Here are some general guidelines for painting. Please see the links below to pages which explain in detail how to successfully paint various surfaces.
Preparing the Room
Move all furniture, including rugs, into the centre of the room and cover with dust sheets. Put dust sheets or newspaper on the floor space beneath painting. It is best to tape newspaper down. Safely remove any light switch plates, door plates, window and door fittings and store somewhere safe with fixings. Ensure all surfaces to be painted are dry, sound, free of dirt. Patch up any cracks and holes, fill and sand to leave a smooth surface for painting. Open doors and windows and keep the room well ventilated while painting and afterwards when practicable.
To help you decide how much paint you'll require, please use our Paint Calculator as a guide. Best to equip yourself with good roller and sturdy tray, though a good brush may be used. Please consult the Technical Sheets for detailed information. We find the paint is best applied with a roller. Attach the handle to the roller and tip the paint into one end of a sturdy paint tray. Leave one end of the tray empty. Dip the roller into the paint and move it back and forth up the tray until covered evenly. Apply quickly and evenly working up and down until the area is covered.
General Painting Tips
Stir all paint thoroughly before use. Apply in thin coats. Dilute if necessary according to detailed technical sheets. Allow all previous coats to dry thoroughly before applying subsequent coats. We want you to achieve the best results so please check through the following guidelines and the further information on the Technical Product Information page which we urge you or your decorator to read.
- Painting Interior Walls & Ceilings
- Painting Interior Woodwork
- Painting Interior Metalwork
- Painting Exterior Woodwork and Metalwork
Rinse the brushes, roller and tray immediately according to detailed instructions. Generally remove excess paint and then wash in warm soapy water for equipment used with water based products. Equipment used for oil paint needs to be cleaned in Oil Thinners. Thoroughly dry all equipment with kitchen roll and store hanging up. Decant leftover paint into smaller airtight containers and keep out of reach of children. Leftover paint maybe stored for up to a year at room temperature. Outdoor sheds and garages will be too cold in the winter.
If you have enough leftover paint to be useful, why not donate it to a local charity.
Do not empty residues into drains to avoid blockage.