Five Bathroom Painting Tips from The Pros

Traditionally most bathrooms are tiled. However, the painted areas are easily revamped with a lick of paint. By choosing a paint colour in a bold new shade, you will be giving your entire bathroom a makeover. We rounded up some of our painting experts and asked them to share their top tips for painting a bathroom. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare Apparently saying this once is not enough! No matter what, insist on proper preparation for a successful finish. Fill cracks and holes, use a scraper to get rid of any loose paint. Take a close look, and sand any rough patched then wipe down with a damp cloth for a nice and smooth surface. This applies not only to bathrooms but to all interior house painting. What is rather specific to bathrooms is the possible presence of mould. It is a good idea to clean off any mould the day before you plan to paint so that the surfaces are thoroughly dry and the fumes are well gone before you start. Use diluted bleach solution for this. Cover Up To protect the rest of your bathroom from oil-based paint, protect all your fittings with tape, cover the exposed areas with plastic drop cloths, and remove all the cover plates. Our expert painters all shared the stress of losing screws from bathroom fixtures. They recommend you keep them in a zipped plastic bag as you remove them. Use the Right Paint Your best bet for bathrooms is to use a semi-gloss finish that is mould and mildew resistant. If you are planning to paint over the tiles, ensure that you buy the correct paint and primer. Equipment Use a mini roller (and tray) to make it easier to get into the nooks and crannies typical to bathrooms. “Keep rollers and brushes wet between applications by wrapping them in plastic wrap or aluminium foil.” Technique Step back every few minutes to check for drips that you may have missed, and smooth them out. Once a section has been painted, go back over it – in one direction – to ensure a smooth finish. For all your house painting requirements and more painting tips like these, please contact Warrior Paints...

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How to Calculate How Much Paint Your Room Needs

Hands up if this sounds familiar: You are diligently painting out the rooms of your home over the long Easter break. You and your partner may have spent a while choosing a paint colour. You have moved all the furniture, taped up all the edges, and covered the carpets with a drop cloth. The project is going rather smoothly if you say so yourself. Until… you run out of paint. How could that be? Let us have a look at how to calculate how much interior house paint you need. Estimate the Amount of Paint You Need When it comes to house painting, preparation is key. Prior to painting the interior walls, ceiling, woodwork, doors and windows of your home, you need to determine the amount of paint you will require. These calculations are specific for each surface you want to paint. Painting Your Walls To gauge the amount of paint you will need to cover the walls of a room: Measure the length of all the walls, and the height from floor to ceiling. Add together all the wall lengths and multiply that by the wall height. This gives you the room’s square meterage. Calculate the square meterage of each window and each door in the same way i.e. length x height. Add these up and then deduct them from your overall measurement. Use the guidelines on the paint container to see what the coverage is. Normally around 43 m2 per 5 litre. Divide the paintable wall area by 43 (the square-meter coverage in each 5 litre can) to find the number of tins of paint you need for the walls. Double the figure if the walls require two coats. Painting Your Ceiling To work out the amount of ceiling paint needed: Find the area by multiplying the length of the ceiling times its width. Divide that number by the estimated square meter covered per 5 litre to figure out how many tins of paint you need. Double if the ceiling needs two coats. Woodwork, Doors and Windows This is done in the same way. Remember though that the coverage may be different with non-acrylic paints. For all your house painting requirements and more painting tips like this, please contact Warrior Paints...

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