How to Prepare Your Home’s Exterior for Painting

How to Prepare Your Home’s Exterior for Painting

So, you’ve spent money on buying quality exterior house paint. How do you now make sure that it stands the test of time? Below, we provide you with some expert painting tips for getting the best possible bang for your buck when it comes to painting your home’s exterior. Wash the Walls  Dust and dirt can result in the exterior house paint not adhering as well as it should, meaning that you’ll have to repaint the walls a lot sooner than you had probably hoped to. Giving the walls a quick wash with a bit of water will help to avoid this. If you can get your hands on a pressure-washer, even better. Scrape, Scrape, Scrape  Using a paint scraper, get rid of any flaking paint once the walls have dried properly. This will make sure that you have a smoother surface to work with. Fill in the Cracks  Another hindrance in terms of getting a smooth surface, is cracks in the wall. Smooth these out with the help of some quality caulk and you’ll be good to go. Landscape  If there are any overhanging plants or branches, or any ivy growing on the walls themselves, make sure that you remove them before you get started. Apply Primer  Primer will help to make sure that your exterior house paint lasts for as long as possible. It’s definitely well worth the additional spend, saving you plenty of money in the long run. Are you looking to buy the best quality exterior house paint? Perhaps you need assistance with choosing a paint colour? Maybe you’re on the hunt for more house painting tips? Either way, it’s time to get in touch with the team at Warrior Paints! Specialising in acrylic paint, we can help you to get your home looking great...

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Painting Over Brick – What You Need to Know

Are you thinking about applying exterior house paint onto your brickwork? Doing so can be a tricky business. However, if you adhere to the following tips, the result is sure to be everything that you hoped to achieve, and more. Take Care of Any Problems First If there is mould present on the brickwork over which you intend to paint, you’ll need to get rid of that before applying your first coat. If the brickwork is chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged, you’ll also want to attend to these issues beforehand. It might be worth it to hire a masonry expert to assist you in this regard. Ensure Proper Preparation To make certain that the exterior house paint adheres to the brickwork, you will need to prep the surface well before you get started. Remember that if the brick is brand new, it is recommended to wait at least one year before painting it to allow for drying, leaching and weathering. If the brick is older than a year, be sure to clean it thoroughly using soap and water (acid cleaning solutions may cause permanent damage). Choose the Right Paint While choosing a paint colour is important, you will also need to pay attention to the type of exterior house paint that you buy. Make sure that it has been specially designed to be applied to the brickwork. If not, it will not adhere very well, leading to you having to repaint much sooner than expected. Are you in search of quality exterior house paint for painting over brick? You’ll find it here at Warrior Paints. When it comes to house painting essentials, we’ve got it all. Pay us a visit today or contact us should you have any questions, from how to paint over brick to how to paint metal. We look forward to hearing from...

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Got Mould? Here’s How to Make Your Walls Look as Good as New

Is your interior house paint starting to look a bit worse for wear thanks to the presence of persistent mould? Not only is mould unsightly, but it can be detrimental to your health as well. Luckily, with the right tools and know-how you will be able to remove it from your walls once and for all. This is what you need to know: What You’ll Require In order to eliminate the mould, you’ll need chlorine bleach, water, a stiff-bristled brush, two cloths and a dash of good old fashioned elbow grease. How It’s Done Begin by making a solution of chlorine bleach and water. Use one part bleach to 3 parts water and apply generously to the affected portions of the wall using one of your cloths. If you don’t have chlorine bleach on hand, you may also use a household detergent which contains bleach as one of its active ingredients. Next, use the stiff-bristled brush to scrub the mould away before rinsing well and drying with the other cloth. Give Your Walls a Fresh Lick of Acrylic Paint Once your walls are squeaky clean again, why not take things one step further and give them a new lick of acrylic paint to finish off? You’ll be amazed at how this extra touch will revive your home! Not sure how to go about choosing a paint colour? Why not experiment with something a little more daring this time around? Brighter, more vibrant colours are all the rage this year! When it comes to interior house paint, and house painting essentials in general, you can always rely on Warrior Paints to provide you with the best. Contact us today to learn more about our product range or for a couple of helpful DIY painting...

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How to Add Architectural Interest to Your Home Using Paint

How to Add Architectural Interest to Your Home Using Paint

Why go about house painting the old-fashioned way when you can add additional architectural detail and depth instead? The great news is that it is really simple to do – you definitely don’t need to be a skilled visual artist to get it right. So, without further ado, here are our top painting tips to keep in mind: Create A Minimalist Fireplace  Choose a paint colour that both contrasts and complements the colour of the walls in your living room and use it to paint a large square around a basic hole in the wall. You can then turn it into a modern, minimalistic fireplace. Enhance Your Doorways  Using interior house paint, paint a large border around a few of the doors in your home. This simple decorating technique can help to transform a boring doorway into a big deal, adding depth and interest to each room. Fake A Headboard  Using a bright yet neutral paint colour, paint a large rectangle over the area where your bed is placed, and you will be able to fashion a pretty stylish ‘headboard’ that helps to provide ‘edge’ to your cosy bedroom. Add ‘Moulding’  Mouldings can really make a room ooze sophistication. Unfortunately, they often cost a fortune to install! The good news is that you can create something just as special by simply painting a quarter of your walls. Bolder colours look great in this regard, so don’t be afraid to experiment! When it comes to house painting and the best quality acrylic paint, Warrior Paints is the place to be. For more information about our broad range of essentials, contact us...

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How to Paint Wall Mouldings and Trim Like a Pro

You have your wall colours sorted. But now it’s time to paint the trim and mouldings. These areas can be tricky to paint. Not only because they are out of reach, but they sometimes include moulded details. They need to be painted carefully because they often contrast with wall colour – and an uneven finish is not what you want to achieve! Our painting tips for trim and mouldings should help you to take some of the hassles out of your home decor work, for a better and more professional finish: Clean and Sand the Trim Thoroughly Cleaning before you paint anything is an absolute must, but especially important with moulding, where dust and dirt can easily get trapped in small crevices and details. Sugar soap is the best pre-painting cleaning agent. Use a scrubbing brush (or even an old toothbrush) to make sure not a speck of dust remains. Sanding is also vital. For your acrylic paint to adhere well, a slightly roughened surface is required. Use Masking Tape to Define Edges If you choose a paint colour for your trim that is contrasted with your wall colour, you don’t want any of the trim colour to end up on the wall or windows, do you? You can ensure a nice, clean contrasted edge with masking tape. Paint over the masking tape, and when your paint is dry, peel the tape off carefully. You’ll be left with a nice sharp line, and no paint on the walls. Many Light Coats When house painting it is always better to layer many thin coats of colour for a lasting and even finish. This is even more true when it comes to trims and moulding. You don’t want to use too much paint that will fill up any moulded details and detract from the finish. Using thick coats can also take a very long time to dry, and in the case of patterned mouldings, end up looking clumpy. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of luxury house paints for interiors and exteriors. For more information and other house painting tips, please contact us...

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How to create a warm colour palette for your home

With so many interior paint colours to choose from these days, painting the interior of your home has never before offered the creative outlet that it does now. So, why stick to one colour for all your walls when you can create a ‘colour palette’? There are plenty of painting tips to help you get the look you want, as the days of reverting to standard off-white or ‘eggshell’– the colours that go with everything – are long gone. Paining tips for choosing interior paint colours It’s a well-known and accepted fact that colour effects the mood of a room – and indeed, your mood. So-called ‘cold colours’ include pale blues and greens and bright whites, and ‘warm colours’ include browns, reds, orange and yellow. However, you can’t just go painting the inside of house in the ‘warm colours’ and expect to create the right mood. You are more likely to create colour clashes and end up with the sense that the rooms are smaller. This is the last thing you want unless you really do want to make a large room seem smaller and cosier. Using colour wheels and swatches to create colour palettes This is where colour palettes come in. You can use paint colour swatches and colour wheels to choose four of five colours that complement each other to create the look and feel you want. A general rule of thumb when combining colours is that they don’t consist of clashing colours (colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel). Others are to stay away from solid primary colours, consider size of the room, your décor scheme and to also take into consideration the direction from which light enters your room. This importance of this point can be illustrated by the effect of an off-white paint with an orange or pink pigment in a room that gets late afternoon sunlight. The sunset light will pick up the otherwise ‘unseen’ pigment, transforming the light in the room and the feel of it with startling effect. The ideal ‘warm’ colour palette Having considered the above, start looking at colours with red, rose, orange and yellow pigments – concentrating on an off-white base with these pigments and restricting the use of darker colours to bedrooms and living areas that get a lot of light. Other good colours, depending on your décor, include the ‘earth’ tones – ideal for African-style lodge homes and cottages. With these ranges in the mix, house painting has never been more of an adventure! Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and painting tips, as well as supplies for creating the perfect warm interior look in your home. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint, acrylic paint and painting...

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