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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Here’s What 2018’s Colour Trends Look Like!

The Pantone colour trend predictions for 2018 are out – and boy are they gorgeous! Trending colours are mostly neutrals combined with eye-catching bright accents – it’s time to be brave with your decor and interior house paint choices! While exterior house paint colour choices will always lean towards more versatile colours such as white or beige, you can still have fun outdoors with these colour trends, by painting outside furniture in bright colours, or incorporating accent colours into cushions. Pantone have developed 8 unique palettes. They have given them enticing names such as Resourceful, Playful, Verdure and Tech-nique. Here are just a few of the highlights as well as our colour painting tips on what to watch out for in 2018: Complementary Blue and Orange Nothing quite catches the eye like blue and orange. And these 2 colours look fantastic together. For a look that is contemporary without being overwhelming, stick to blue and grey-blue walls complemented with orange and red tones in accent furnishings and cushions. A Touch of Minion Yellow Yes, we said Minions. When you’re choosing a paint colour and you want to pick something that is highly fashionable, then you should know that yellow is very on trend at the moment. It should not be made overpowering. Rather, select a base palette that is neutral – either blue greys or warm beiges, and make your yellow accents pop by using them sparingly. Pink Power If you’re choosing a luxury house paint, why not choose a luxury colour that oozes elegance? Barbie pink is out, and subtle shades are in. If you want to incorporate pink, think dusty rose and blush, with accents of berry shades. Sage green and rose gold make fantastic accent colours to use with a pink colour scheme. Brights And Whites Turquoise, pink and purple – balanced with bright white – makes for an interior house paint palette that is bright and almost seems to sparkle. Combine with fresh clean neutrals (no dusty tones) for the best effect. Warrior Paints stocks a wide variety of luxury interior and exterior house paint. For more information and other house painting tips, please contact us...

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These 5 things are making your home look outdated

There are many things that can make your home look old-fashioned and outdated – from décor to the design of the house itself. However, perhaps surprisingly to some, paintwork can contribute as much as anything else to making your home look old. However, this is easily fixed, as all you need then is new interior house and exterior house paint to bring your home into the modern era. The interior features you can fix with luxury house paint Old paint – paint that is flaking, peeling and discoloured Interior stucco walls in with bubble pain effect Painted walls with wallpaper combos – especially the flowery designs Solid harsh white walls with no softening pigments Paint Colours colour palettes that dominated the middle decades of last century Paint colours that ‘age’ your house Pink. Who would paint their walls pink? Have you looked round you? Baby, dusty or salmon pink houses were all the rage from the 50’s to the 80’s. They are everywhere. They just don’t look as garishly pink as they once did. Choosing a paint colour for exterior house paint these days will almost certainly be exclusive of the colour pink in any form. Cool pastel palettes with grey undertones. There’s nothing really wrong with the colours, but today’s luxury acrylic house paint offers better pigments that can create a far warmer look and feel. Bright solid colours. These are fine for nursery schools, but not your home – not for interior, nor exterior house paint. Orange and green were particularly popular at one misguided time, and, unless you want to keep your home as a shrine to the late 60’s and70’s, you will want to repaint these rooms around the time you throw out the brown speckled carpets. Paint effects from the 60’s and 70’s Remember bubble paint? Unless you are living in a ‘hacienda-style’ home with archways, you need to get rid of this effect, scraping the underlaying ‘bubble’ layer away. Walls that contrasted with painted cupboards, frames and lintels. No, not anymore! You can have complimentary colours as part of a carefully selected palette, but directly contrasting solid colours went out with The Grateful Dead – especially the ones in brown and orange. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and interior house paint and exterior house paint for the perfect updated interior paints for your home. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and we can make house painting a...

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Why curb appeal matters

Selling your house? If you want to make your house and property look as attractive as possible from the road, especially for prospective buyers, you need to invest in something called ‘curb appeal’. Curb appeal can make the difference between your house sitting on the market for months or ‘sold’. For this you could need as little as some good quality exterior house paint. Adding real value to your home Although there are several ways to add curb appeal to your home, one of the most important is painting the exterior of your house. If the exterior of your home looks shabby, it won’t matter how much landscaping or other ‘dressing up’ you do, you will lose potential sales – because first impressions really do matter. Painting the exterior of home and other buildings doesn’t just add an ‘attractive’ factor to entice potential buyers; it increases the real value of your home and property. It’s therefore an essential investment, and well worth using high quality paints and painting services to do the job. Exterior painting as an investment Depending on the original state of your property, you may need to dig deep to create the kind of curb appeal that will add significant value to your home. There’s no getting around that, but in terms of return on investment, an extensive exterior paint job is the least expensive. The reward will far outweigh the outlay. In addition, few people will want to purchase a home that requires an extensive paint job, while many buyers might be enticed by the landscaping possibilities a so-called ‘blank canvas’ can offer. Exterior house paint can transform a house It’s not just the ‘fresh lick’ of exterior house paint, but the look and character that the house painting creates. You can turn unappealing or ordinary into enticing and exciting just through choosing a paint colour that can transform your home. This can add as much value to your home as interior design, and this will in turn get your house sold more quickly – and for more. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting, creating superb curb appeal with exterior house paint and with choosing a colour that will make all the difference. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products and we can help you add real value to your...

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Why does my paint peel, crack or bubble?

There are important differences between interior house paints and exterior house paints. Not knowing the differences and using in interior paint on the outside of your house, you will get peeling, cracking and bubbling – particularly on exterior walls that are exposed to direct sunlight. Although you do get some ranges that can be used for both interiors and exteriors, many of the best polymer-blend acrylic house paints are now highly specialised, increasingly requiring the use of specially designed paint for different applications and surfaces. So, if are you tempted to use that unfinished tin of interior house paint to brighten up an exterior wall, read on: Exterior house paint Exterior house paints are designed to withstand sun, rain and mildew. They are also specifically designed to adhere to exterior walls and surfaces such as stucco. This is all achieved through higher concentrations of resins, pigments and other ‘preservative’ additives in the paint. Very importantly, exterior house paint is fairly ‘flat’ and porous. This is not something you can see, but it’s important because it allows moisture to escape from the wall instead of bubbling under the paint. Interior house paint Interior house paint is usually finer in texture and therefore more delicate than exterior paint, with design elements focused more on subtle colour effect with less pigment. Another important aspect is lower concentrations of air pollutants. Interior house paints are also designed to be more resistant to sharp marks and abrasions. Theoretically, you can use an exterior paint inside, though you may get more air pollutants from it, it’s really the other way around that you want to avoid. Other reasons why your paint won’t adhere or degrades There are other reasons why the fresh paint on your wall or other surfaces may look good for a few weeks before it suddenly starts to degrade – to peel, crack or bubble. Lack of surface preparation e.g. the application of a primer if required Damp walls Painting over old paint instead of scraping it off completely Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for house painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best luxury house paint and painting products, and we’ll be happy give you painting tips and help you choose a paint colour for your interior wall and...

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Decorative painting tips, inspiration and ideas

There are no limits to what you can do with decorative painting, but inspiration and creativity are not enough, and if it’s your first foray into decorative painting, you need to brush up on some painting tips. Decorative painting can be a lot of fun, provided you are properly prepared from the start. It’s also worth the time and investment to add character to rooms, or value and good looks to furniture and homeware. There are so many things you can do with decorative painting, so it’s a good idea to do a bit of research into the various paint effects that you could employ, how to achieve a certain effect or look, and some ‘do’s and don’ts’. There are too many to cover here, so let’s start with a few of the most important painting tips: Top painting tips for decorative painting Choosing a paint colour: Always use a colour chart to plan your colour combinations. Sketch out your design on paper first, and if you are a first timer, keep it simple. If you are going for an intricate design, draw it out on the wall first with a pencil. Invest in some good quality artists brushes for fine work. Choose matt acrylic paint for decorative designs as shine may alter the final look. Make sure that you have all your tools ready before you start. Let your expert paint supplier advise you on which paints to use for which effects and on which surfaces. Equally important is the advice you’ll get on what and what not to use, where and why. Even if your design is not intricate, it’s important to get advice on the right interior house paint for your decorative project. Finding inspiration and ideas There are thousands of sources for inspiration and ideas on decorative painting. Start with your bookstore. The hobbies and crafts section is sure to have a range of publications full of inspirational ideas and point-to-point instruction on technique and painting tips. Pinterest is a great website for inspiring painting ideas and if you find something wonderful you need advice on achieving, you know what to do next. Contact us today to let the team at Warrior Paints assist you with questions, advice and supplies for decorative painting. We stock the full range of South Africa’s best house and decorative painting products, and we’ll be happy to help get you started on your painting...

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