At our paintshop in Geelong, we find that one of the biggest mistakes made by do-it-yourself painters is not preparing the surface properly before they begin painting. Lack of preparation stops the paint from adhering properly and voids paint product performance guarantees. It is also best to use the best quality paints and professional tools to create the best results. That is why at Colourworld Geelong we only supply the best quality paint, paint products and painting accessories. The paint and painting products we supply to our retail customers are the same painting products we supply to our professional clients in the painting trade.
Geelong Colourworld has all the painting accessories necessary to help make your paint job last as long as possible. It is also important to use the right paint for the surface you are painting. We have a range of paints including oil-based paints, low sheen, matt, marine paints, water-based enamel, satin, gloss, high gloss, flat, metallic, interior, exterior, oil-based paint, latex, emulsion and more to suit any surface. Come and see us at our paint shop in Geelong so we can help you select the best paint products for the job.
Painting products and painting preparation
- Make a list of the products needed for paint preparation, then come and see us at our Geelong paintshop and we can help supply you with the correct tools.
- Use drop sheets to protect floors and furniture.
- The surfaces must be free of grease, dirt, dust, cracks, flaking paint, wallpaper or wallpaper glue and residue.
- Painting specialists at Geelong Colourworld can advise and supply you with the best cleaning agents to clean your surface of dust, dirt and grime.
- Identify cracks, holes in plaster and gaps in timber to be filled and repair with fillers and patching compounds from our range of painting accessories.
- Wallpaper needs to be stripped and all the residue removed – we have wallpaper steamers for hire and a range of wallpaper removing products.
- Choose sanding sponges and sanding pads, labelled and colour-coded specifically for:
- stripping paint – coarse
- bare surfaces – medium
- between coats – fine.
- Use painters’ tape for masking, which comes in a refillable applicator.
- If it’s a clean edge and protection you’re after, try a masking tape with a pull-down drop sheet.
- When all cracks, holes and gaps are filled, the surface will need to be dry-sanded. Run your fingers over the surface to ensure it is smooth and flush with the surface.
- Painting can be very messy so wear old clothes, disposable overalls (available at our paintshop), a hat and cover glasses with cling film.
- Wear protective gloves to protect your hands, especially when using caustic cleaning agents and paint remover.
- Line painting trays with disposable tray liners to make clean-up easier.
- Use a metal roller-cleaner to squeeze out excess paint from the roller sleeve before washing it clean. You can wring up to 250ml of paint out of the roller.
- Buy a roller with a cover so you can store the unwashed roller in it, between coats or overnight.
- Avoid painting in extremely hot or cold conditions as the temperature affects paint performance. Wall temperature must be above 10°C.
- Mix the paint with a wooden stirrer – keep the stirrer for colour reference when buying accessories.
- Pour the paint into the roller-tray reservoir, making sure you don’t overfill it. Dip the roller into the paint, then roll it gently back and forth on the ramp to evenly distribute the paint.
- Use paint pads with wheels to make cutting in around architraves and skirting quicker.
- Never stop painting mid-wall as this will show later.
- Moisten your paintbrush before you paint. Dip it in water if working with acrylic paint, or in mineral turpentine if working with oil-based paint. Remove excess liquid before you paint. Load the brush by dipping it in paint up to half the length of the bristles. Gently tap against the side of the tin; don’t wipe hard against the lip.
How much paint?
- Ask the experts at your local paint centre in Geelong – Geelong Colourworld.
- Check the back of the paint tin for square-metre coverage.
- Or, do it yourself. Simply measure the distance around the room and the height of the room. Multiply the two figures to determine the square-metre coverage. If the room needs two coats of paint, simply double the quantity. A four-litre can of paint will cover at least 48 square metres.
If you need advice on colour selection come and look at our range of paint colours in our Resene, Taubmans, Sikkens, Wattyl and Jotun ranges. Take a look at our tips on paint colour selection or come and see one of our colour consultants for advice on paint colour choices.