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Before You Start

Step 1: Engage a Good Painter

You must engage a good painter before, you start your painting project. A good painter will explain to you the job at hand and also the material required upfront. As you are negotiating price ask him for the number of days he and his team will work and if he is taking gift coupons into the account or not. ​Go and visit sites that he has recently painted and talk to the property owner about his conduct.

Step 3: Discuss Surface Issues that need treatment  before painting

It is very important that you and your painter jointly review and discuss surface issues before the work commence. Some of the issues arise out of underlying unattended problems such as moisture, leakage, seepage, surface cracking or brick bursting. All such issues must be treated before painting the surface, we have listed most commonly occurring issues in the Painting Issues section of this site.

Step 3: Select Your Paint Brand and Color Scheme

Good brands always provides you with the details of the product and often offer free color color consulting services. They also allow return of unused paint and offer post sales services in the event of problem. Color selection upfront is equally important to save the cost of material and labor.

Step 4: Priming and Filling

Always apply a primer coat new unpainted surfaces to make the new paint adhere, it also provides protection against moisture. Use Homex Filling to make surface look smoother and even. For walls with larger areas of patching plaster, it's advisable to use a sealer or primer. Priming doesn't require as much care as painting. Homex brand a wide variety of primers, ask your retailer.

Step 5: Ready to Roll & Brush

You'll want to begin with the ceiling, in sections about six feet square. If you are using any other finish other than the normal flat finish emulsions it should go over the entire ceiling with one-directional, overlapping, non-diagonal strokes to blend the paint. Next, repeat the same steps with the walls, covering to within 1-1/2 inches of all edges.

Step 6: Wall Brushwork

Ask your painter to mask the perimeter of the ceiling with painting tape and paint the upper perimeter of the walls, as well as all areas that cannot be covered with the roller. If the ceiling and walls need a second coat, you can do it after the first coat dries. Check the label for re-coating guidelines. Remember, a roller always saves time and gives textural look.

Step 7: Trim baseboards, doors and windows

With painting tape or a paint edger, protect newly painted wall surfaces while you paint the woodwork. Doors can be wedged open with a rolled-up newspaper, but be sure to put a drop cloth underneath them.  By using the above methods, you’ll virtually ensure that whether you’re moving out or moving’ in, your home will be a showpiece and the first step towards making your house a home.

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