Builders merchants advice: how to achieve a professional paint job

As builders merchants and experts in renovation and restoration we know that there's nothing quite like a new paint job to make your home or premises look fresh.

Painting is one of the easiest, quickest and most affordable ways to improve the home – hence why it's one of the most popular DIY projects. Follow our advice for achieving an impressive professional finish when you paint your home.

Builders merchants tips for a great paint job

Give your room a facelift with an immaculate paint job. It will ramp up the look and feel of your home considerably – here are our top tips for getting the best from your DIY project:

1.      Use the right products for the surface

The best product for the job is dependent on several factors: whether you're painting walls, ceilings, coving or skirtings, whether the surface is plaster or timber and the finish – such as matt, satin or high gloss. If in doubt, your friendly local builders merchants will be able to advise you on this.

2.      Brush or roller?

Paintbrushes are best used for cutting-in, windows, baseboards and intricate trim work; rollers are best used for larger areas. Use an extension pole for high up areas and ceilings.

3.      Protect other surfaces

When painting walls or ceilings it's wise to use dust sheets to protect floors and large pieces of furniture which can't be removed.

4.      Preparation is key!

Start by prepping the surface by sanding and filling every crack and dent and removing any peeling old paint. This is crucial as, whatever paint you opt for, if the underlying surface is full of imperfections then they will show through so it pays to create a flawless base. Be sure to remove any dust or cleaning product and allow the area to dry properly.

Alternatively, if your walls are in a good condition already, then clean them thoroughly with sugar soap or a light detergent to remove any residual grease or dirt. It's also sensible to mask areas to protect them from paint and create a neat edge.

If a surface is glossy then sand gently to provide a 'key' for the paint to adhere to and then vacuum to remove dust.

5.      Use primer

If you're painting new plaster, drywall/plasterboard or over a darker colour, then it's vital that you use a coat of primer first. The benefits of primer are that it blocks stains from bleeding through and allows one-coat coverage. Primer also improves paint adhesion, reduces blisters and peeling. Tint the (usually white) primer towards the colour of the finished paint to enhance the coverage of the top coat.

6.      Get painting!

Use a brush to gradually cut-in around the perimeter of the room and door and window frames; alternate with a roller to maintain a wet edge and prevent a visible line.

7.      The finishing touches

Once walls and ceilings are dry, use decorator's tape to mask them off so that you can paint the mouldings, baseboards, door and window frames.

If in doubt you can always ask for advice from the friendly experts at Chandlers builders merchants for tips on the best products for the purpose.

Builders merchants with a host of internal finishing products

At Chandlers we supply a comprehensive range of paint and quality decorator's tools and accessories which allow tradespeople and homeowners to create a perfect paint finish. Our Chertsey and Lewes branches have a Dulux paint mixing machine which offers thousands of paint shades and finishes.

Besides a comprehensive range of paint and internal finishing products, Chandlers builders merchants has a full range of building supplies to make sure your project runs to plan and our knowledgeable staff will be delighted to offer their expert opinion to help you choose the right products for your needs.

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