section of the web site will help you to :
Figure out your options on painting your exterior and
interior walls, ceilings, doors, windows and
to know the various types of paints, the quantities
required, their application procedure and how to
calculate your budget.
Know how to follow the right procedure to prepare surfaces
for painting - and get the best, most durable finish.
Learn how to identify, diagnose and fix problems or
anticipate and prevent surface defects.
Pick up the basics on decor, colour and surface protection.
In choosing paints and budgeting, remember :
Different surfaces require different kinds of paints
which have been developed specifically for
Painting involves a system comprising at least two
components, a paint and a primer, and sometimes
a third, a thinner. To get the desired results,
you must use the recommended primer. With water-based
paints, water is the thinning agent. For solvent-based
paints, you need the recommended thinner.
Primers are available in both water and solvent based
Paints, primers, tools and accessories make up only
part (usually half) of your total painting costs;
the other part is cost of labour, which may vary
from place to place.
Armed with this knowledge you can confidently select
a painter, evaluate his knowledge, his estimate
for the job, and the suitability of his manpower.
Planning your painting schedule :
Survey all the areas to be painted with the painter,
evaluate and take stock of all the requirements. The
key lies in how you plan the disposal of your house
space for painting. The objective is to free enough
space at a time to cycle surface preparation, priming,
painting and intervening drying time. Painting during
the rains and in very windy conditions is to be avoided
and remember to keep rooms well ventilated at all stages
paint job is basically a 3-stage process, punctuated
by drying time after each stage :
Surface Preparation (which is different for new and
previously unpainted surfaces and previously painted
Priming (this stage is mainly protective in nature
and critical for the enduring performance of paint
Paint Application (the final stage when the finishing
coats are applied)
painting your home, there are basically 4 types of paints
on the following categories for further information.