How Do We Paint Interiors?

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Interior Painting Sydney

More than half of home painting is interior painting of Gyprock walls. There is also exterior painting, which uses some different methods, and the painting of woodwork, painting of metal structures, occasionally painting of floors. But interior wall painting is still the most common type.

Many home-owners have some basic knowledge of interior painting, and can do a passable job. But this is time-consuming, often taking a weekend to do a single room. And the results, while often acceptable, are usually not optimal.

Exterior versus Interior Painting Sydney

The paint used for exteriors is quite different to the paint used indoors. It has additives that prevent damage from sunlight. This makes it more expensive. There is rarely any reason to use exterior paints on an indoor surface, because the inside of the home is not exposed to harsh sunlight. Occasionally we might use non-fade exterior paint on a windowsill, but that is one of the few exceptions.

Interior paint is formulated to work on Gyprock that has been given a good primer. It will also work on timber or sometime metal of brick if a primer that is right for that type of surface is used. But the majority of the time it is used on Gyprock walls.

Interior Painting Process

– Use the right primer. This allows the paint to bond well to the surface. These are different primers for Gyprock walls, timber, ceramic and metal.
Primers will also cover up some imperfections in the surface, such as discolouration or plaster repairs.

Tinted primer, which has a similar colour to the final paint, is recommended.
– Most interiors use matt or eggshell finish paint. These reflect light in a pleasing manner and hide some imperfections. Eggshell is growing in popularity because it is also quite stain resistant.
Sometime Gloss paint is used on trim, on windowsill and on door frames.

– Use a brush to do the edges of the walls, Then use a roller to paint the main body of the wall. Avoid lap marks and use a roller with a thin nap (a thin layer of material) to give a smoother result.

Interior Painting Tips

– Use painter’s tape on the edges of the wall to give neat lines. You can microwave the tape for 10 seconds if it is hard to peel off the role.

– Wet brushes or rollers can be wrapped in cling wrap and stored in a fridge if you need to take a brief break from painting. They will stay wet overnight if necessary.

– Store any leftover paint in a tight glass jar. You can use this in the future if you need to make repairs.

Interior Painting Sydney

Quality interior painting can improve the appearance of any home. Call professional Painters for the best results.

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