Professional Painting and Decorating

Professional Painting and Decorating – Painters and Decorators

Experience has taught many Painters & Decorators experts, the easy way to Painting & Decorating like a expert. You hardly ever see a professional painter and decorator painting straight from the tin. The Decorator or Painter uses a paint kettle ( any container with a handle ) which can be cleaned out every night. The Painter strains his paint into the kettle through an old stocking if necessary, so dust and bits of paint skin never spoils the new paint work.

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When he stops for tea or lunch break, the decorator keeps his brushes from drying by suspending them into the paint by a wire through a hole in the handle or by wrapping them into a plastic bag. When the work day is finished, the Painter & Decorator he washes them thoroughly, first in thinners ( white spirit ) then in water, flicks the water out and hangs them to dry. Always wipe the brush on the same side of the kettle, so the other side stays clean and so does the paint kettle handle.
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Keeping an striping knife, helps when you need to scoop up any paint that accidentally gets in the wrong place. It is a good idea to run in new brushes. Always wash new brushes before use, and use them first for primer and undercoat painting.

Masking tape makes windows painting easier, but nothing can beat a steady hand. For stairs, casements windows and doors, paint your way down and tackle awkward bits first. If you paint sash windows, be frugal with paint around the sliding parts or they may stick.

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Paint large areas a bit at the time, vertical stripes first, the cross strokes to join them without putting more paint on the brush or rollers, then laying off, smoothly gently back into the painted area.
Limit yourself to an area small enough not to be dry before adjacent squares are started, or you will get a hard line of paint showing between the sections. The faster the paint dries, the smaller such sections should be. Timber and wood is best finished by painting in the same direction as the grains.

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Painter and Decorator’s dictionary

Painters and Decorators dictionary

There’s more to walls, especially old fashioned walls, than you think. When the London Painters and Decorators are painting a room, ceilings always comes first to make sure the walls are not getting stained before they are painted. Then walls if they are to be painted, then the woodwork. If the walls are to be wallpapered, then they come last, after all the paintwork is completely dry.

Ceiling rose, made of plaster cast
ceiling rose

Cove or coving, generally made of plaster cast or paper covered foam.

Cornice, similar material to Cove but the design is more complex.

Picture rail, made of wood, MFD or plaster

Dado rail, made of wood, MDF or plaster

Chamfered skirting boards, made of wood or MDF
Chamfered Architrave/Skirting

Moulded skirting boards, a more complex design than Chamfered skirting

Architrave, made of wood or MDF

MDF or Medium density fibreboard is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres.

You can read more about Building Terms Glossary here.

Cracks in plaster and decorating

Repairing plaster cracks before painting & decorating

painter repairing wallWith any plaster repairs, hack away any loose or damaged material with a bolster and hammer, brush away dust, damp broken surfaces and area using a PVA mix with water. Pick up plaster on the underside of the trowel and press into hole, adding more until not quite level with surrounding good plaster. Leave to harden, scratching lines to make key for top layer. This is best put on with flat face of a stripping knife, finishing by smoothing with the knife wet. Plaster will stick to a dry blade.

When the final layer is dry, sand down the wall using sandpaper and use wall filler to get a good finish, before sanding down the excess filler. The wall crack then needs a coat of primer or undercoat before the final painting coats can be applied. It is very probable that the whole wall will need to be repainted in order to match the paint colour, at least professional painters and decorators should opt for that.

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