Howick Botany house kitchen, laundry and toilet rooms plastering and painting works. This is a renovation painting job. The previous painter could not do dry wall repair, plastering and sanding works. This is why we took over in the middle before it’s all completed.
We fixed all the damages, plastered smooth the major uneven surface, then we had to plaster the areas three times with a last time fine plastering and sanding to achieve smooth and even flat wall and ceiling surface so after painting, people do not recognize that they walls and ceilings are completely repaired or replaced. These are the beginning of what they were:
It basically took one day for each layer of plastering. Before the next layer we scratch and sand off the major sticks and marks then wait until the second and third coats dry for sanding. GIB wall plaster sanding is not a pleasant job, most trade people try to avoid that. As capable painters are are not able to run away from these kind of sanding and plastering jobs, especially we are serving most of the restoration and renovation house owners.
Final touches: Even after the whole painting works, we constantly need to go back one more time for the so called “final touches”. We make sure that we take utmost cares to finish all painting parts but it’s not avoidable that other people like electricians, cabinet installations, plumbers will do some extra damages on the wall and here and there during their repair or installation jobs.
It’s a good practice that we always save at least half a bucket of top coat paint to achieve a satisfactory final painting result.
Low sheen and flat paint
Generally speaking, interior wall is low sheen water based paint; ceiling is flat paint.
Ceilings are usually painted a light ,or white color. Ceilings can be painted in a flat finish, or the one, I prefer, an eggshell. Usually the jams and baseboard are in a semi gloss white light color, or satin,. The walls, in a color different from the woodwork in a flat or eggshell finish.
If your choice for the walls, is flat, get a scrabble flat , for washing off marks. But realize, repeated scrubbing of the wall for marks works for just a few sessions. In time, you will have to touch up these areas with paint. That’s another reason to use an eggshell or possibly a higher sheen. A sheen in the paint is great for washing off most marks caused by kids and dogs. It makes it easier to broom off ,or vacuum those pesky spider webs.
For Baths, Kitchens, jams and doors, I recommend a 100% acrylic latex semi Gloss or satin. For walls and ceiling I prefer eggshell. If you are painting your walls and baseboards the same color, then use the eggshell on both, if that is your choice.
“One major difference of our professional painters is how we appreciate the concept and practice of priming” – Goldenland
Priming means applying a special paint to bare wood or metal so that subsequent coats of paint adhere better. Only the sanded spots are primed, and the painted shingles are not primed at all. The final coat of paint, of course, covers all of the siding. Therefore, “painting” is really two distinct steps for use: 1. applying primer paint to bare wood; 2. applying finish coat paint to the whole surface.
We sanded anything to bare wood, indoors or outdoors, and apply a primer before using paint. Why primer instead of regular house paint? Because primer contains less pigment, sinks in better for a more adhesive grip, and dries to a slightly granular texture. This rough surface allows subsequent paint coats to improve their grip on the wall, so that they are less likely to peel in the future.
Primer is the first coat of paint put on unpainted surfaces. We use oil-based primer for bare wood, a rust inhibition primer for metal, a transparent masonry sealant for brick and concrete, and sealer for new drywall and plaster.
An existing coat of flat paint provides an adequately rough texture for new coat to grip; glossy paint are roughed up in the preparation stage by hand sanding to take the sheen out and to create the tiny ridges and bumps to which the new paint can adhere.
Applying primer over paint will not damage a paint job, but neither will it match the longevity of paint. Apply primer just as we apply paint: we smooth with the wood grain, and use as much as the surface will hold.
Primer is usually white. This causes a color consistency problem if the final coat of paint will be a dark color the final coat may not completely cover the underlying white primer, leaving a streaked and irregular appearance. We have primer tinted the approximate color of the final coat.
Use of Primers
By painting over a neutral color, we do not prime. Painting over a dark color or bright color we use a primmer sealer such as a Dulux sealer. The primmer helps to seal out the dark/bright old colors. We can cover over a dark color or bright color with multiple coats of finish paint. However, primer will save the cost limiting the amount of finish coats you will have to apply.
- We always check the surface for a, water seepage or dampness.
- We solve the seepage problem at the source. We repair leading pipes or cracks too.
- We remove any loose plaster from the wall. Tap the walls to check for loose plaster. We fill up all cracks and we repair any broken plaster.
- We give adequate time for curing 7 to 21 days depending on the extent of plastering. When we do re plastering, we give adequate time for drying and stabilizing.
Our painters give adequate time so that the newly plaster surface can mature.
- The popping of plaster can be solved during painting.
- We remove paint flakes and loose particles. We scrape with sandpaper to dry the surface and remove dust, dirt or grease.
- We remove previous coatings, powder distemper or cement paint. You must also remove earlier coatings of synthetic emulsion paints or oil, even if the condition is good.
- We get rid of flak or crack paint completely.
- We treat affect areas separately. A 5-10% solution of bleach powder in water and apply on affect areas with a sponge or brush. We wash with clean water after 8-10 hours to give it time to dry.