“Goldenland has a standard painter’s checklist when we start any painting jobs, no matter where and which.” – Goldenland.
This list make sure that our painters are always efficient and they won’t waste any time running around finding supplies so they can really focusing on painting your house well. Here we go the painters check list for your reference so you can trust us that we do know what we are doing.
Protection & Safety
- Safety glasses
- Stiff broom
- Suitable roof wash
- Plastic wrap to cover brushes and rollers between coats
- Quality brush, use a synthetic brush for water based paint
- Corrugated foam roof roller sleeve, handle and tray
- Paint stirrer
- Dulux, Resene
- Old clothes
- Rags for clean up
- Your favourite music or radio station
- A good sense of humour!
We tick all the items before we show up at your hosue!
Our house painters share the standard painting material and equipment rundown so all of our painting jobs can reach the same level of finishing quality. We try hard to make your painting project to be done professionally. We can share these standards with you here to proof that we are always serious about your house painting job and we appreciate your trust.
- Material & Equipment Rundown
- Choosing Paint
- Pre-painting Shopping Checklist
- Interior & Exterior Painting
Our goal is to condense years of experiential wisdom into a list to share with you.
Types of Paint
The first step for us is to get our customers to know the basics of different paints. Most paint supply stores offer a wide variety of types and brands of paints. We generally knowledgeable about the paints they carry, and can usually advise you on color choice, as it is hard to get a feel for the finished product with only a small color swatch.
If a thumb sized color swatch is insufficient to make a decision on. Small color samples can be ordered in small quantities so you can section on a wall to see how it dries and make a more informed decision. A great digital tool to use for color selection is a paint color visualizer. Dulux has a great one on their website which allows you to upload photos of your home, and impose a new color on top of your existing walls.
Here is a list of popular paint types in case you need options for exceptional jobs:
- Enamel: Enamels are more like pigmented varnish and make a tough coating on most surfaces. The end result is easy-to-clean and very durable. They are oil-based and mostly used for exterior painting. They can be used on windows, trims and doors inside the house.
- Aluminum Paint: When you are painting the exterior of the house, you would want a paint that is resistant to weathering and climatic changes. Aluminum paint is a great choice for exterior painting and it can be used on wood and metal surfaces. Aluminum does not conduct heat, which also makes it great for painting duct work. This is cheaper than aluminum tape and will save you money on heating and cooling.
- Acrylic: two kinds of acrylic paints: one is a combo with epoxy and one is a polyurethane coating. Both types are excellent for painting on surfaces that are subject to hard use because they are resistant to staining, chipping and are easily washable. You can use them on most construction materials and metals, garage floors, porch floors or storage areas. Acrylic is more toxic and not water-soluble.
Each kind of paint is meant to produce a different finish and their usage depends on the type of surface that is being painted. The different types of paints are meant to be used according to the conditions they are going to be subjected to. Exterior paints are usually weather resistant and are offered in colors that do not fade easily in direct sunlight. Interior paints are less toxic, are washable and have a wider range of colors. You can balance the colors being used inside and outside the house.
Most of these paints need a primer underneath for the perfect finish. A primer is a kind of paint and it is used to fill up any small pores in the surface and provide a tacky base for the final paint. It is also needed to neutralize the base color if you are switching from darker shades to lighter ones. This means you need to prime the surface to get a smooth canvas that will hold the paint in its place for a longer time. You have to make sure that the walls are not uneven because that is going to adversely affect the finishing of your paint. Try to scrape off any existing access paint on the surface to smoothen it out. You can find details about the different tools that you will need, for all possible jobs related to getting your house painted, in the next section.
Our Painter’s Equipments
Before we set out to paint your house, we make sure we have the right equipment and accessories:
- Synthetic brushes for latex paint
- Natural bristle brushes for oil-based paint
- angled brushes for trim
- flat brushes for flat surfaces
- Small paint holder: better than holding paint can for cutting ceiling edge
- Large rollers for covering space
- Small rollers for tight areas
- Rolls: thick for textured, thin for smooth finish
- Roller: paint tray also buy cheap inserts for easy cleanup
- Roller extension
- Face mask: high quality with filter, not flimsy disposable ones
- Plastic rolls for covering floor
Brushes are made from different materials. Water-based paints we use brushes with synthetic Nylon or Polyester bristles since they do not lose their shape when they get soggy. The stiffer a brush is, the more trails it will create on the finished surface. Acrylics, shellac and latex paint can be painted with polyester-synthetic brushes.
Natural bristles are much softer, they are made from animal hair. W use them for enamels, emulsions and oil-based paints. The soft bristles do not leave trace of brush strokes.
Brushes are straight-edged or angled. Smaller sized angled brushes are best for surfaces that are narrow, like window sashes or door frames. The angled brushes are designed for detail work and painting in corners. The bigger and flatter brushes are meant for bigger jobs like painting walls, doors and ceilings.
When we have flat surfaces to paint, we use rollers to increase speed and efficiency. We always use an extension to save time and to not have to bend down so much. An extension is much easier on the joints.
The cover is meant to soak up the paint and release it when it is pressed back and forth over the surface. The fuzzy coating or nap of the material is different according to material. WE use the longest nap for rough surfaces so that the fuzz reaches into the unevenness and the shortest nap for the smooth surfaces.
Rolling does not work well on uneven or bumpy surfaces. Proper scraping and sanding of walls will be done to even out the bumps, no worries, we know what we are doing, you always see us doing beyond your imagination.
Spraying interiors is only recommended if no one is currently living in the house, and there is no furniture to worry about. Spraying exteriors is much easier and can be done at any time.
- Spray guns need very thorough cleaning and maintenance because a blocked spray gun is of no use.
- We always test the gun before committing with your wall. We load it with water while cleaning it to make sure there is an even spray.
- Preparation for spray guns varies from using a roller, as all of the floor area will be be covered. Fine paint mist settles on everything in the house, even if doors are closed.
- Door knobs and light fixtures are taped and covered, windows, doors, ceilings, baseboard, and just about everything else can be guarded by a paint shield.
Drop cloths, made from canvas or plastic, is used to cover furniture and the floor; Putty knife and drywall patching compound are essential for preparation, and there are many more other small tool we carry, most likely to do the site preparation works.
- Brushes and rollers with covers.
- Paint trays and disposable liners
- Drop cloths (either canvas or plastic).
- Canvas is essential for most jobs.
- Clean up rags and sponges
- Masking tape
- Paint remover solution.
- Paint can openers
- Exterior Paint
- Paint Brushes and Rollers:
- Paint Trays and Tray Liners
- Primer: Dulux and Resene make primers for both indoor and outdoor painting. Their primers are high quality and good prices.
- Sandpaper: Bunnings has a pole sander that can be used on ceilings and higher spaces.
- Exterior: You can use the hole-fillers or patching kits which are medium priced or the ones by Mitre 10, which are low priced. Both are of good quality.
- Clean up Rags
- Drop Cloths:
- Caulk: all gaps filled before we paint. The more cracks, gaps, and holes, the more expensive your utilities are and chances of getting infestations and rot.
- Masking Tape
- Ladders: We use Rhino ladders.
- Paint Thinner Solvent: Whenever I use oil-based paint, which is not often, we always use eco friendly reduced smell thinner. It won’t knock you out like the traditional stuff.
- Hand-Masker Dispenser: when taping off whole walls, baseboard, or other trim, it dispenses a paper guard alongside the masking tape for cutting out time in preparation.
- Paint Remover Solution:
- Sprayer or Spray Gun: I have been pleased with Graco sprayers, but there are other comparable ones out there.
- Personal Protection Equipment and Apparel
- Rubber/Leather Gloves
- Overalls/Painter Outfit
- Eye Goggles
- Face mask: Mitre 10 and Bunnings makes a variety of very good masks for protection for protection against paint mist, sanding particles and molding agent residue.
The material list details:
The metal paint screen is used to roll paint out of a 5 gallon bucket, an easy way to roll paint. A 5 gallon paint metal screen is a special screen hangs over the edge of a 5 gallon bucket-cost $2.00. You just roll your walls out of the bucket with the attached screen. This is good for larger jobs. Rarely will you see a pro use a paint tray.
If you have to buy 5 gallons of paint for your project, pour out 1 gallon from the 5 gallon bucket of paint, put the paint screen into the 5 gallon bucket and start rolling. Note: Before dipping your roller cover into the paint, first prime it; dampen the roller cover with water. This will ensure faster painting and savings of paint.
Note: When taking a break from painting, just cover the 5 gallon bucket with a damp towel to keep the paint from drying out and insert the roller into the paint and leave the paint on the roller cover hanging off the edge of the bucket to keep the roller from drying out. For overnight you can insert the roller cover into a plastic baggy, and then put into the freezer. Next day thaw it out and go to work.
- 1-Paint tray: (optional) If it is a smaller job, a metal paint tray will work. Buy a cheap plastic liner to insert into the metal paint tray. This will make for easy cleanup; just throw away the plastic insert. Consider using a 5 gallon bucket with a metal screen for rolling.
- 1-Pint “fast N final” or an alternative. It’s like a spackle but much easier to use. Uses: for repairing sheet rock, drywall, and woodwork with one fill.
Easy to spread, and requires no sanding. Will not shrink or crack.
- 1-Plastic. Comes in packages or rolls. How much plastic do I need? Measure width x length (wall to wall) W x L = total square footage of floor. Use
The plastic will be used to protect your flooring; you should also have some type of cloth tarp too. For example, with the plastic in place on the floor run a 4’x12′ runner tarp, (about $12) , along the wall catching paint splatters from the rolling of paint. This will collect the splatters minimizing tracking the paint splatters. Paint on plastic will dry slow and at times if you have to walk along a recently painted area, on the plastic, your shoes may track it, especially into another adjoining room creating a mess on the unprotected floor. Just be careful.
Nylon mesh straining bag are used to strain out any lumps in the paint. ($2.00) This ensures a nice looking wall without crap of any kind added to the wall.
Secret: an old pair of women’s nylons can do the same trick-learned that from any old veteran painter years ago.