1. How to paint a brick wall
Not everyone loves the look of an unpainted brick wall.
In many homes, a face brick wall serves as a feature, but when homeowners use dark brick, it can make a room look old fashioned and depressing. Give a brick wall an update and refresh a room with paint.
The first step is to clean the wall. If this is an exterior wall, hose it down with a high-pressure spray.
Wash down indoor brick walls with a whitewashing brush and warm, soapy water. Let the wall dry and then inspect it for cracks or damaged areas that need to be fixed before painting.
It's always a good idea to apply a brick or universal primer before painting, as this seals the surface of the brick and provides a good bond between brick and paint. You can choose from various product ranges for an affordable primer.
Now that the preparation work is done, apply two coats of paint using a paintbrush to get into the cracks and crevices, and a low-nap roller to get a smooth finish.
White is a popular choice for painting brick, however, when choosing a light colour, be sure to use a paint that is easy to clean.
Let the paint dry in between coats. This will allow you to assess the finished result before determining whether any additional coats are necessary.
White is a popular choice for painting brick, however, when choosing a light colour, be sure to use a paint that is easy to clean. Matt or satin paints are not easy to scrub, as such, they are not recommended for painting brick walls. Rather use a sheen or gloss paint for these areas.
2. How to paint over ceramic tiles
If you don’t have the funds to rip out and replace tiles, consider using paint which offers a short-term alternative.
For a longer lasting finish, it’s important to prepare the surface properly before painting tiles. It’s important to ensure that your bathroom is well-ventilated before you start painting.
Before painting, it’s essential that you thoroughly clean the tiles and let them dry. Use sugar soap to scrub the tiles and grout, and repeat for grubby areas, before rinsing and letting the area dry for a couple of days.
Before painting, it’s essential that you thoroughly clean the tiles and let them dry. To ensure that the grout is clean, scrub this area with an old toothbrush.
To ensure that the grout is clean, scrub this area with an old toothbrush.
Lightly sand the tiles with a fine sanding sponge or 180-grit sandpaper. This might seem a bit silly, but a light sanding will ensure that the tiles are clean and give a better bond for the primer coat.
A primer coat is important when painting over ceramic tiles as it allows the painted finish to bond to the tile surface, ensuring that the paint does not peel.
Prominent Paints Ultra Prime is a high-performance, water based primer that can be used to prepare ceramic wall tiles for painting. Apply this with a paintbrush and low-nap paint roller, and follow the guidelines for proper application on the can.
You can apply a quality eggshell, semigloss or gloss enamel paint over the primer, which can be tinted to almost any colour hue.
Bear in mind that if you don’t want a solid colour over the tiled wall you’ll need to apply masking strips over the grout lines. Follow the recommended application guidelines on the can, and be sure to allow sufficient drying time between coats.
Painting hardwood floors in light hues can immediately brighten up living spaces.
3. How to paint hardwood floors
Painting hardwood floors in light hues can immediately brighten up living spaces. A long-time popular trend in Scandinavian countries, painted hardwood floors are now trending worldwide.
When painting a hardwood floor, you need to use a paint that will withstand daily foot traffic. For this reason, you’ll want to select quality products for use on wood.
Read through the technical specifications to determine whether the products can be applied on their own or whether a top coat polyurethane sealer is recommended.
Prepare the floor by sanding the existing finish. This can help deglaze a varnish, sealer finish or smooth the finish. Thoroughly clear away the dust after sanding using a vacuum cleaner or slightly damp mop. Allow a wet floor to dry completely.
For a quality, longer lasting finish, apply a wood primer before painting, especially if you are painting on raw wood. Use a paintbrush to ensure complete, even coverage over the floor. Start at the farthest corner and work your way out of the room and allow the specified drying time.
While a paintbrush will give full coverage, a paint roller is faster, so combine the two for a quick and easy finish that is also smooth.
Application is best done using a paintbrush to ensure complete coverage. While a paintbrush will give full coverage, a paint roller is faster, so combine the two for a quick and easy finish that is also smooth. Apply light, even coats, rather than loading the brush with too much paint, as this will spoil the finish and take longer to dry.
Allow sufficient drying time between coats, and during this time, you can stand back and decide whether or not to apply additional coats. Also read the instructions for the proper drying time before you can walk on the painted floors.
Good to know
Depending on the product used, for high-traffic areas, you may want to apply a clear polyurethane sealer for added protection.
Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za.