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    Painting tips from the professional

    Preparation is key

    Before painting 

    Anyone can slap some paint on but keeping it on and looking great for years to come requires patient surface preparation. Here are some painting tips to achieve a professional result.

    • Invest and buy quality paint.
    • Surface preparation is the key to success: think of you
    • In a dust free paint job you recognize the professional. A handy tool is a cleavage cloth that is specially geared to remove all grease and dust.
    • Take care of sufficient air ventilation during and after painting, but prevent circulation of air as much as possible. If sprinkling the floor is necessary, please do so.
    • Loose hairs will be removed if you slide the new paintbrush along a sanding paper. Fluff from new rollers can be cleared with tape. 
    • Stir the paint until you have created a homogeneous composition before and during your painting job.

    How to paint

    • Applying paint must happen in a steady and even pace.
    • Always paint from top to bottom and work from the inside to the outside and start with the edges.  
    • Take care of an even distribution of the paint and apply this with a roller in both horizontal and vertical tracks. Always roll over the last track and finally finish vertically

    Cleaning and storage

    • When the painting job is finished put the can upside down and clean the paint brush in water with soap. Dry the paintbrush by rolling it in a newspaper or plastic bag. That keeps the brush in good condition.
    • Put the can upside down. This prevents a sheet on the paint.
    • When using a roller never roll it until it is dry.

    Painting conditions

    • Don't paint when it is extremely hot. cold, wet, dry or windy.
    • Stop bringing on the final layer when it is getting cooler by the end of the day. By ignoring this water damp comes on the paint and does not glance after drying. Especially important in September and Oktober
    • Ideally when painting under 20 Degrees a new paint layer is possible after 12 hours. Every 5 Degrees lower temperature doubles the drying time. For example with 15 degrees the drying time is 24 hours.
    • When timber is not prepared before, all sides need to be painted. Otherwise this will create crooked moist gets attracted
    • The number of paint layers is depending on the surface and what paint needs to be applied. A certain applies as you need one layer of primer and two to three layers of lacquer in general. ( 2 – 3 layers of pickling without primer). The different layers are essential and create sufficient thickness.
    • Always start to bring on the lighter colors First and the darker ones after that.
    • Stopping during the painting job, the best is to put paint brushes in a half filled can with clean water. This enables to keep the paint brush in good condition for a few days. Clean the brush before start. For paint brushes that are used for water based paints this is not necessary. Used rollers that will be used the next day can be kept in a small plastic bag (no air allowed inside).