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Ask an Expert: What do I need before I paint my room?

Planning to refresh your room but not sure where to start? It's always best to ask an expert for advice on what you will need before you start your project. That's why we asked Danny Slade from Paint Place Noosa to share his knowledge with us. In this blog post, we've put together a handy list of essential items you need before painting a room, so keep reading to find out more.

before you start...

Chat with your local Paint Place.

It's important to get the right advice BEFORE you start your project. They'll help you choose the correct sheen and colour of paint that'll you want to use. They'll make sure you have enough paint for the entire job, including any touch-ups that may be needed.

1. Paint.

It might seem obvious but even picking the right kind of paint is an important step in the process! Low-sheen, high gloss, semi-gloss... each kind of paint is effective for different areas of a room. And of course, colour plays a big part! Picking the right paint doesn't have to be a headache -- simply chat with your local Paint Place and they'll set you up with the right product.

2. Paintbrushes and rollers.

You'll need various sizes of paintbrushes and rollers, depending on the surface you're painting and the type of paint you're using. The team at Paint Place may also be able to help you with any spray equipment to help speed up the job.

3. Primer.

If you're painting a new or uncoated surface, you may need to apply a coat of primer before painting your finish coats to help the paint adhere and provide better coverage or stain-blocking power.

4. Masking tape, drop cloths or plastic sheeting.

Use drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect floors and furniture from paint splatters and spills. These are essential if you are spraying any paint.

5. Fillers & sandpaper.

Any imperfections or damage to the surfaces will require suitable fillers to repair the surface. As well as Gapfiller for all of those skirtings, cornices, frames and architraves. You may need to sand the surface before painting to ensure a smooth finish, particularly where you have used a filler.

6. Cleaning supplies.

You'll need to clean the surface before painting, so make sure you have cleaning supplies such as Sugarsoap, water, and a sponge. If there is any mould or mildew present, you will also need to apply a Mould killer and cleaner prior to using the sugar soap and rinse with clean water.

7. Ladder.

Depending on the height of the walls or ceiling, you may need a ladder to reach high areas. While handy to have, if you don't have the space, consider asking a friend or neighbour to borrow theirs. It's also a good idea to have someone spot you in case of any accidents.

8. Protective gear & proper ventilation.

Wear protective gear such as goggles, gloves, and a dust mask to protect yourself from sanding dust. Depending on the product used, a respirator may be required to prevent you breathing any nasty Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which are found in many products. Ensure proper ventilation by opening windows and using fans to circulate air during the painting process.

9. Patience.

Last but definitely not least. Painting your home can be a time-consuming process, so be prepared to take your time and do the job right. Chatting with the team at your local Paint Place can really help iron out any frustrations to make your next project a breeze.

Thanks to Danny Slade for being our guest expert this month. Got more questions for Danny about painting your home? Give him a call on (07) 5449 9964 or visit him at Paint Place Noosa at 14 Eenie Creek Rd, Noosaville QLD 4566.


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