Safety when painting outdoors

Painting the exterior of your home can be exciting, yet by following some general safety rules, it could make your project go without any humps or mishaps:

  1. Acknowledge your area: When planning, ask yourself these questions: Are there any power lines close by? How is the landscaping, will it effect your ability to paint? Is there loose gravel that could affect your movement with a ladder?
  2. Ladder safety: when using a ladder outside, always place the ladder as level as possible. If not, have someone assist you by holding it. Always try and have both feet and one hand on the ladder, this would reduce your risk of slipping. If you have power lines running close by, rather invest in a fibre glass ladder than a metal one.
  3. Roof safety: Never climb on a wet roof. If the roof is very pitched, invest in a safety harness to allow complete ease of movement.
  4. Weather: Always check the weather forecast before painting outside.
  5. Sanding surfaces: When sanding, always wear a dust mask and safety goggles, and always wear sturdy shoes when painting outside to prevent you from slipping.

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When painting interior surfaces, it is a relevantly user-friendly activity, if the proper precautions are taken to ensure safety. Painting is the easiest do it yourself project, yet with proper safety guidelines will ensure your project comes off without any mishaps:

  1. Ventilation: Opening all doors and windows, do not let a freshly painted room be occupied by older people, children or pets. Wear a respirator if the area cannot be properly ventilated.
  2. Paint strippers and solvent cleaners: Wear safety goggles, gloves and respirators when using these items. When done using them, store them in a high area not accessible to children.
  3. Drop sheets: Protect floors with cloth drop sheets instead of plastic, especially on slippery areas.
  4. Storage of paint: When storing paint, do not place it near any heat source like heaters or fire places. Never smoke while painting
  5. Ladder safety: Always set legs on an even surface and lock the cross braces. Do not stand on the top of the ladder not on the utility shelf. Do not lean over on a ladder, rather move it closer as it could fall over.

 

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Having timber inside your home can have a great statement. So here we look at some different treatments to keep them looking beautiful:

  1. New: – Sand wood with a 100 grid sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain. Remove dust with a damp cloth and apply three coats of a recommended Varnish or Sealer. When wanting to paint the wood white or a colour, apply one coat Panache wood primer followed by two coats Panache water or solvent based Polyglo for a semi gloss finish. If requiring a gloss finish, apply two coats Panache water or solvent based High gloss Enamel.

 

  1. Previously Painted or treated and sound :  

Painted – Sand smooth with 100 grid sand paper in the direction of the wood. Remove dust with a damp cloth and apply one coat Panache Universal Undercoat and two coats Panache water or solvent base Polyglo for a semi gloss finish. If requiring a gloss finish apply two coats Panache water or solvent base High gloss enamel.

Treated – When a sealer was used, wipe surface with a mineral turpentine cloth and apply two coats of sealer again. If Varnished, sand lightly with 100 grid sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain and apply two coats of Varnish again.

 

  1. Flaking / Cracking – Remove coating with a paint stripper, use steel wool and clean water to remove residue. Apply three coats recommended Varnish or sealer. If wanting to paint the wood in a colour, apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and two coats Panache Polyglo water or solvent base for a semi gloss finish. If you require a gloss finish apply two coats Panache water or solvent base High gloss Enamel.

 

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How amazing is the natural feel of timber on the exterior of your home. Here we look at a few ways to treat them and keep them looking good:

  1. New – Sand wood smooth with a 100 grid sand paper in the direction of the wood. Remove dust with a damp cloth and apply three coats Varnish or a sealer. If you would like to paint it a colour apply one coat Panache pink wood primer and two coats Panache water or solvent base High gloss or water base Polyglo.
  2. Previously painted / Treated and sound: Painted– Sand smooth with 100 grid sand paper in the direction of the wood grain. Remove the dust with a damp cloth and apply one coat Panache pink wood primer to bare wooden areas. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat followed by two coats Panache water or solvent based High gloss enamel or water based Polyglo. Treated- (Varnish) Sand smooth with 100 grid sand paper in the direction of the wood grain. Apply two coats of varnish. Treated with a sealer wipe wooden surface with a mineral turpentine cloth and apply two coats of a sealer again.
  3. Flacking / Cracking -Remove coating with paint stripper, use steel wool and clean water to remove residue. Apply three coats varnish or sealer. If you would like to paint it a colour apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and two top coats of Panache water or solvent based High gloss or water based polyglo.
  4. Chalking – Use a scouring pad and sugar soap solution and wash the timber. Use clean water to remove any soapy residue. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and finish with two coats Panache water or solvent based High gloss enamel or water based polyglo.
  5. Timber rot / Blackened– Remove all severely damaged wood and replace with new timber. Treat blackened wood with a Woodoc wood reviver. Clean any residue with clean water and leave to dry. Apply three coats Varnish or Sealer to wooden surface. If you would like to paint the timber, apply One coat Panache pink wood primer to timber and finish of with two coats Panache water or solvent based High gloss Enamel or water based polyglo.

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When doing exterior metal work, there are a lot of elements to consider. Here we look at six different substrates finishes when doing exterior metal:

  1. New – If the surface is not primed, sand surface with scouring pad or sandpaper. Rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer (Apply two coats when in a coastal area) Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat. Apply Two coats Panache Roof acrylic, Water based Polyglo or Panache water based, or solvent based High gloss enamel.
  2. Previously painted and sound – Sand surface with scouring pad and liquid sugar soap solution. Rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat. Apply Two coats Panache Roof acrylic, Water based Polyglo or Panache water based, or solvent based High gloss enamel.
  3. Flaking – Apply paint stripper to all areas that are still adhering. Remove all paint. Degrease the surface with a scouring pad and galvanised iron cleaner. Rinse with clean water; apply one coat Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer (two coats in coastal areas). Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat, followed by two coats Panache Roof acrylic, water based Polyglo or Panache water based, or solvent based High gloss enamel.
  4. Rust – Sand the surface with a scouring pad and galvanised iron cleaner. Rinse with clean water. Apply two coats of Panache anti-corrosive metal primer, followed by two coats Panache Roof acrylic, water based Polyglo or Panache water based, or solvent based High gloss enamel.
  5. Fading – Sand the surface with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat followed by two coats Panache Roof acrylic, Water based Polyglo or Panache water based, or solvent based High gloss enamel.
  6. Chalking – Sand the surface with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat, followed by two coats Panache Roof acrylic, water based Polyglo or Panache water based or solvent based High gloss enamel.

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When doing interior metal, we require a product that can handle everyday washing as well as being hard wearing. Here we look at five different substrates and how to treat them:

  1. New – If the surface is not primed, sand surface with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache anti-corrosive metal primer (two coats in coastal areas). Apply one coat Panache Universal Undercoat, followed by two coats of either Panache high gloss enamel water-based or solvent based) or Panache Polyglo (water-based or solvent based).
  2. Previously painted and sound – Sand surface with a scouring pad and liquid sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Universal Undercoat, followed by two coats of either Panache high gloss enamel water-based or solvent based) or Panache Polyglo (water-based or solvent based).
  3. Flaking – Remove all loose and flaking paint with a paint stripper. Sand surface with scouring pad and sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Universal Undercoat, followed by two coats of either Panache high gloss enamel water-based or solvent based) or Panache Polyglo (water-based or solvent based).
  4. Rust – Sand the rusted areas with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply two coats Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer, followed by one coat Panache Universal Undercoat. Apply two coats of either Panache high gloss enamel water-based or solvent based) or Panache Polyglo (water-based or solvent based).
  5. Yellowing – Sand the surface with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution, rinse with clean water. Apply one coat Panache Universal Undercoat. Apply two coats Panache water based High gloss or Polyglo as these have non-yellowing properties.

 

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Keeping your roof tip top is not always easy, so we look at eight different substrate areas and how to fix them, always remember with the UV we experience it is always advisable to maintain your roof on a yearly basis.

 

New Metal Roof:  Degrease the surface with a scouring pad and Galvanised Iron Cleaner. Rinse with clean water and leave to dry. Apply one coat Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer, followed by two coats Panache Roof Acrylic.

 

New Cement / Clay / Fibre Cement Tiles:  Clean Roof tiles with a high-pressure cleaner. Leave to dry. Once dry, apply one coat Panache Acrylic bonding sealer. Leave to dry and apply two coats Panache Roof acrylic.

 

Previously Painted and Sound:  Metal Roof – Scrub surface with scouring pad and sugar soap solution. Rinse with clean water and once dry apply two coats Panache Roof acrylic. Do note any bare rusted areas should be spot primed with Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer before applying two coats Panache Roof Acrylic.

 

Flacking Metal Roof:  Remove all paint from surface. Use paint stripper on areas that is still adhering. Scrub surface with scouring pad and Galvanised iron cleaner. Rinse with clean water and apply two coats Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer. When dry apply two Coats Panache Roof Acrylic.

 

Flacking Cement / Clay / Fibre Cement Roof tiles:  Remove all loose and flaking paint with high pressure cleaner. Once surface is dry apply one coat Panache acrylic bonding sealer. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Apply two top coats of Panache Roof acrylic.

 

Mould:  Cement / clay/ fibre cement tiles – Remove all mould with a mould buster solution and rinse with pressure washer. Once surface is dry apply one coat Panache acrylic bonding sealer, allow to dry for 24 hours.  Apply two coats Panache Roof acrylic.

 

Chalking: Metal – Sand surface with scouring pad and sugar soap solution. Rinse surface with clean water, when dry apply one coat Panache bonding liquid, Overcoat with two coats Panache Roof acrylic after 18 hours, do not leave bonding liquid longer to dry then 18 hours as surface will become glossy.

Cement / clay / fibre cement tiles – Sand surface with scouring pad and sugar soap solution. Rinse surface with clean water, when dry apply one coat Panache bonding liquid. Overcoat with two coats Panache Roof acrylic after 18 hours, do not leave bonding liquid longer to dry then 18 hours as surface will become glossy.

 

White / Red Rust:  Scrub surface with scouring pad and galvanised iron cleaner. Rinse with clean water. Apply Two coats Panache anti-corrosive metal primer. Then apply two coats Panache Roof Acrylic.

 

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First thing is to develop a vision, as you tour thru your house start to right down what you in vision for every space, keeping in mind how much natural light or artificial light you may have. Light colours can work in any space but dark colours would require lots of natural light.

While you tour thru the house remember to do a estimation of what you will require for example:  I have a 3×3 room with a 2x1m window and a door(.830×2.1).

Ceiling: 3×3 = 9Square meter

Walls:3×2.7+3×2.7+3×2.7+3×2.7=32.4Square meters

Window:2×1=2Square meters

Door: .830×2.1=1.75square meters

 

This will mean I would require paint for the walls: 32.4-2(Window)-1.75(Door)=28.65

Depending on the wall surface being rough or smooth you would require on an average = 28.65×2(for double coat)=57.3/7(square meters per litre) = 8 Litres of paint required

Then looking at the ceiling: 9×2(double coat)=18/7(square meters per litre) = 2.5litres required

If you are not sure measure out your area and take it to your local Jack’s paint and Hardware store they will assist you with your requirements.

 

The best way to start painting the inside of your house is to start at one end move the furniture out or use some drop sheets to cover them, open windows for ventilation.

Before we start painting ask your self how does my walls look.

Here we will look at six different substrate conditions and what we should use:

  1. New: Make sure your plaster is dry. Plaster should be left to dry for 21 days before applying a plaster primer to it. We recommend using an Artisan plaster primer and then leaving it to dry for 24 hours. Depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Premier matt or Super acrylic  as this is a smooth matt it will not show up imperfections as easy.
  2. Previously painted and sound: If your walls are still looking good, not cracking or pealing just wash walls with a sugar soap solution and scot bride pad, rinse with clean water afterwards to remove soapy residue, leave to dry, depending on your wall finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If you have a glossy paint on the walls apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat to change the system to water based. If your walls are showing some imperfections use Panache Premier matt or super acrylic as this does not show up the imperfections as easy. If your wall surface is smooth and does not have any imperfection you can use Panache vinyl silk or Artisan Satin cote.
  3. Flaking: Start by scraping all loose bits of paint with a 75mm scraper, sand surface smooth with 80grid sand paper. Use sugar soap mixture to remove dust and any other loose bits. Rinse with clean water afterwards to remove soapy residue. Leave to dry. Apply one coat Artisan Plaster primer to bare wall areas, leave to dry for 24 hours. Depending on your wall finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If you have a glossy paint on the walls apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat to change the system to water based. If your walls are showing some imperfections use Panache Premier matt or super acrylic as this does not show up the imperfections as easy. If your wall surface is smooth and does not have any imperfection you can use Panache vinyl silk or Artisan Satin cote.
  4. Cracks: Open all cracks in a V-shape with a 35mm Scraper. Apply to bare cemented areas Panache Primer Cure. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Fill cracks with a ready mixed filler, leave to dry and sand smooth with 100grid sand paper. Apply over filler areas one coat Panache Primer Cure to seal, leave to dry. Depending on your wall finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If you have a glossy paint on the walls apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat to change the system to water based. If your walls are showing some imperfections use Panache Premier matt or super acrylic as this does not show up the imperfections as easy. If your wall surface is smooth and does not have any imperfection you can use Panache vinyl silk or Artisan Satin cote.
  5. Mould/Damp: Wash down mouldy areas with a Mould Buster, rinse with clean water afterwards to remove soapy residue. If you find that there is damp find the source first and fix it, leave surface to dry out completely before applying any paint. Once area is dry apply one coat Panache Primer Cure and allow drying for 24 hours. Depending on your wall finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If you have a glossy paint on the walls apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat to change the system to water based. If your walls are showing some imperfections use Panache Premier matt or super acrylic as this does not show up the imperfections as easy. If your wall surface is smooth and does not have any imperfection you can use Panache vinyl silk or Artisan Satin cote.
  6. Yellowing: Wash walls down with a scouring pad and some Sugar soap. Rinse with clean water afterwards to remove soapy residue. Leave to dry. Apply one coat Panache Universal Undercoat. Leave to dry for 18 hours. Depending on your wall finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If you have a glossy paint on the walls apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat to change the system to water based. If your walls are showing some imperfections use Panache Premier matt or super acrylic as this does not show up the imperfections as easy. If your wall surface is smooth and does not have any imperfection you can use Panache vinyl silk or Artisan Satin cote.

When painting a Bathroom or Kitchen you would rather use Panache Polyglo or Egshell for the top coats  as these products are steam resistant.

Hope these will help you to identify your walls and so assist you with your upcoming projects.  Happy Painting…

What should you use is the first question we all ask ourselves? Well let’s see why do we need to paint? The outside of your property could be looking tired and by painting it can make a dramatic difference to not only its appearance but also to its value. The main reason why we paint is to either beautify or protect the surface.

Therefore we should always say how do my walls look?

Here we will look at six different substrate conditions and what we should use:

  1. New: Make sure your plaster is dry. Plaster should be left to dry for 21 days before applying a plaster primer to it. We recommend using an Artisan plaster primer and then leaving it to dry for 24 hours. Plaster primer should not be left without a top coat for longer than this as it does not contain any UV stability to it and will just break down in the sun, giving no protection or adhesion to your top coat. Depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Tufftex as this is a smooth textured product it will hide imperfection and also cover hairline cracks.
  2. Previously painted and sound: If your walls are still looking good, not cracking or pealing just spray walls with a pressure cleaner, leave to dry, depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Tufftex as this is a smooth textured product it will hide imperfection and also cover hairline cracks.
  3. Flaking: Start by scraping all loose bits of paint with a 75mm scraper, sand surface smooth with 80grid sand paper. Use pressure cleaner to remove dust and any other loose bits. Leave to dry. Apply one coat Artisan Plaster primer to bare wall areas, leave to dry for 24 hours. Plaster primer should not be left without a top coat for longer than this as it does not contain any UV stability to it and will just break down in the sun, giving no protection or adhesion to your top coat. Depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Tufftex as this is a smooth textured product it will hide imperfection and also cover hairline cracks.
  4. Cracks: Open all cracks in a V-shape with a 35mm Scraper. Apply to bare cemented areas Panache Primer Cure. Leave to dry for 24 hours. Primer Cure is a damp treatment and should not be left without a top coat for longer than this as it does not contain any UV stability to it and will just break down in the sun, giving no protection or adhesion to your top coat. Fill cracks with a ready mixed filler, leave to dry and sand smooth with 100grid sand paper. Apply over filler areas one coat Panache Primer Cure to seal, leave to dry. Depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Tufftex as this is a smooth textured product it will hide imperfection and also cover hairline cracks.
  5. Mould: Wash down mouldy areas with a Mould Buster, rinse with clean water afterwards to remove soapy residue. Once area is dry apply one coat Panache Primer Cure and allow drying for 24 hours. Primer Cure is a damp treatment and should not be left without a top coat for longer than this as it does not contain any UV stability to it and will just break down in the sun, giving no protection or adhesion to your top coat. Depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Tufftex as this is a smooth textured product it will hide imperfection and also cover hairline cracks.
  6. Chalking: Wash walls down with a scouring pad and some Sugar soap to remove powder from substrate. Rinse with clean water afterwards to remove soapy residue. Leave to dry. Apply one coat Panache Bonding liquid. Leave to dry for 18 hours. Bonding liquid should not be left without a top for longer than this as it will become glossier the longer you leave it and will not allow any adhesion of top coat. If this has happened use a Scouring pad to remove the gloss and apply a Universal Undercoat to the painted area, leave to dry for 24 hours. Universal Undercoat is an intermediate coat and allows you to change a painting system for better adhesion and should not be left without a top coat for longer than this as it does not contain any UV stability to it and will just break down in the sun, giving no protection or adhesion to your top coat. Depending on your plaster finish we recommend using a Panache or Artisan top coat. If your plaster is smooth with very little imperfections use Panache Vinyl Silk or Artisan Satin cote. If your plaster is showing some imperfections use Panache Tufftex as this is a smooth textured product it will hide imperfection and also cover hairline cracks.

Hope these will help you to identify your walls and so assist you with your upcoming projects.  Happy Painting…

Choosing colours…

When we try and combine colours we always find it hard to do, but we will show you how easy it can be:

A complementary / Contrasting combination:

Complementary colours are on the opposite side of each other on the colour wheel, they create a vivid yet energizing effect, especially when used at maximum saturation.

A split complementary / Contrasting combination:

This is colours used from opposite each other on the colour wheel while using different saturation of each colour. Creating a calmer combination.

A triad combination:

A triad combination is a combination of three colours from the colour wheel in the form of a triangle, when placed next to each other they produce a high contrasting effect but still preserve harmony. This combination will seem vibrant even when using pale unsaturated colours.

An Analogous combination:

This is when we use two or three colours from the same side of the colour wheel. Creating a calming yet likeable impression. This could be light or dark colours of the same saturation.

Want to try some colour combinations, not to worry visit your local Jack’s Paint and Hardware store (http://bit.ly/2xykCJ5 – Store Locator)