Five top tips for first-time painters

It’s officially spring – time to dust off the overalls, clean the paint brushes and tackle that painting project.

The thought of DIY painting can be exciting and daunting for painting novices. To help you prepare, the folks at British Paints are sharing the top five tips that all first-time painters need to know.

A check-up before you brush-up

The first important step when starting a new paint project is to check surfaces for damage and marks, in order to determine exactly what paint and tools are needed.

Look for signs of grease, water leaks, mould, stains or cracks.

For best results, attend to the leaks and damage before painting with a suitable product.

A range of paints are available that combine the functions of a sealer, primer, undercoat and stain blocker.

Fill cracks and holes with a suitable gap filler. Once dry, lightly sand these areas for a smooth surface before painting.

Existing mould needs treating first, and the British Paints range includes products with mould inhibitor to reduce reoccurrence.

Expert tip: Use oil-based products for water stains, and water-based products for oil-based stains.

The right tools for the job

Having the right tools is essential for tackling a paint project.

Pairing the right paint to the right brush or roller is key to ensuring the finished product is faultless.

Brushes are perfect for small areas, trims and edges. A roller is great for a large painting area such as a wall or ceiling.

Ideally, your pre-paint shopping list includes other essential items including a ladder, roller tray, roller pole, drop sheets, painter’s tape, filing blades, gap filler, rags, sandpaper and sugar soap.

To prime, or not to prime

Although similar, primers and undercoats both serve quite different functions.

Primers act as a foundation for paint to stick to, while undercoats create a flat and level base for topcoats.

An easy way to remember when to use a primer is when a surface is new and hasn’t been painted before.

If a surface is painted and in good condition, but in need of a refresh, a regular paint without a primer can be used.

Ensure surfaces such as walls have had a good clean with sugar soap, then use a product such as British Paints Clean & Protect Low Sheen to give the wall a refresh. It protects from mould and it’s easy to apply with a smooth flow and even finish.

Ready, set, choose your paint

Paints are designed for different purposes and it’s important to look for a paint that is specific to your project. When painting a ceiling, for example, the aim is for a lower-gloss paint to create a flat finish.

For exterior surfaces, use a paint that can protect against seasonal demands of our harsh climate. Products are available with an initial rain barrier as well as protection from sun, mould and wind.

The fun part is choosing your colour. Take the family instore, or jump online and select from the colour wall. Find a favourite shade and work out how much paint is needed.

Give it a go

The best way to get started on a painting project, is to just give it a go. Painting can be fun for the whole family.

Painting novices can undertake a DIY update with amazing results. British Paints has a Good Job Guarantee for life’s little painting mishaps.


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