Here are 7 of the most made mistakes that make all the difference...
You may be keen to get on and to see the wonderful paints you have bought transform your room, but don’t put paint to wall until you have fully-prepared the surface.
Before you get the brushes out, make sure all surfaces are clean and dry, that the last pieces of peeling wallpaper have been removed and that any cracks have been filled and rubbed down. The prep may take some time but it will make a world of difference to the finished result.
You may have the best paint on the market but if you apply it using substandard equipment you won’t get the outcome you are looking for. Research what brushes and rollers are best for the job and speak to staff at the shop if you need further advice.
You only need to dip your brush a third of the way into the paint. Anymore and the paint will be wasted, and your brush will get messy and more difficult to clean when you finish.
If you are painting over a glossy surface, such as a previous layer of gloss paint or a varnished finish, you need to rub it down with sandpaper to ensure that the paint will adhere to the surface. It you don’t put this prep in, the paint will easily chip and peel off and you’ll find yourself having to do it all again.
If you want a clean edge, use painter’s tape around skirting boards and windows. Make sure it is sealed tightly with no air bubbles or gaps, and remove the tape before the paint dries completely, so you don’t peel off dried paint as well.
Don’t just attack the wall with a brush. Have an order to the way you paint. In most cases, it is advisable to start painting at the top of a wall and work your way down, so you can tidy up any drips as you go.
It may be tempting after a hard day’s painting to leave your brushes and not clean them properly but you should make the effort. If you don’t, your brushes will be, at worst, ruined, and at best, out of shape.
Clean and rinse them with water before wrapping them in cling-film, foil or their original plastic packaging so they don’t dry out.
For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish. It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".
Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny. This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain
Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger. While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent. It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.
Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal. (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!)