House painting is a labour-intensive job. And labour in Australia is relatively expensive.
So, unless your surname is Packer, it makes sense to think carefully about what needs to be painted in your home and what doesn’t.
I’ve visited a few homes where the home owner waves airily at the whole interior and says, “Give me a quote to paint everything.” And then they get a shock when the cost to paint everything hits.
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So here are 3 tips to help not break the bank and still transform your home. I’m happy to discuss any of these with you.
1. Do you really want ALL rooms painted or just the ones your friends see? By NOT painting the bedrooms in a 4 bedroom home you can save about 30% of the cost.
2. Does it ALL really have to be done in one hit? I’ve painted quite a few interiors, in several stages, over several months. My clients paid as they earned enough money to pay for each stage. Kind of old fashioned but it works!
3. Do you really need walls, trim AND ceiling to be painted? Let me answer that. You DO need your walls and trim painted. But sometimes the ceiling is pretty good. Walls and trim get bashed around and fail much faster. NOT painting ceilings can save up to 10%.
NOW, here are 3 more tips that save money … but will leave you angry and feeling ripped off. I will NOT work this way. But some painters will.
4. Do you really need to prepare the surfaces? YES!!!!
Skimping on surface preparation is the number one way cheaper painters can be cheap. The ‘minimal preparation scam’ works so well because it saves a fortune - 15 to 30%. And the surface looks fine … for a few months . Then it starts to peel and you are worse off than before.
One guy quoted a badly cracked interior at a quarter of my quote. So the client saved 75%!!!! Happy days! Until the whole job failed 3 months later.
5. Do you really need to protect your things? YES!!!
The second way El Cheapo painters save money is by not taking the time to protect your floors, furniture, lights, wardrobe contents, cat etc. A good interior painter will apply masking tape along the timber floors or carpet, then a wider strip of protective plastic or cardboard, then thick drop-sheets. All small items will be moved and big furniture (and hanging lights) are wrapped in plastic. A cheap painter will kick a single drop sheet along the wall as he paints. He might even catch some of the spilled paint this way … but not all of it.
Not bothering to protect your home will save between 15% and 30%. But what will it cost to replace your best clothes, furniture or carpet when they are splattered with paint?
6. Do you really need quality materials? YES!!!
Here’s where it gets tricky. Cheap painters have cottoned on to the idea that clients know Dulux is probably the best quality paint brand, so they wave the Dulux cans around and give the impression of being serious players.
Using Dulux (over cheaper brands) only adds a maximum of 1% to most jobs (Because as noted above, labour is the big cost)
The question should be, what went UNDER the Dulux paint? What plaster, fillers, primers? What is the foundation gripping to the walls, doors and ceilings that the lovely Dulux paint sits on?
By now you will have guessed that crummy painters use cheap, nasty, or NO plaster, fillers or primers. And you’ll only find out when the good paint peels off.
(Another exasperating story: Cheap painters did a dud job on a lady’s bathroom. I quoted to remove the peeling paint, prime the area properly and then … paint it. Her husband said no, he wanted to go cheap again. Ayah! Maybe I’ll be asked to be the THIRD painter. Who knows.)
So that’s it …
3 ways to save money that still gives a high quality, long life job.
And 3 ways to save money that result in a bad job and damaged possesions, then the cost of rectification, then the cost of painting properly.
What causes mould?
Most people think mould in their home is caused by some sort of leak. But in my entire career as a painter (and all-round wall/ceiling obsessive) I’ve come across leak formed mould … once.
The vast majority of Mould outbreaks are caused by:
too much CONDENSATION (man-made dampness)
too little VENTILATION (air movement).
With cooking, washing, using a clothes dryer and just breathing, an average family can create up to 15 litres of air born moisture a day!
Which is fine if the windows are open and a lovely fresh breeze blows all that moisture away.
But in winter, doors and windows are shut, heaters are on, and ventilation all but ceases. AND your nice warm, cosy interior meets your homes cold exterior. The difference in temperature turns water vapour into … water. A winter home is like an inside out can of frosty beer on a hot day. Cold meets hot and water condensation occurs.
Mould loves condensation. Mould loves a lack of air movement. Mould loves warmth. And mould loves a nice porous surface to hook into (walls and ceilings).
As a result I get heaps of calls from people concerned about a sudden and unexplained mould outbreak at the end of winter.
At other times of year I’ve seen mould behind pictures, pianos and other wall hugging furniture and in high corners of under-used rooms. This is all caused by a lack of air circulation.
Should I be terrified of mould?
Everyday condensation-formed mould is not healthy. It can irritate the breathing of asthmatics, babies and old people. But its not nearly as dangerous as people think. I’m an asthmatic and I clean it up all the time.
And look at me! Apart from occasional blindness and a near total loss of memory, I’m fine!
(That was a joke).
Leak-formed mould is more serious, often because it has sometimes been growing for years. It is usually embedded in the fabric of your building. Expert removal is required. (And condensation-formed mould that has been left to run rampant for years would need expert removal too.)
Unfortunately a visit to Dr Google is full of horror stories implying that your basic surface mould is some sort of deadly killer. These stories are brought to you by mould removal companies. They are probably brilliant at removing the really nasty stuff but are not essential for basic surface mould.
How do I get rid of mould?
Google again offers about 10,000 different ways but the general idea is as follows:
STAGE 1 - Put on a mask and remove what you can by any of the following:
1. Vacuuming (using a special HEPA filter so the mould spores don’t shoot out the other end of your vac).
2. Wiping and rinsing with dish washing detergent and water.
3. Wiping and rinsing with Vinegar.
4. Wiping and rinsing with Baking soda diluted in hot water.
5. DON’T USE BLEACH. Its pretty noxious and while whitening the area, it does not kill the mould. Someone said it was like a shaving a face – the visible whiskers are gone, but the roots are strong and healthy and will push up more whiskers tomorrow.
6. DON'T MIX CHEMICALS. The results range from 'turns into water' to 'turns into poisonous gas'. If you want to use various mould killers, do them one at a time and let each one dry before applying the next.
STAGE 2 – Put your mask back on and spray or wipe and leave 24 hours with any of the following:
1. A few drops of Oil of Cloves diluted in water.
2. A few drops of Tea Tree Oil diluted in water.
4. A product called Mould Action (available at Bunnings)
The key here is to let your chosen fluid just soak deep into the mould roots then DRY OUT. Wait until the next day or longer before moving to the painting stage.
STAGE 3 – Paint with added mould inhibitor.
The previous 2 stages will kill most of the mould but will usually leave a few stains and marks. (That’s why people love bleach – everything ‘looks’ white. Don’t do it!)
1. Paint the affected areas with a good quality mould killing primer. I use Dulux Precision Stain and Mould Blocker. This hides the stains and works long term on any mould roots that have escaped the previous stages. It also seals and hopefully suffocates these escapees.
2. Paint one or two top coats with a quality ceiling paint. I use Dulux Ceiling White which comes with ‘Mouldshield Technology’.
THE PURPOSE OF PAINTING IS TO CREATE A NEW, CLEAN, INHOSPITABLE ENVIRONMENT THAT NEW MOULD FINDS VERY HARD TO GROW ON.
And if your mould affected area is a bathroom or kitchen ceiling, here’s one more trick!
3. Paint the ceiling with a Low Sheen finish rather than the usual Flat finish. This is shinier and makes gripping that much harder for new mould. I use Dulux Wash and Wear +Plus Kitchen and Bathroom Low Sheen paint. In fact, that’s what’s on my own bathroom and ceiling, in an old house, and we don’t use the fan much. We’ve been mould free since I applied it years ago.
How do I stop mould coming back?
VENTILATE, VENTILATE, VENTILATE!!!
1. Especially in winter, if you get a dry windy day, throw all your windows open and let the breeze through as many times as you can.
2. Use ceiling fans.
3. Open up unused rooms as much as possible.
4. Get vinegar or oil of cloves onto any new mould spots as soon as you see them, before they grow.
So while this is a bit of work, it’s not impossible to do yourself.
I’d be glad to help with your condensation-formed mould problems AS PART OF A MULTI-ROOM INTERIOR PAINT JOB but I’m afraid my business model doesn’t work for ‘just one ceiling’.
Click here to find out more about how I can help you.
Cheers Tony - The Tidy Painter.
How long does a single average bedroom or study take to paint?
Modern home/unit – 2 coats walls only – 6 hours
Modern home/unit – 2 coats walls and ceiling – 12 hours
Modern home/unit – 2 coats walls, ceiling, 3 coats door and skirting boards – 18 hours
This includes adequate masking, floor and furniture protection, and sanding/washing/primer on door and skirting. (NOTE: Cheap painters don’t do this).
Historic home/unit – 2 coats walls only – 8 hours
Historic home/unit – 2 coats walls and ceiling – 16 hours
Historic home/unit – 2 coats walls, ceiling, 3 coats door, WINDOW, PICTURE RAIL and skirting – 30 hours
This includes adequate masking, floor and furniture protection, and sanding/washing/primer on door, WINDOW, PICTURE RAIL and skirting. (NOTE: Cheap painters don’t do this … either).
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Most people are surprised at how long it takes to paint a room … until they try it themselves. Painting is LABOUR INTENSIVE!!! (Well, decent painting is. Crappy painting that fails almost immediately is really fast!)
The steps to a great paint job are as follows:
1. PROTECT YOUR STUFF. Small items must be moved out. Big stuff like furniture must be wrapped in plastic. Floor coverings, like carpet and floorboards must have drop sheets laid over AND masking the appropriate tape applied around the entire perimeter. Then curtains and blinds must be removed.
2. FILL THE HOLES/CRACKS. Nearly every room has cracks or picture hook holes that need to be filled and dried ready to paint.
3. MAKE THE TRIM ‘GRIPPY’. All the glossy stuff like doors, wooden windows, skirting boards, picture rails, wardrobe doors, even wooden fire places need to be de-glossed, or the new paint will peel off. De-glossing is done with sandpaper and/or a special primer.
These 3 steps are called Protection and Preparation. These steps can take up to 50% of the time allowed for a long lasting, good looking paint job. Cheap painters just don’t do this stuff and that’s why they can present quotes that are half as much as a real painter.
Sadly a lot of home owners opt for the half price option and are very disappointed with the results. AND the inevitable fix up costs even more because of the damage caused the first time around.
Only then does a good painter do the painting part. Even here there is a huge difference between good and cheap painters. The good guys take TIME to apply the paint correctly so there are no bare patches and no dribbles or runs. They take TIME to let the first coats dry before applying the second coats, while the cheapies apply one super thick coat and call it done.
A good painter doesn’t just chuck the paint on and run out the door. They apply, let dry the evaluate whether the RESULT is correct. If not, they make sure it is correct.
So they next time you look online for the answer to: How long does it take to paint a house interior? Make sure you separate the cheap answer from the quality answer.
Asking yourself WHY DO I NEED A PAINTER? will help you decide WHO you should engage.
Some people think ALL painters are ok at ALL types of job. So hiring the cheapest one (who doesn’t smell of whiskey) is ALL that’s needed.
This is not true. (Well, avoiding the whiskey smell is).
Go on, just ask yourself WHY DO I NEED A PAINTER?
If the answer is because … I WANT TO PAINT THE EXTERIOR OF MY 12 STORY UNIT BLOCK … you would obviously look for painters experienced in large scale exteriors, scaffolding, abseiling, insurance, body corporate work etc. This would certainly be a large well established firm.
But if the answer to … I WANT TO PAINT MY DAUGHTERS BEDROOM AS A BIRTHDAY SURPRISE … maybe the unit block guys would not be right. Here you certainly need a person who is meticulous with painting AND not getting your home messed up.
I’m exaggerating here … but only a bit.
I get calls all the time from people who want … a painter.
My first question is WHY?
Do you need a painter tomorrow to touch up a scratch in the wall before your mother in law arrives? If so, I’d recommend finding a good handyman. Most handyman are ok at small, urgent touch ups. Whereas most good full-time painters are booked weeks out. So SPEED is your why.
Do you have a rental that needs a quick once over between tenants? If so, CHEAP AND FAST is probably your why, with QUALITY way down the list.
Do you have an older home with cracks and mould that need fixing before painting ? If so then REPAIR PLUS PAINT is your why. (Also, call me. That’s what I specialise in.)
Other whys might be:
If I spend another day with peach coloured walls I’ll vomit.
I like my wall colours but they are old and marked and I want a freshen up.
I have stains from water damage.
My paint work is just so old its peeling off.
My builder has finished our reno and now I want the work painted.
I have historic plaster work that needs repair and painting.
I have a mould problem.
I have a crack problem.
Having decided on your WHY, you can now set about finding the RIGHT painter. Look for a painter who has evidence of solving your problem.
Google is the best place to start. Just chuck in all the things you want and Google supplies lots of business sites. Eg. Mosman painter plaster cracks mould
And finally, I’m really sorry if I’m teaching you to suck eggs, but … I suggest reading the websites supplied to make sure they have what you want, BEFORE ringing them. You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache and wasted time.
How many coats of paint do I need?
Q. One coat of paint or two?
A. Often it’s 3 (counting the primer).
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Have you ever thought that only paint one coat of paint on interior walls would do? In the words of Mary Ellen from A Walk in The Woods, “Big Mistake.” This thought is usually an attempt to save money. But only applying one coat of paint will unfortunately cost you money I the long run.
The top coat that you see (and wipe crayons marks off) is not sticking to your walls. Wait. What?
Nope! Top coats stick to primer (or old wall paint which is itself sticking to primer). They never actually stick to new plaster, timber, whatever. Or if you try it doesn’t stick for very long.
The primer’s job is like a house foundation. Its not meant to be seen. It’s meant to hang on – tight. And to hang on it has to sink into the microscopic nooks and crannies that make up the substrate. When primer dries it’s a bit rough, or a bit shiny, or whatever. It’s not meant to be seen.
Then the first coat of top coat goes on. And it’s a still bit rough. AND it’s a bit thin; you can see through some parts. Where it goes over (primed) plaster repairs the first coat may be shinier or duller than the rest of the wall. And there’s always a few tiny missed spots.
So the second top coat goes on. It smooths the overall finish making the job look better. It creates a uniform solid colour. It doubles the thickness making the skin able to be wiped and cleaned without coming off. And any micro-misses are covered up the second time through.
And the biggest bonus of all is the this fresh, colourful, easy-clean painted wall or door now has a TOUGH skin that can move and take a few knocks. So it LASTS. Much longer. And doesn’t need to be repainted for a long time.
AND you don’t even save much money doing one coat. Its not like half the price of two coats. Because most of the work of painting a wall is in the protection (masking, covering) and preparation (washing, scraping, filling, priming). The painter is there all set up with a roller wet with the right colour ready to go. Its nuts to say, “Ah, just skip that second coat. I want to save 3% on this job.”
So, it’s either two coats or don’t even bother.
GOOGLE REVIEWS PAINTERS
One of the best ways to help select a high quality house painter is with Google reviews. Google reviews for painters are probably the best because they are the hardest to cheat on.
Facebook is another good place to see what previous clients have experienced. There’s also Product Review and Yelp.
To see The Tidy Painter’s reviews click here.
Its important to take Google reviews for painters with a grain of salt but they are very good for getting an overall impression. Here’s my very un-scientific review of review rankings:
All 5 star reviews
Obviously pretty good. But be sure to read the actual comments. Past clients might talk a lot about cleanliness or speed or accuracy. This helps you narrow down the KIND of painter YOU want. We are not all the same.
5 and 4 star reviews
Still very good and an indication that these reviews are real. Cheaters only ever give themselves 5 stars and their competition 1 stars.
5 stars (and 4 and 3 and 2 and 1 star) reviews TOGETHER
This might indicate inconsistency. It might also mean that within the same company one painter is great and another is very average. Which one will you get?
3 star reviews
A very ‘just OK’ review. Most clients are either delighted or disappointed with their painting job. 3 stars says, “They came, they saw, they put paint on the walls.” Nothing good. Nothing bad. Fine if you just don’t care.
2 star reviews
Very unhappy. But not quite furious.
1 star reviews
These poor folks are fuming! There are three kinds of 1 star reviewers: First - clients who were very badly let down. Second – clients who never became clients because no one called them back (or one poor guy who was hung up when he revealed he was gay). Third – people who didn’t have painting done but are just mad at the company. Bad driving, a poster for the painting company they don’t like, a neighbour’s painters who poured old paint on the grass etc.
Not professional. Not trying. A total gamble on your part. Why would you let someone into your home who was totally unknown to you? Unless you Mum recommends this painter I wouldn't go near them.
If a painting company has all 5 star reviews and one 1 star review (from a neighbour who didn’t like the music the painters listened to) I’d let that one slide past.
How many reviews?
Just to the right of the Google star rating is a grey number in brackets. This shows HOW MANY people have given reviews. If only one person has given 5 star review, we can be pretty sure that it’s the guys sister in Perth who gave it, and it may not be 100% unbiased.
So don’t just choose your painter based on price. Meet the painter, look at the website, call a few past clients and dig through his/her online reviews. Soon you’ll have a very good picture of who’s right for YOU and YOUR situation.
House painting - expectations vs reality
Most people have never painted a full house interior themselves. So there is always a bit of a difference between expectations and what really happens. Nothing wrong with that at all but if you’d like to know what surprises people the most read on ...
“This should only take a few days right?”
Realty: An older style home will on average, take 1 painter about 1 week to paint 1 room. This includes repairing, preparing and painting, ceiling, walls, door, windows, picture rail and skirting boards.
“You’ll be painting the top coats the day you arrive right?”
Reality: ALL of my clients are surprised at how much work is done before the ‘painting’ starts. Most people realise some sanding and cleaning will be required. But in addition there is a huge amount of ‘protection’ to be done. This includes moving furniture, pictures etc, taping the perimeter of the room, putting down drop sheets and protective plastic film. I estimated once that about 30% of my time on your paint job is used in protection and preparation.
“You’ll treat my home like your home right?”
Reality: I do. But not all tradesmen do. Some painters see your home as a building site and others see it as your home. In fact this split applies to all tradesmen. For example a newly constructed house is a building site until it’s finished. A new house painter can spill as much paint on the floors as he likes if they are going to be sanded or carpeted. He can chuck his empty cans on the junk pile that will become the front yard. And that’s all fine.
But if the same painting or plastering work is to be carried out in your immaculate lounge room ... a very different approach is required. That’s why I keep harping on about finding a painter who has lots of experience working on YOUR type of situation.
“The guy I met at the quote will be doing the work right?”
Reality: I DO. But most bigger painting companies have a sales person/owner/estimator whose job is to sell you that companies services but NOT actually do the work. Thats fine as long as you know thats the deal AND your initial discussions make it to the team doing the work. There are basically 3 company structures when it comes to WHO does WHAT.
1. You meet the owner. He does the work (sometimes with help). Communication should be at its highest.
2. You meet the salesperson/owner/estimator and they pass your agreement on to their 'regular team'.
Communication can get a bit lost, and you have to hope you like the team you are given.
3. You meet the salesperson/owner/estimator and they pass your agreement on to .... whoever they can find to do the work. Some guys are really just brokers finding work for other companies and taking a slice of your money. This is a great way to make a lot of money but I don't think you the consumer get very good value at all.
“The quote is fixed right.”
Reality: Painters that give super cheap 'quotes' often have a nasty habit of finding unexpected problems a few days into the job. Funny that. Your home is in disarray, the guys are standing around doing nothing and you get the news that the price has jumped. Its blackmail and it works. Be very careful that your QUOTE is not just a dodgy GUESS. Make sure it is a fixed quote.
And theres probably a dozens more expectations!
The main thing is to find a painter who you feel you can TALK TO. Then you can ask dumb questions and not feel dumb. And they can explain whats going on at the beginning and throughout the job.
Google reviews are THE BEST WAY TO CHOOSE A PAINTER!
Choosing a painter (or any tradesman for that matter) is hard work.
You want a quality job, a person you can trust around your home, someone that you can communicate with, and a fair price.
Asking friends isn’t a bad way to find a good painter. But what your friends needed and what you need could be very, very different.
That’s why Reviews are so helpful.
It’s possible to find a person who had similar painting needs to you, who found a really great painting specialist for their needs. If, say, you have an interior full of cracks and peeling paint you will be looking for a 5 star rating and positive review for an expert in those problems.
But beware! Some reviews are fake.
Google probably has the most trustworthy reviews. It’s very hard to ‘game’ Google
Reviews. And if you get caught ... that’s the end of you, on Google anyway.
Other reviews can be found on Facebook, Product Review, Amazon, and many others.
You can find genuine reviews (and ignore fake reviews) by looking out for the following warning ‘suss’ signs.
So check out Google Reviews and any others, but watch out for fakes.
And after you meet a prospective painter the very best review you can get is a list of happy customers you can actually phone and talk to.
Interior house painting can really improve you home. BUT it's harder than it looks. Many of my clients have started their interior painting project and discovered it takes much more time and effort than they thought. Don't believe 'The Block' or 'House Rules' with their overnight paint jobs.
Most people can do a pretty good job themselves ... if you don't skimp on the quality of materials and tools, or try to rush the process,.
You just need to remember that:
House painting takes a LONG TIME.
House painting requires a LOT OF PREPARATION and set up.
House painting requires a LOT OF EQUIPMENT.
House painting requires QUALITY materials and tools.
Here's how ...
1. PLANNING - 1 PAINTER = 1 ROOM = 1 WEEK
Allow plenty of time. A good painter can paint a room in about a week. That includes prep., crack repair, scraping loose paint, and 2 coats of top coat paint on all walls, ceiling, doors, windows, skirting boards, and picture rails.
So if you have 10 rooms (eg. Hall, 4 x bedrooms, 1 x kitchen that adjoins 1 family room, 1 x lounge room, 1 x dining room, 2 x bathrooms) it will take one good painter 10 weeks, or 2 painters 5 weeks, or 5 painters 2 weeks.
2. TOOLS - QUALITY TOOLS = QUALITY RESULTS. CHEAP JUNK TOOLS = CRAP RESULTS
You will need:
A step ladder - 5 or 6 steps
Rollers and trays - sheepskin roller covers are best
6cm angled cutting brushes - 3 or 4
Plastic drops for furniture - NOT the floor
Canvas or fabric floor drops
Masking Tape - 3M
Plastic buckets - 2
Foam sanding block
Selleys No More Gaps - for long corner cracks and gaps along skirting boards
Selleys spacfiller for small holes
3. PAINT - DULUX FOR WALLS & OIL BASED TRIM - TAUBMANS FOR CEILINGS AND WATER BASED TRIM
WALLS - Dulux Wash and Wear low sheen. (I've tried them all. Dulux W&W is the best for walls) Allow 1 litre for every 16 square metres of wall. Times 2 for 2 coats. Do NOT try to get away with only one coat. Just don't.
CEILINGS - Taubmans Tradex White Flat Interior ceilings (better and cheaper than Dulux ceiling paint) 1 litre for every 16 square metres again. And 2 coats again.
TRIM - (Doors, Windows, Skirting, Picture rails) - EITHER Dulux Super Enamel Semi Gloss (if you want oil based enamel) OR Taubmans Ultimate Enamel Alkyd Based Semi Gloss (if you want water based enamel).
More info on oil and water based paint here.
4. EMPTY THE ROOM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Clear your work area. Remove blinds and move as much furniture as possible. Large furniture such as beds or chests of drawers can be walked (move one end a little bit at a time) to the centre of the room. You will need at least 80 cm clear space around all walls.
5. WRAP OR COVER EVERYTHING LEFT IN THE ROOM
Protect, protect, protect. Wrap large furniture in plastic sheeting. Use high quality masking tape on your floors (carpet OR floor boards) where they meet the skirting boards. THEN use a strip of painters paper about 20 cm wide. THEN put fabric drop sheets on all floors. The floor and furniture should be completely covered.
6. REMOVE DUST
Remove dust. Sweep or vacuum dust from the room edges, above doors and cupboards, along picture rails.
7. WET SAND
Scrub all trim (doors, wooden windows, skirting, picture rails). The best way to clean AND sand is to use a good quality foam sanding block rinsed regularly in a mixture of water and sugar soap. This cleans any dirt AND sands the glossy surfaces. BUT the added advantage is that all paint dust sticks to the wet sanding sponge rather than turning into airborne dust. it is then rinsed out into a bucket. This is a great way to protect yourself from any residual lead paint in all old houses.
8. SCHEDULE - 2 ROOMS AT A TIME
Try to work two rooms at a time. This allows you to always have something to do as a surface dries.
9. PAINTING ORDER
The correct order of room painting is as follows:
1 - Cut (paint edges with a brush) the ceiling.
2 - Roll the ceiling.
3 - Cut Trim
4 - Cut the ceiling a second time.
5 - Roll the ceiling a second time.
6 - Cut the trim a second time.
7 - Cut walls.
8 - Rolls walls
9 - Cut walls a second time.
10 - Roll walls a second time.
10. VENTILATE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate. Fresh moving air helps painted surfaces dry faster and is good for your lungs. Some people are sensitive to paint fumes especially oil based paints, so ventilation is important.
And thats it!
House painting is really an exercise in patient, step by step, time consuming, application. If thats you, then go for it. If not I'd be glad to supply a quote.
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Recently on Facebook a Mosman man complained about a painter wanting to use (and charge for) scaffolding. The complainer thought a ladder would be just as good for painting, and not cost him nearly as much. He was being very brave with the painter’s life!
As a Mosman painter myself I’ve made the decision not to paint exteriors because of the dangers of height.
But I still use a step-ladder inside and when I do I often think of Molly Meldrum.
In 2011 Molly had climbed a ladder to put up Christmas decorations. He fell 3 metres onto concrete stairs, fractured his skull and nearly died. He had metal plates put in his skull, was in a coma and suffered months of amnesia. And it would appear that he has long-term problems resulting from the fall too.
Every year nearly 5000 people in Australia are hospitalised from injuries resulting in ladder falls. Around 20 die. And the vast majority are men over 60.
Only 20% of these falls are work related, meaning of course that 80% of falls are in the home.
So men over 60, who get out the ladder at home to change a lightbulb do some painting need to be very, very careful.
Most of my Mosman Painting clients fit this age profile so I’m very glad to help. But if you are going to use a ladder here are the 10 key ladder safety rules.
1.Make sure the ladder is not damaged.
2.Make sure the ladder base is on firm level surface. No slopes, no soft soil.
3.Make sure your step-ladder is secured into the ‘A’ shape it was designed for.
4.Make sure your extension ladder is secured at the top or bottom or is held firm by another person.
5.Extension ladders should be angled at 1:4. That means the base is 1 metre from the wall for every 4 metres of height.
6.Maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder. 2 hands one foot, 2 feet one hand.
7.Your maximum sideways lean should be as far as your belt buckle.
8.Do not climb higher than the second top rung or step.
9.Face the ladder as you climb down. Don’t climb down as though you were on a set of stairs.
10. Don’t multi-task, rush or carry too much up and down a ladder.
And finally don’t let your pride get the better of you. I’m not as young as I used to be and my balance is not as good. So I use my ladder more slowly and carefully than ever.
There’s no shame in paying an expert who uses a ladder every day to do your repairs or painting. It could save your life.
THE AD – Hi, I’m Tony Richardson, The Tidy Painter. I paint home interiors in Mosman, Cremorne and the Lower North Shore. AND I’m very careful with ladders. If this article has made you think of hiring a ‘ladder aware’ interior painter instead of doing it yourself, lets talk. CLICK HERE
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