“How Should I paint my ceiling? What colour should I use? What paint should I use?” Confused? Here are some tips from the painters and decorators in North London!

Ceilings get stained by things like leaks, light bulbs, and smoke from real wood fires and cigarettes. Scrubbing and repainting doesn’t always work. Using an oil-based stain-block or damp-seal paint first can prevent the stain coming through. Decorating ceilings should be done first!

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When using oil-based paint on a ceiling, be sure to wear safety goggles in case the paint gets in your eyes. Your painters and decorators in North London prefer to use a roller with an extension pole rather than a ladder to paint the bulk of the ceiling as it is safer, but we do getup there for the finishing touches!

The easiest paints to use on ceilings are semi-solid paints. These splatter and drip less because they’re not runny, but come in a very limited range of colours.

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Ceilings are prone to hairline cracks and these are hard to get rid of permanently. We use a bit of PVA and then filler as a long-term solution.

Absolute Decorating are your Painters and Decorators in North London, Enfield. We have over 20 years experience in the painting and decorating industry and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work. We offer a free quote for any rooms in your house, interior and exterior painting work and more. We are members of groups which support the Enfield community, and have been for years now. If you require any help from painters and decorators in North London, please give us a ring now on 07976 404742 or visit the rest of our website here: http://www.absolutedecorating.com/

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to revamp your space and get a whole new look. That is unless you’re doing it all wrong. But, a quality paint job is easy to achieve — when you prepare the surface correctly and use the right tools and products.

We’ve rounded up the most common painting mistakes that you may be making as well as simple fixes to get your projects done right.

1. Pulling painter’s tape up after the paint dries.
It’s best to rip it off right after you apply, otherwise the dried latex may come up with the adhesive.

2. You scrub your bushes at the end of each day.
If you haven’t completed your project, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and secure them with a rubber band. The bristles will stay moist and ready to go.

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3. You dip your paint brush into the can too far.
There’s no reason to dip it all the way to where the bristles meet metal. Only dip it one-third of the way into the can, otherwise you’ll be wasting paint.

4. Using Latex Paint over Oil-Based Paint.
Unintentionally applying latex paint over an oil-based formula seems like a shortcut, but one that you’ll pay for in the end with peeling and cracking.

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5. Painting a Second Coat Too Soon.
We admit it. When it comes to painting, we want things done ASAP. But applying that all-important second coat before the first layer dries will completely mess up the whole job.

6. Over Applying Paint.
It might seem like it would be better to apply just one thick coat to the wall and call it a day…but that’s where gloppy drips come from.

7. Not Using a Primer.
Whether you’re going from dark to light or just painting over a different type of surface (like wood), a primer really is a must.

Painting is a home improvement project that seems made for Autumn. A fresh coat of paint or a new colour scheme around the house can give a home an entirely new look and feel. But paint can be pungent and the aromas may last if it’s applied at a time of year when it can’t dry while the windows are wide open.

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Paint fumes inside a home can make the home uninhabitable, but painting at a time of year like the Autumn, when you can keep the windows open during and after the project, can help air the home out.
But interior painting isn’t the only painting project homeowners can tackle in the fall. Many exterior paints are temperature-sensitive and need the temperature outside to be above 5C. Paint that freezes won’t dry properly, and homeowners might be left with a costly and unsightly mistake on their hands.

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Autumn temperatures tend to be amenable to both interior and exterior painting projects, just be sure to check the weather forecast before making your first brush stroke!

Most people look online and in the papers for potential new home, so the pictures and the price are a real eye catcher. The right colour of paint can bring in the buyers!

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Rumour has it that we are supposed to use neutral colours, but does anyone know why? They sit in the background and do not get noticed, making your house invisible to the potential buyers.

If you have trouble selecting a suitable but out-of-the-box colour, you could always ask a professional painter and decorator to help you choose. Absolute Decorating are always happy to help you pick and choose what you need to spruce up any home. We complete work in the Enfield and surrounding areas. Manufacturers have ready made pallets for you to choose from.

If you live in an area that regularly sees sunshine, aim for the brighter colours so your house can shine and be noticed by all passers by.

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An important detail when painting is the prep work. If you want a good paint job, you have to prep the surface first. Things like filling in cracks will make the outside look newly refurbished when you are finished.

A fresh paint a coat can brighten up any home, making it look new. With summer in reach, there’s no reason why we can’t get the ball rolling and get to work. Here are some ideas to spruce up your home!

Adding paint is a great way to freshen up an ordinary-looking fireplace and make it the focal point of the room. You can even paint the existing tile around the fireplace if you’d like. To do so, make sure it is sanded, clean and dry. Then, apply a coat of blocking primer, let it sit overnight and then apply two coats of semigloss latex paint.

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A quick colour change can give an entryway a whole new look, but painting a door isn’t exactly the most fun job on your to-do list.

If your knobs are a little on the boring side, consider replacing them with these vibrant DIY faux malachite knobs by Teal and Lime. Paint them neon and you’ll add a pop of colour that’s sure to give your door a unique personality.

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Whether you want to highlight a specific design feature or just want to add bold colour to your home without a huge commitment, an accent wall adds a unique, dramatic design element. Choose one colour, or pick a fun pattern, like polka dots or an ombre design.

Adding a pattern or print over interior paint creates an instant accent wall…and it’s easy! Just pick out the stencil pattern of your choice from a local craft store and choose a contrasting paint colour you’d like to use. Then, starting with one small section and working your way around the wall, apply the stencil to the area with painter’s tape.

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If you’re looking to paint your porch or railings this summer, here is some advice to get that smooth, glossy white finish.

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Using and oil based primer is essential. Oil-based primer is better for areas that get a lot of touching and use, such as doors, windows and cabinets. However, water-based primers are fine for areas that get less use or contact, such as crown moldings. And a water-based paint can generally be used over an oil-based primer, but following manufacturer directions is the best course. In other words, read the can!

BM Enamel underbody is great to have, but not essential. It does make painting smoother, and is referred to water based primer which raise the wood grains and make it harder to sand in the long run.

You can brush or spray the porch or railings, this all depends on how much time you have on your hands!

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Whether you’re prepping your home for market or improving your new purchase, nothing brightens a home like a fresh coat of paint. These signs mean it’s time for a paint job:

Chalking: A formation of fine powder on paint surfaces that can cause color fading if left unchecked.

Scaling or cracking: Often caused by multiple layers of old paint, the only remedy is complete removal.

Flaking: loosened peeling paint chips.

Alligatoring: Deep fissures caused by long-term cracking. Complete removal is the only treatment.

Lead threats: A health hazard, immediately remove lead paint.

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Loose caulking: Avoid rotting and disrepair by checking window panes and doorframes.

 

For advice from the local Enfield guys who know what they are talking about, give Absolute Decorating a call on 0797 6404742 or visit our website: http://www.absolutedecorating.com

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