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Quick how-to guide
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Tools

Essential

Optional (but so worth it)

Angled Brush Extension Pole
Roller Frame Paint Pot
Roller Cover Sanding Sponge
Paint Tray Mini Roller Frame
Painter’s Tape Mini Roller Cover
Dropsheet Tray Liners

Painting inside

Prep your space

Move or take off as much as you can from the walls and remove any fittings—think handles, light fittings and power outlet covers. Putting everything in one spot makes it easy to put down a single dropsheets to protect them. Use another dropsheet to cover the floor around the wall your painting too.

Use your sanding sponge to smooth any rough spots - look for bumps, small cracks and loose paint. You may want to fill any large hole or dints – if you do don’t forget to sand them back till smooth. Quickly vacuum or dust your trims. Finally, mix a mild detergent with warm water and wipe down you walls with a damp cloth. Rinse well with clean water to remove any soap. Leave until completely dry.

When painting your ceiling you can skip taping up the walls (we will explain this more later). Otherwise when taping off an area, align your tape carefully along the edges of your space. Overlap the tape as you go and press it down firmly to avoid leaks. Always leave a freshly painted surface for 24 hours to dry before sticking tape to it.

Painting (the fun stuff)

In general, always work from top to bottom. Starting with your ceilings, then walls and finishing with your trim. Some surfaces may require two coats of Prep Paint first. Check our site for more info. Place your paint and tools on your dropsheet and give your paint mix for about a minute.

Walls and ceilings

Now grab your brush and paint pot and get ready to ‘cut in’. This is basically using a brush to outline the edges of your space. It is best to cut in along all corners, fittings, windows, doors and other trims.

Dip you brush 1/3 of the way into the paint and tap off any excess (don’t wipe). Follow along the masked edge, blending out any excess paint with back and forth strokes, creating a smooth edge. Start each new stroke in a dry area away from your previous wet edge and work back towards it so they overlap slightly. You should end up with a smooth border that is about 6cm wide - when painting your ceiling, or near your ceiling, you may want to paint the cut in a little deeper.

Tint Tip: If you plan to paint the walls after your ceiling, skip masking the top of the walls. Instead use your brush to blend the ceiling paint onto the wall a tiny bit - this will be covered when you cut in your walls later.

Always start rolling while your cut in area is still wet, this is called maintaining a ‘wet edge’ - so focus on one wall at a time.

Before using your brand-new roller cover, give it a quick wash and then dab off most of the water so it is just damp.

Fill the well in your paint tray halfway, gently dip in your roller and roll it out on the ramp until evenly coated but not dripping. An extension poll will make your life a lot easier when painting both ceilings and walls.

Starting near a corner, place your roller just away from the edge and roll back towards your cut in, zig-zag your roller back and forth in large columns. Once you have evenly filled a section, smooth it out by lightly rolling back over it in long parallel strokes. Each time you reload your roller, start your next section in a dry area away from your previous wet edge and work back towards it so they overlap slightly.

For the best coverage paint two coats. We recommend leaving at least 2-3 hours between each coat. Don’t forget to cut in on your second coat too. Once you have finished the walls, let you paint to dry for at least 24 hours before removing your tape and moving onto the trim.

Trim

Grab your paint brush and paint pot. Dip your brush in and tap off excess paint (don’t wipe). Start your brush in the centre of each section and work the paint towards your previous edge using quick back and forth strokes. Then as you finish each section, lay off the paint by lightly and quickly brushing over it. The key is to move quickly with a light hand to avoid brush marks that are created when you paint over areas that have started to dry.

Tidy

Allow paint to dry for 24 hours before removing. Since all our paints are water based clean up is super easy! Simply wash your tools with warm soapy water, then rinse until the water runs clear. Let them dry out before putting them away.

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