What colour? Paint swatches are a good guide to the colours in a particular range but sample pots will show how the colour will look on  wall. *iStock photo
What colour? Paint swatches are a good guide to the colours in a particular range but sample pots will show how the colour will look on  wall. *iStock photo
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Whether you are an experienced professional, an avid do-it-yourselfer, or have never swung a hammer in your life, painting is one aspect of home maintenance that can give headaches to just about anyone.

Dunking a paint brush into a can and slopping paint on a wall never seems like much of a hassle initially, but ensuring your paint job looks great and lasts long takes patience, attention to detail, and most of all, preparation.

Many professional painters will tell you that the actual painting is what they do just before they go home for the day.

It’s true; the most time-consuming (and in many ways most crucial) part of any paint project is all the stuff that happens before you put paint to wall.

Choosing your paint(s), obtaining supplies and equipment, cleaning, spackling and sanding surfaces and removing door or window frames are all crucial steps when trying to attain an ideal finish.

Skipping over these kinds of details can really affect the quality of your work, so it is worth taking the extra time to plan and prepare your workspace before you begin.

Luckily, Pembroke Paint, Bermuda’s one-stop shop for all your painting needs, offer two generations of professional painting experience, and are always delighted to share their wisdom and expertise.

The following tips from Pembroke Paint can help make your next paint project get off to a good start.

Prepare your painting surfaces

Properly cleaning and preparing your painting surface can make a world of difference to the final results.

Painting on a wall with any surface contamination (oil, loose paint, dirt, rust, mould, dust etc.) can lead to problems with the paint’s adherence, bubbling and uneven textures.

Make good use of a paint scraper, wire brushes, sandpaper or even a power washer to properly get rid of all foreign material on your surfaces.

Furthermore, ensure that any and all cracks and imperfections in the surface are patched or caulked.

Setting aside an entire day specifically for these tasks is a great way to ensure that you don’t feel rushed to get straight to the actual painting, potentially leading to corner cutting.

Get comfortable

Painting, especially outdoors, can sometimes be an uncomfortable task.

Lessen your discomfort by wearing light, loose clothing that you won’t miss when they undoubtedly become splattered in paint.

Carefully choosing when you paint can also positively affect your comfort level.

Start your work on the side of your building hidden from the sun’s hot glare, then switching to the other side as the day progresses, staying in the cool of the shade for the entire undertaking.

Staying comfortable will keep you in a good, productive mood for longer, which is very evident when the job is finally done.

Test your paint!

Before you dive right into the paint cans, test the paints you will be using on the surfaces they will be applied to.

Prepare, prime (if necessary) and apply a small amount of the paint in question in an inconspicuous spot.

Wait the appropriate drying time as specified on the label, then check to make sure the paint has properly adhered to your surface and looks the way it should.

This short test could potentially save you a substantial amount of time, money and stress should the paint you have selected turn out to be incompatible with the particular surface.

Keep up the pace

Diligence and efficiency is extremely important when trying to produce high quality painting.

Reducing the amount of distractions, setbacks and delays helps to keep your momentum up and your focus sharp.

Make sure all the essential bits and bobs are in your pocket or very close by before you begin painting.

This will prevent the many interruptions that occur when you have to search for the right tool, and can seriously cut down on your painting time.

An old paintbrush to clear dirt and dust, some sort of scraping device, a razor knife and a rag will prove to be among the most useful odds and ends to have close at hand.

Make sure to visit Pembroke Paint before beginning your next painting project, and make full use of their knowledge and guidance, not to mention their broad range of paint and paint supplies!