Tips and tricks and step-by-step advice on how to make your DIY project a smashing and colorful success.
Expert Paint Series: Paint Volume Calculator
Now comes the million-dollar question―how many buckets of paint will be sufficient? The number of buckets needed depends on the surface area of the particular wall, door or furniture you want to paint.
To calculate the number of buckets required, you can also use Diamond Paint’s Paint Calculator to get a realistic impression of what paint would look like before you buy it.
Expert Paint Series: Tools Needed to Paint
Painting is a technical task that requires various techniques and tools to achieve perfection.
First, use sandpaper to scrape off imperfections like stains and old paint from the surface. Next, use a clean cloth to remove dust and other particles. Then using a filling knife or scraper, fill the wall with putty to equally level the surface. Lastly, you will need the paint bucket, a brush or roller to apply the coating and a tray.
Expert Paint Series: Paints & Coats
Here are some useful tips and tricks to achieve your perfect DIY painting project…whether it’s a 3D DIY wall art, an abstract DIY painting or a painted wood sign.
First, divide your paint job in two parts…the basecoat and topcoat. Next apply putty and primer, followed by 1-2 more coats of wall putty. And finally, apply the topcoat and get the expert finishing you’ve been looking forward to.
Expert Paint Series: Types of Paint Surfaces
When you initiate a painting project, the first step is understanding which paint type is suitable for the surface. There are four main types of surfaces; wood, metal, plaster, and concrete.
Wood and metal surfaces are best paired with oil-based paint colours (Enamel), whereas plaster and concrete are better paired with water-based colours (Emulsion).
Expert Paint Series: Emulsion or Enamel?
Emulsion and Enamel are the two types of paint that are commonly used when it comes to renovations and revamps. Let’s address the differences between these two.
Emulsion colours are water-based colours with some additives that make them durable whereas Enamel paint is oil-based, durable, and stain-resistant. Moreover, Enamel paint dries slower than Emulsion and has a very strong odour.
PAINTING PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS
Formation of fine powder on the surface of paint film during weathering can cause colour fading. Although some degree of chalking is a normal, desirable way for a paint film putty to wear off, excessive film erosion can result in heavy chalking.Read more
Breaking down of film due to high thickness or low curing of plastered surface. Early on, the problem appears as hairline cracks; later, flaking of paint chips occurs.
Appear on new brick, plaster or cement as they dry.
Failure to adequately prepare surface by removing all previous efflorescence.
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