Problems When Painting

Even with the most careful planning, problems can sometimes occur. Below you will find descriptions of some of the most common painting problems you are likely to encounter. Blisters Mostly found when painting in wet conditions outside the house. Inside, they can be caused by painting over old, soft paint. If there are a lot … Read more

Painting Technique Essentials

Always prepare ceilings first, then the walls and finally any woodwork or metal (window frames). See section dealing with metalwork. Preparing ceilings and walls In new houses or extensions, plastered walls and ceilings can be painted within a few weeks. Old ceilings should be washed with sugar soap or household detergent, then rinsed with plenty … Read more

Painting Technique

Most paints require stirring before use, but read the instructions, particularly if the colour appears even when you open the can. Some oil paints need a very thorough mixing, using a clean wooden stick. Varnishes are better not stirred violently as this causes air bubbles which will mark the surface. Do all stirring before use, … Read more

Painting Skills

Paint is used both for decoration and protection. Paints intended for outside work are designed to stand up to bad weather. They can be used inside, but there are some inside paints that are unsuitable outdoors. Modern paints have synthetic ingredients and some require different techniques from traditional paints. Read and follow the directions on … Read more

Sanding, Filling and Painting Woodwork

Before you can paint or polish the things you have made, the final treatment of the wood and joints must be completed. Sanding This is the basic and essential job. Sandpaper is sold in varying degrees of coarseness. The sheets are numbered; the higher the number, the coarser the paper. Curved surfaces are smoothed by … Read more

How to paint walls

Painting a house wall is one of the oldest forms of decoration and still very popular. The best materials for amateur use are almost certainly the modern emulsion paints. These are water-solvent paints, but dry very hard. In fact a good emulsion paint may be scrubbed clean if it gets dirty. The washable distempers, which … Read more


When you have painted your ceiling and your walls, you can tackle the woodwork. But if you are putting up a wallcovering, paint the woodwork first. Order of work Paint woodwork in this sequence: 1. doors and surrounds 2. cupboards and shelves 3. window frames and window sill 4. fireplaces 5. skirting boards. Preparation Bare … Read more

Preparation For Painting Work

First strip your room for action. Take down curtains and remove pictures from the walls. Group furniture in the centre of the room away from the walls. Remove shades from light fittings to ensure maximum illumination when you are working after dark. Cover the floor with plastic sheeting, old sheets or brown paper. Newspaper is … Read more

How to Decorate – Order of work in Painting

Complete all preparation work before applying undercoats. Paint your room in this order: first the ceiling, then the walls, finally the woodwork. Types of paint Paints can be divided into two basic groups: 1. oil-based paints (best known as “gloss”, also available in eggshell and flat finishes); 2. water-borne paints (best known as “emulsions” or … Read more