Thorough preparation of all surfaces is a vital first step we take in redecoration. Preparation means removing dirt, grease and loose or talking finishes, as well as repairing serious deterioration such as cracks, holes, corrosion and decay. It is not only old surfaces that need attention. New timber must be sealed for protection, and priming is necessary to ensure a surface is in a suitable condition to accept finish.
Painting internal walls and ceilings
Unless your house is newly build, most of the interior walls and ceiling will be plastered and probably papered or painted too. Our preparation varies, but the methods for painting them are identical and they can be considered smooth surfaces in terms of painting coverage. Emulsion paint, in its many forms, is the most practical finish we use for interior walls and ceilings – but we also use an acrylic or solvent-based paint on wall-fixed joinery such as skirting, architraves and picture rail.
We also create paint effects such as applying “on” effects, creating “off” effects, stencilling or distressing.
As each kind of wood has its own grain pattern and different rate of absorption; and some species include knots and may ooze resin, we use the adequate techniques and tools for each type of wood.
In these categories, painting the woodwork, we also:
1). Staining wood;
2). Applying varnish and lacquer (oil varnishes, acrylic varnishes, cold-cure lacquer)
3). Oiling wood ;
4). Waxing wood ;
A way to decorate a room is also by using mouldings: picture rails, dado (chair) rails, wood (or PVC) paneling, skirting boards and architraves with different shapes and sizes.
Painting exterior masonry
Painting exterior surfaces requires similar tools and techniques that we used for interior painting. However, we choose the materials for their greater durability as masonry painting has to last up to 10 years and on wooden windows up to 5 years before re-coating is necessary.
Before we starting to paint, all surfaces are filled and sanded, but often, additional preparation is required. We are also specialised in treating vegetative growth and rot.