Painting Tips & Techniques


Whether you are a beginner or expert painter, our painting tips will turn you into a professional painter in no time at all. More importantly, with your newly acquired painting techniques, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your work and one of a professional who has years of industry experience.

Before Painting

  • Stir the contents of your paint tin with a flat stirrer before and during use
  • Pick at day with a moderate temperature to paint, if the surface you’re applying the paint to is below 10C or above 35C, you may encounter problems with adherence
  • Cooler temperatures, higher film thickness and higher humidity conditions can lead to longer drying times, so make sure you leave ample time to let a project dry. We also recommend avoiding rainy days or days where rain is pending
  • Choose calm, moderate weather conditions and paint only during daylight hours.
  • Use only the recommended thinners for dilution and cleaning, as the paint’s properties may react unusually with anything else
  • Check the paint colour against your colour chart/standard prior to painting to ensure you don’t end up painting with the wrong tin
  • Do a cross cut adhesion test of the old coating before you repaint
  • Apply a test sample for compatibility of your new paint over the old paint
  • Clean galvanised iron in vinegar to remove milling oil from the surface

During Painting

  • Postpone your painting if the weather takes a turn for the worse
  • For your safety and the best conditions for the paint to dry, cease painting two hours before sunset
  • Prep, prime and finish an entire section before you move on to the next to avoid prolonged exposure to the elements



After Painting

  • Avoid bringing any steam near paint for up to 48 hours after painting (especially paintings in kitchens), and don’t scrub the walls for at last seven days
  • Peal the masking tape off shortly after the paint dries to avoid any chipping

Spraying Paint

  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Thin spraying paint only with the paint manufacturer’s recommended thinner
  • Test spray your paint on cardboard to check the spray pattern and fan
  • On that note, go light on the thinner – you can always add more in but you can’t take it out!
  • Start moving the gun before you start spraying, ensuring you’re constantly keeping it moving with long, straight sweeps/strokes
  • Long sweeping strokes plus a constant distance from the surface you’re painting will yield the best results – even small movements can affect the amount of paint being applied
  • Hold the paint gun nozzle perpendicular to the surface and at a distance of 25-35cm at all time
  • Overlap each stroke by half to avoid leaving light areas or creating strips

Painting Safety

  • Open windows and other airways to provide adequate ventilation during your project, as paint fumes can cause harm
  • Organise a safe, environmentally friendly way for any run off paint to be discarded. Be kind to the environment and don’t let paint enter drains or waterways
  • Remove all obstacles and hazards from the painting cite and surrounding areas
  • Wear necessary Person Protective Equipment (PPE), such as gloves, shoes, glasses and a respirator
  • Organise for your children to be looked after away from the painting site

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