Safety First! Ventilating A Space For Painting

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with your grand painting plans! Aside from giving you a stellar paint finish, safety for your family and our paint contractors, is our top priority. We also like to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible, meaning you can get on with enjoying your brand new, refurbished space. But to get the job done by an experienced painting contractor, we need to prepare the space properly, and one of the most important steps is ventilation!


Prep for your paint contractor


Before we arrive to kick off your paint job, it’s important to consider the ventilation or air-flow in and out of the space. This has an impact before, during and after the painting process and as the paint dries. While your family may be out of the house while our paint contractors are at work, you’ll no doubt be returning at some stage and the last thing you want to be contending with is paint fumes.

If your walls need to be prepped and you’re doing this task yourself, it’s important to consider ventilation. Prepping usually involves cleaning the walls to remove stains, marks and smudges and sometimes sanding back the old paint. Both of these tasks have the potential to create fumes. The severity will depend largely on the cleanser you’re using and the type of paint currently adhered to the wall. Regardless of the level/type of fumes however, it’s wise to take precautions and limit inhalation of any chemical substances. Take note of the suggestions for general ventilation during your paint job and apply them the whole way through the process if you can.


How to ventilate properly for your paint contractor


The easiest way to ventilate your space for your paint contractor is by using the existing air entry points to maximise air flow. Open doors and windows to their furthest point to encourage fresh air to circulate. You may need to prop open heavier style doors (like your front door) to ensure it stays open. It’s important to keep everything open while your paint contractors are working and if possible, keep the windows open as much as possible after they’ve left, ideally for 2-3 days. The more air you can keep flowing into the room, the better. If weather is a concern, you can make good use of a portable fan by placing it in the entrance to the room and turning it on high to help promote air circulation.


What type of product will your paint contractor use?


While not strictly ‘ventilation’ based, the type of product used by your paint contractor can also have an impact on the fumes generated. Paint formulations have changed dramatically over the years and volatile organic compounds (of VOCs), like lead, are very much a thing of the past. New generation paint is generally classified as low VOC. At Summit Coatings, we only use the best quality products to ensure a great result. The Taubmans range of interior paints is low VOC and has been approved by the National Asthma Council Of Australia’s Sensitive Choice Program, making them a more health friendly product.


To chat further about your painting needs or for more information on how to prepare for the arrival of your paint contractor. Please don’t hesitate to call us directly. We are your highly experienced Northern Beaches professional painters.

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3 Reasons Quality Paint Is Key To Your Professional Paint Job


If you’ve ever taken a wander down the paint aisle (actually make that aisles, plural) at your local Bunnings, you’ll be well aware of the enormous range of paint and paint products on offer. From subtle shade differences to a myriad of different finishes, the world of paint is a big one. One of the biggest determining factors when choosing your product (or the painting professional who’ll be using it), is the price point.There can be a significant variance in the price of paint, from the ultra budget to the more luxe varieties. There’s also often a considerable difference through the mid-range – with seemingly identical products costing completely different amounts. It can be a time consuming, confusing and altogether frustrating process and it’s easy to see why it’s tempting to grab the cheapest tin off the shelves and be on your way.


Unfortunately, when it comes to your professional paint job, the cheapest paint on the shelves is often not going to be the right product for the task. Worse still, choosing the wrong product is going to mean another trip to your new nemesis, the hardware store, much sooner than you’d like. Choosing a quality paint product is key to the overall success of your project, saving you both time and money.

Here at Summit Coatings, we’ve seen the pitfalls of purchasing an inferior product. Here’s our top 3 reasons why choosing quality paint is your best bet for a perfect result.


Rich and vibrant colour

Paint itself is made up of three components; pigment, binders and thinners. The concentration of each component varies dramatically between different paint formulations. Quality paints contain the best pigment and binders and far less ‘filler’ than the budget varieties. This means that the colour isn’t diluted. Quality products often use new innovation, like nanoguard technology, to ensure rich, long lasting colour that isn’t worn down by the elements or the spills and stains that come with daily life. At Summit Coatings, we only use Taubmans products for your professional paint job. Taubmans use the latest technology to ensure a perfect result, every time.


Terrific texture

The texture of paint will vary, based on the different components used to create it. A cheaper, budget product often runs the risk of looking chalky and sometimes even slightly uneven. This is due to the larger pigments being used and the amount of filler added. Even the ‘feel’ of the paint, once on the wall and dry, varies dramatically with price point. The higher quality, more expensive varieties feel smooth and almost velvet-like on the wall while cheaper products typically feel rougher or ‘plasticky’.



When it comes to paint, high quality ingredients = longer life on the wall. This is due to a number of factors but primarily is thanks to a more concentrated quality pigment. Both indoor and outdoor surfaces cop their fair share of wear and tear and some fading, especially outdoors, is inevitable but ensuring that you start out with a product built to last, really can mean the difference between a two or five yearly touch up. Here at Summit Coatings, we pride ourselves on the use of superior quality products, made by Taubmans, as we feel that this extends the life of your professional paint job and gives the best possible end result.


It’s important to remember that choosing a high quality paint is only one part of your perfect finish equation. A professional paint job requires the right preparation of your surfaces, the correct tools for the job and often enough, a painting professional with the skill and expertise to assess exactly what the best way to tackle the project will be. With over 40 years experience in the industry, Summit Coatings is your local master painter. Call us today for a professional upfront quote.

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President of the Master Painters Association 2015

Great news everybody! We are delighted to announce that Robin has once again been elected as the President of the Master Painters Association in New South Wales. That makes it 3 of the last 5 years Robin has been elected as President, including the first back to back presidency in the history of the MPA since 1901!


A bit about the Master Painters Association

Master Painters Association of Australia is a not for profit industry association representing painting and decorating contractors and employers in NSW.

The MPA was formed in 1901 and has since been an independent representative to firms and individuals who are running a business in the painting, decorating and sign writing trades. Our involvement with several government consultative forums both nationally and at a state level gives the MPA an excellent foundation for the industry.

The Association seeks to advance, encourage and recognise the highest standards of trade craftsmanship and ethical business practice in residential, strata, industrial, commercial and historical projects. This is achieved by providing the best and most current information to our members and consumers and through the annual Awards for Excellence, with the best of the best competing. Robin is an award winning painter, heading the team at Summit Coatings with over 30 years experience.

What’s the process of becoming a member of the board of the MPA?

To be a member of the board of the Master Painters Association you have to be a member for at least two years. There are 14 members of the board. From there you get elected to the Council, which you have to be a member of for at least one year before being elected to the Executive.To get elected as the president of the MPA, you have to have been on the Executive for at least one year. The election is scrutinised by the Australian Electoral Commission and is bound by the Associations Constitution. Anyone can apply to become a member of the MPA , that meets the criteria including insurance and a license to paint.

Robin’s responsibilities as President of the Master Painters’ include:

  • Running monthly meetings with the Board
  • Overseeing MPA staff and implement the MPA Strategic Plan
  • Liaise with all members of the MPA
  • Liaise with Government departments, mainly the ATO, WorkCover and Fair Trading
  • Chair meetings and liaise with the MPA Group Training Company regarding apprentices.

So you can see that Robin is very involved in quality of the painting industry here in Sydney and Australia wide.

Why Master Painters membership is so valuable

A member of Master Painters has a range of resources available to them by way of magazines, e-bulletins, industry consultants, updated resources, accredited and certified courses, including Lead Paint, Asbestos and Sustainable Painting Practices, and a whole list of professional courses. The MPA also provides apprenticeships through their Group Training Company.

The Master Painters Association has also been selected to carry out the assessment of painters for licensing for NSW Fair Trading.

When choosing the right Master Painter for your job, it’s important to consider comparing apples with apples and getting itemised quoting including which products

Have Robin and his team of highly skilled Master Painters assess your next job. Summit Coatings offer competitive pricing with comprehensive quoting upfront. Call or contact us today with the details of your works, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Why it pays to use a professional North Shore painter

Repainting your home is one of the cheapest ways to give your North Shore home a fresh look, but with many renovators looking to save money, is a DIY paint job really the best option?

In the last few years, Australia has seen a 10% drop in paint being sold to DIY North Shore painters. Many of our clients choose to hire Master Painters like Summit Coatings instead of battling their way through paint tins, dirty brushes and stained floors, and for good reason. Whilst many believe they will be saving money though avoiding the costs of paying a professional, here are 7 reasons it pays to use a professional:

1. Is it really cost saving?

By using a professional North Shore painter, you have access to wholesale trade prices for paint and all other materials required for your job. How much will all of your drop sheets, new rollers, handles, brushes, ladders and other materials cost you, and what about the paint? And when are you likely to use them again? A professional painter has all of these materials on hand, plus you’re saving on the actual cost of the paint.

2. Do you really have the time?

Take it from someone who’s been painting on the North Shore for over 30 years; it’s a full-time job. Whilst you might expect to have the lounge room completed in a weekend, it’s wishful thinking and you’ll end up living in a half painted room with plastic covers on your couch until you have time to pick up the brush again. And with many people becoming more and more time-poor due to work and family commitments, painting your own home will come with a few lifestyle sacrifices.

And anyone who has painted their own home will agree that there’s never enough paint in the tin to finish the job, which might see you running back to the shop every few hours (and no one likes getting paint on their car seats…).

3. Unforeseen (medical) costs

Is a trip to the emergency room included in your DIY plan? In the interest of your own health & safety, we would always recommend using a professional North Shore painter. Ladders can be high, and professional painters are required by law to adhere to the OHS standards to ensure all painters are safe at work. This includes the use of scaffolding instead of ladders, as well as safety harnesses and other equipment the DIY’er probably won’t have around the house. You might think you can quickly climb up that ladder to get that top weatherboard, but is a three story fall really work the risk?

4. It’s not as simple as you think

Do the window frames need re-timbering? Have the kids made a few dents in the walls? Is your home suffering from concrete cancer or rising damp? All of these issues might not be obvious to the untrained eye, however could have disastrous effects on the quality and lifespan of your paint job.

You might imagine that to give that room an on-trend look is just a matter of picking the right colour, opening the tin and dipping in the paint-brush; let me tell you, it’s not. The benefit of using a professional North Shore Master Painter is their ability to anticipate the road-blocks before they happen.

5. Prep isn’t fun, but it’s the most important part of the job

Further to the point above, applying the colour is actually the last (and smallest) part of a quality paint job. Preparation is key. This includes sanding, base coats, any remedial building work (filling holes, replacing window balustrades) and a range of other treatments which ensure your paint job looks its best and lasts its longest.

6. Prevention is better than a cure

What does this have to do with painting? I’ve had a number of clients call us because they’ve tried to tackle a DIY paint job and made a few mistakes on the way. This means, not only do we need to complete the paint job, but we also have to rectify the mistakes made in the first place. One easy example I’ve seen time and again is using water-based paint over the top of existing oil-based paint – it’s not going to end well and will leave you with flaking paint after only a few weeks.

Your home is an asset which you need to maintain and take care of. For example, would you feel comfortable servicing your own car? Sure you could change the oil and have a quick look under the hood, but there’s also a big chance you’ll miss something which could cost you more to fix in the future, than the original car service fee.

7. Master Painters do it best

Master Painters like Summit Coatings will always deliver a top quality finish which will last. It might cost you a little more in the initial outlay, but it means your home will look fantastic, and will keep looking that way for a lot longer than just slapping on some coats of paint on your day off. We pay special attention to the little details which make a big difference.

If you would like to see how cost-effective it is to hire a professional call Summit Coatings – your North Shore painter today for an obligation-free quotation on 02 9973 3131.

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