How to protect your furniture from exposure to paint.

Painting can be messy business. Even for professional North Shore painters like Summit Coatings, there is always a risk of paint finding its way on an item not meant for recolouring. Our North Shore painters take special precautions to ensure your home is protected from those wayward drips. We pride ourselves on our thorough preparation, which might slightly increase the amount of time to complete your paint job, but is vital part of the process. Here are some of the main steps required to ensure your home and belongings stay in pristine condition.


Secure a drop cloth

There’s a reason North Shore painters drive around with meters and meters of fabric in their utes. The drop cloth is synonymous with painting, and for good reason. Gravity is a dripping paint’s best (or worst) friend, so by covering your floors we can ensure any paint goes directly on to your walls, or is saved by the drop cloth instead of hitting your new carpet. However, simply laying a giant sheet of material on the ground isn’t the end of securing your drop cloth – you actually need take the edges to a secure surface using masking tape. This will ensure there is no movement, risking exposure of any surfaces. This is also an important safety step to make sure no one trips over any loose parts of cloth.

Whilst there are many different types of drop cloths, our favourites have a plastic lining under the canvas fabric for that extra layer of protection.


Cover your furniture with plastic

Now that your floors are taken care of, it’s time to cover the couch, table, TV unit, and any other furniture which won’t be removed from the room. Whilst we always recommend all furniture and decor items are relocated from the area prior to painting, it’s not always realistic. Luckily, plastic drop sheets exist!

Any item not removed from the room should be placed in the centre of the area as much as possible, to allow access to your walls. This furniture should then be covered in plastic. Again, use masking table to secure the ends of the plastic so there is no chance of paint touching the suede on your new couch.


Move it out

If it can be moved, get it out. Here, we’re talking about lamps, decorative bowls, ornaments, vases, small side tables; everything which can be easily relocated to another space. As North Shore painters, Summit Coatings always works to ensure your belongings are protected whilst works are underway, but as with any job site, things can go wrong. A delivery guy could knock that priceless murano glass vase, or your visiting neighbour might slide past the cushion your son made in school with paint on his shorts. The best way to fix a paint disaster is to avoid it in the first place.


What to do if your paint drips

If, even after all of your efforts, paint does find its way to where it’s not wanted, there are some solutions. Firstly, get it while it’s wet. Just like it’s easier to remove a stain from clothing before it dries, paint is easier to remove when wet. Keep a paint rag handy and move fast! If it’s too late and you only discover the drip after it’s set, try using Mineral Turpentine to lift the paint. Be careful on which surface you’re using this, though. It might remove more than just the paint. Try a small dab in a discreet area first.


Whilst some clients prefer to take care of the protective process themselves Summit Coatings, as North Shore painters, offers this service as a part of all their North Shore painting packages and we pride ourselves on our thorough preparation. If you would like to find out more about the steps Summit Coatings takes to ensure the best quality paint finish for your home, contact us today via email, or call 02 9973 3131.

Benefits of using a local painter

When looking for a painter for your next residential, commercial or strata painting job you may be tempted to look further afield to save a little money, however, there are a number of benefits to using a local painter which far outweigh saving a little on your bottom line.

As a North Shore Painter, Summit Coatings services all areas of Greater Sydney, and have completed a number of small and large scale jobs in Sydney’s North Shore.

It makes sense to use North Shore Painters as it means you benefit from local knowledge and experience working on projects similar to your own.


Natural Elements

Living close to the ocean, Sydney sider’s deal with some tough natural elements, such as salt spray, wild winds and heavy rain. These natural elements can have an unforgiving impact on the life of your exterior paint job.

Our North Shore Painting Team can provide expert advice as to which products you should use to get the most out of your paint job. Whilst there are quite a range of products, one particular favourite of ours is Taubmans Endure Exterior which features a lifetime guarantee against blistering, flaking or peeling if applied correctly.


Access Issues

Local areas each have their own unique “lay of the land”. Areas our residential painting team North Shore work with tend to have very steep residential blocks, making exterior painting more challenging. Summit Coatings offers licensed scaffolding and the use of professional access equipment to ensure your job is completed with minimal delay.

The use of access equipment is heavily regulated due to the risks associated with using various machinery and working at heights. Summit Coatings has been recognised as a Winner of the 2014 Master Painters Association “Difficult Access” award for their work in Waitara.


What works and what doesn’t

As a painting contractor North Shore, Summit Coatings understands how the latest colour trends translate to your area. What might be fashionable in the Inner City might look completely out of place in your street. It’s important you have the right advice from North Shore Painters so you’re happy with your decisions today and in to the future.

Our biggest tip to North Shore residents is to avoid strikingly bright colours and to embrace the natural elements, which are so prominent in Sydney’s North Shore. Natural greens, taupe’s and soft blues tend to do well. Alternatively, if you have a heritage style home, consider what might have been the original vision for the house (pale hues are very common).


If you are looking to have your North Shore Home painted by a North Shore Painting Contractor, it’s time to contact Summit Coatings today. Visit our website for more information or call 02 9973 3131 for an obligation free quotation.

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Good painter? Great paint job!

As North Shore Painters, we make sure we use only the best equipment to ensure a lasting finish. Our North Shore Painters use a range of tools to achieve the look for our clients. This includes the basics such as brushes, paint trays, scrapers etc., and goes right up to high end equipment including multi storey ladders, cherry pickers, scaffolding and more. To make sure we complete your paint job on time and to the best level of quality, it means investing in the best tools.

On one level, the best quality tools will help make a job run faster, on a more serious level, it keeps our painting team North Shore safe. Our North Shore Painters are required to complete work at great heights, especially for strata and commercial jobs, so making sure our safety and access equipment is paramount.


The right paint

We’ve explained previously just how important it is to use a quality product to achieve a premium finish. Our North Shore Painting Team has spent years searching for, testing and using what we consider to be the best on the market. Whilst we can always use a client’s preferred product, we recommend products which will provide a long lasting finish. The top characteristics to look out for in paint is a rich colour (even if it’s just an off-white), texture to match your envisioned result and longevity of product. Most good quality paints will come with a warranty if applied to the products’ specifications.



Summit Coatings, North Shore painting team, cannot stress enough the importance of preparation to ensure a premium finish. Even new surfaces need a good sanding. Our North Shore painting team are experts at preparing surfaces to paint. Through a rigorous inspection process, we can ensure even the most questionable surfaces look as good as they can, which is important in the older homes in the North Shore area.

We pay special attention to window sills and door frames, which tend to get knocked around and when done wrong, can look terrible after only a few weeks!

There are a number of steps to consider in preparing a surface for paint, not simply sanding. Often, there is remedial building work which needs to be completed prior to finishing the preparation process. Rotting wood needs to be replaced, rising damp must be dealt with, rusted materials treated and the list goes on. Summit Coatings offers not only North Shore Painters but can also supply a remedial builder in the completed North Shore painters package.


Letting paint dry

If you’ve ever tackled a DIY paint job and weren’t sure how long to let paint dry, you’ll probably understand that if you haven’t let those coats get rock hard, the colour chips off almost instantly.
The reason for this, is that each coat has not been given the chance to fully set. This means, the next coat applied fuses into the previous, slightly wet coat and becomes one big layer of paint. In turn, your paint offers no protection from the elements or the regular wear and tear your walls will experience. If a surface is painted properly and each coat left to dry, if the top coat experiences a chip, there are another few coats underneath so the rest of the paint job is protected, and the flaw goes unnoticed. It can be especially important for people renovating their homes with children to have a quality North Shore painter on the job to ensure the job is done properly for a lasting finish.


Summit Coatings are available to quote for your North Shore painters project – whether it be your home, a strata project, or even a commercial installation. If you need top quality finishes, contact Summit Coatings today.

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