Useful Tools for Interior Painting in Sydney and the Home Decorator

Interior decorating and DIY interior painting is so popular nowadays.

With all the building and home decorating shows like The Block, House Rules and Grand Designs there really is a surge in homeowners wanting to have a go and do it themselves.

If you watch these shows or similar though you’ll now that one area not to skimp on is the painting.

Painting seems to be one area that contestants on The Block and House Rules generally think they can do themselves but then they don’t end up doing it well usually.

And when your paintwork isn’t done well it can really let the overall finish of your room and the whole home down.

We are going to take you through some of the things any avid DIYer should have in their toolbox when it comes to painting and home decorating which will help you create an A1 finish.

interior painting Sydney DIY painting tools recommended by Summit Coatings

Interior painting tool must haves

When it comes to tools and supplies for painting you really can’t skimp on these things.

Buying cheap and nasty painters tape/masking tape will either not adhere properly so the paint seeps under the tape or it sticks too well and won’t peel off properly.

Or when you do peel it the tape off it takes the paint off your newly painted wall.

Not an outcome anyone wants!

So, the tools and materials we recommend:

  • A good quality painters tape or masking tape to mask off edges, architraves, windows, etc to make cutting in easier and neater
  • A roller and paint brush in a few varying sizes.
  • Paint pail with handle. A handle is a must if you will be climbing up ladders.
  • Non-slip plastic/cloth for the floor or furniture protection. If you don’t cover your floor or furniture you are guaranteed to spill the paint
  • Plastic bag for in between coats.
  • Steady step ladder or larger depending on what area you need to paint

Wrap your paint brushes, rollers and insert your paint tray/pail into a plastic bag and seal it.

That way you don’t need to wash out your tools between coats and your paint doesn’t dry up.

Make sure you do put something down on the floor underneath and surrounding the area you are painting.

If you are near furniture too then make sure you cover that or at least move it out of the way.

You will be guaranteed to spill or splash the paint if you don’t and it’s a pain to try and remove off some surfaces and materials.

So be proactive rather than reactive.

interior painting Sydney DIY painting by Summit Coatings

Touch ups of your interior walls

Always make sure when fixing an area that you touch up the paintwork with the same tool that it was first painted with – brush or roller.

That way it will blend it to the area a lot better.

You may need to extend the area you are repainting to encompass the whole section of wall.

It will just depend on the size of the area that needed touching up and how long it’s been since it was originally painted.

Paint on wall fades with light through the window and general wear and tear.

If it’s a well lit room with lots of natural light and a high traffic area you may need to bite the bullet and repaint the whole room.

interior painting Sydney DIY tool recommendations by Summit Coatings

Interior painting Sydney for the non DIYers

Now DIY isn’t for everyone and some jobs just are too big, too high or in this busy day and age you may just not have the time for it.

And that’s ok as that’s where we come in.

We would be happy to discuss your house painting needs with you.

With over 30 years experience and members of the Master Painters Association, you are guaranteed to receive a job you will love and be proud of from the painting through to the customer service.

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How to prepare for wallpaper with our residential painter, North Shore

 

Is it time to freshen up your walls with the help of our residential painters in North Shore or are you going to tackle the preparation work yourself?

Have you previously had wallpaper on your walls, either all of them or as a feature?

If it’s time for a change and you want to freshen up your home and walls with a new look and new wallpaper then our residential painters in North Shore can help.

With wallpaper, it all comes down to good removal techniques and surface preparation.

Having the surface perfect or as near perfect as you can is of the utmost importance.

If you don’t get the surface right then you won’t have clean, smooth walls at the end of the job.

Depending on the angle you are, when the light hits your new wallpaper you may be able to see the little bumps and lumps to annoy you forever (or until the next time you update your walls at least).

residential painter North Shore wallpaper options by Ann Jackson

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Wallpaper removal: DIY or obtain the services of local residential painters, North Shore

Not sure if you want to tackle the task of removing your wallpaper yourself?

It can be a big task, especially if it’s a whole room or house that’s been wallpapered.

If you’ve only used wallpaper on feature walls then it’s not quite as daunting a job, but still, the removal and wall preparation is just as important as the actual wallpaper application.

Pros to DIY wallpaper removal:

  • Can be more economical if all goes to plan, but like all DIY when does it ever go to plan? So, in the long run, it may end up costing you. But obviously, this will depend on your level of experience and expertise too.

Cons to DIY wallpaper removal:

  • Will take you longer than the professional residential painters if you aren’t proficient or haven’t done this before.
  • If you damage the wall surface/plasterboard then it will need to be repaired before new wallpaper can be hung or the walls painted. This may be outside your skillset and you may need to pay someone to repair the walls as a result.
  • You may need to hire equipment to get the job done – a steam stripper for example.
  • If the wallpaper has been on the walls for some time or, heaven forbid, painted over then it will be harder to remove and we would definitely recommend getting the expert residential painters in if this was the case.

Now reading back on our pros and cons list… cons have definitely won out.

What do you think? Would you attempt to remove wallpaper yourself?

Wallpaper removal tips and tools needed

Check out our previous blog post “Tips to Remove Wallpaper” which details some tips and tricks as well as the removal options.

Depending on how long your wallpaper has been on may depend on what method you use.

Surface preparation by our residential painters in North Shore

So, if you do decide to be brave and tackle the job of removing your wallpaper yourself then it’s all about surface preparation when it comes to rehanging new wallpaper or applying paint to your walls.

Now if any damage has been done during the removal process it needs to be fixed.

Wallpaper can be slightly forgiving to imperfections but there would be nothing worse than sitting back enjoying your new room and with the angle, you are sitting you can see a lump or bump.

Once you’ve seen that dreaded lump or bump once your eye will forever be drawn to that spot and it will haunt you until you redecorate again.

These are the main points that you need to consider after your wallpaper has been removed:

1.    Remove all traces of dust and dirt and double check there is no remanence of wallpaper still left

2.    Any bumps, cracks, or anything that is not smooth needs to be filled and repaired with a suitable plaster or crack filler. If you’re not sure what you are doing then touch base with us and we can handle this aspect for you.

3.    Make sure walls are clean and dry and aren’t left wet if you have used a steam stripper.

 residential painter North Shore featured wallpaper option

DIY wallpaper removal isn’t your thing

That’s ok, as Summit Coatings can handle all aspects for you.

From removing and preparing your walls for you through to hanging new wallpaper or repainting your walls.

If you have had a go at it yourself and you have come to realise it’s beyond your skillset then contact us.

Don’t be embarrassed – we’ve really seen it all over the years.

We have over 30 years’ experience and are also members of the Master Painters Association, so you can rest assured you will get a quality service on all levels.

We can also help you with your wallpaper or paint choices too with our colour consultancy service.

So, get in touch with us for your next home renovation and our residential painters in North Shore and Northern Beaches will be only too happy to help you.

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How to Create a Feature Wall with Best Painters North Shore

Creating a feature wall by the best painters in North Shore is really the way to go if you want to add some “wow” factors to your interior rooms. The use of a feature wall is a great way to encompass trends, add impact or highlight a room’s feature. By creating a feature wall and then using some home interiors to complement the feature wall is a fantastic way to link your room design together.

The more common feature wall options are paint and wallpaper. Within these options you have more options with finishes:

  • Sheen
  • Shine
  • Patterns

Then you have other feature wall options such as wood panelling, wall murals as well as stunning and realistic faux finishes you can get with wallpaper.

Feature wall option of wood panelling with best painters North Shore, Summit Coatings

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What is a feature wall?

Feature walls are an accent wall that is different from other walls in the room, therefore, making it a “feature” wall. Feature walls encompass:

  • Subtle change in paint shade or tone
  • Bold pop of colour
  • Stripes or polka dots
  • A mirror or artwork piece that is the focus

When planning your feature wall what do you want to achieve in the way of ambience – relaxed, coastal, sophisticated, trendy and the list goes on. If using a bold colour isn’t within your comfort zone, think outside the box a little and use a softer shade or tone and add some interest with stripes or shapes.

  • Polk dots or stripes can be fun in a child’s room
  • Wallpaper can be fantastic for all rooms with the array of colour and texture options available
  • Some wallpaper companies offer a custom solution too to create a truly unique feature so you can have a special photograph turned into wallpaper

You can also use mirrors or a special piece of artwork or photography piece as your showcase piece on your feature wall.

If you are in need of some inspiration Pinterest is a great tool.

wallpaper feature walls from Wall Creations with best painters North Shore

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Dos and Don’ts of feature walls from the best painters in North Shore, Summit Coatings

Here are some do and don’ts we recommend using as a guide for choosing and executing a feature wall in your home.

Do:

  • Use sparingly around your home.
  • Coordinate your feature wall to blend with the rest of the room but it’s important to have a showcase/standout element to it
  • Showcase a wall that has something distinctive about it or is screaming out to showcase a feature
  • Use a wall that showcases a fireplace or an amazing piece of furniture or piece of artwork

Don’t:

  • Have a feature wall in every room in your home. A “feature” wall is a feature for a reason and using too frequently throughout your home can lose its impact and style prowess
  • Don’t go completely into left field when choosing your features wall paint colour or texture. If it doesn’t blend with the rest of the room/home then it may be time to rethink your concept
  • Avoid walls that have lots of doors and windows as it detracts from your feature
  • Don’t necessarily make the biggest wall in your room the feature wall. Think about how the room works and layout, etc before deciding.

feature wall option with the best painters North Shore Summit Coatings

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Why choose the best painters in North Shore, Summit Coatings?

We are here for you and want you to be happy and proud of your home. If you are unsure what wall is best to use when showcasing your feature wall, that’s not a problem. We are happy to discuss what you are wanting and make our recommendations when we come out to quote for the project. Just contact us now to book in. we can also provide colour or pattern advice too.

 

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Tips to remove wallpaper

Wallpaper can look so fantastic and there really are some outstanding choices out there these days even down to some custom wallpaper options. Installing wallpaper and removing it can be quite tricky though and it really is left best to the professionals but if you do decide to tackle the job yourself rather than getting a Sydney painting service to do the job for you. Then be prepared for mess and lots of it. It’s also not normally a quick job if you haven’t done it before so make sure you aren’t in a hurry when you do go to tackle it.

wallpaper example with Sydney painting services Summit Coatings

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Don’t want a Sydney painting service to remove your wallpaper. Here are some tips. You may change your mind.

Here are some tips on how to tackle removing your wallpaper. After reading them you may change your mind and decide to get the professionals in but read on and see what you think.

  1. Make sure you place plastic or something down to protect your flooring as it will get messy.
  2. Scraper: using a scraper try and remove a small section in a corner/inconspicuous area first. This is a good way to see if it’s been applied over a painted wall or other layers of wallpaper and how long it’s been there for. The easier it comes away the better but…. quite often you’re not that lucky.
  3. If it comes away easily then continue to pull/strip the wall of the paper. Pull either down or up at an angle along the wall (don’t pull outwards) keeping both hands near the edge where it’s pulling away from the wall to avoid tearing.
  4. Chemical stripper: if it’s not coming away then you may need to use a chemical stripper. If you do go this avenue make sure you use the right safety gear – gloves, safety glasses, etc. Use a wire brush or something similar to score the wallpaper. The idea is to break the seal. You then can use a brush or roller to apply the chemical stripper. Be aware of skin and eyes as you apply.
  5. Steam stripper: if you need help getting your wallpaper to budge but don’t like the idea of a chemical stripper then steam might be the way to go. Obviously, you need to still be careful not to burn yourself, etc but it is a more environmentally friendly way to go.
  6. Once all the wallpaper has been removed give the walls a wash with a wet sponge to remove any residue and allow to dry thoroughly for a few days.

Beware though that by doing it yourself you can damage the plasterboard underneath and may then need to have this repaired before having the painters come in. So, in the long run, it can work out to be costlier than having the professionals do it in the first place.

damask wallpaper example with Sydney painting services Summit Coatings

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Signs of damage

It’s really important that your plasterboard is in A1 condition after you have removed your wallpaper before we come into paint. If this isn’t something you want to tackle yourself then don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help with this aspect too.

Some signs of damage you need to look out for in particular is left over glue and a scarred surface from where you have tried to lift/scrape the wallpaper. In a worst-case scenario, we have even heard of a case where someone peeled the top layers of the plasterboard off altogether so it was back to the cardboard layers. This is not good at all and takes some work to fix but everything is fixable.

So, once your wall/s are dry it’s time to give them a light sand, fix any plaster damage and then seal ready for painting. Or feel free to contact us as we can include any prep work in our quote too.

Wave wallpaper by Ginger Monkey

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Why choose a professional Sydney painting service

After reading the above you may be having second thoughts on tackling the job yourself. At any stage, we would be happy to chat to about your needs. So, don’t be embarrassed if you start and don’t want to complete the job, we’d be happy to come and chat to you about how we can help.

Removing wallpaper isn’t for the faint-hearted and it really can cause more damage i.e. cost more in the long run than obtaining the services of a professional in the beginning.

With Summit Coatings you can rest assured of obtaining a quality service from a qualified and registered Master Painter.

 

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How to tell if you need the roof painters in to your Sydney home

Is it time to check out the exterior of your home and what needs to be done before the winter months set in? Could your roof do with a visit from the roof painters amoungst other things? Ensuring the exterior of your home is in good condition before the cold and wet weather sets in is important. We believe in prevention better than cure or fixing things after the damage has occurred.

If you have a weatherboard home and the wet and moisture creep into your weatherboards then it can cause damage and can be costly to fix if it’s not caught straightaway. Also, if your house roof happened to leak then it really can be a pain to fix especially with trying to locate the actual point of the leak. It only takes a pinhole for water to get in and then it can build up over time before any damage is found. Or if it’s a huge leak then the damage is usually done internally before you even have a chance to rectify the situation. So, embracing prevention and keeping on top of these things is definitely the best way to go.

Roof painters for tile roofs Summit Coatings

 

What to do before the roof painters come

You really want to give your roof the TLC that it deserves. It’s best to check it out before the roof painters come and that way it’s all a-ok before it’s painted. When you think about it your roof is one of the main things keeping you warm and dry or cool and dry depending on your climate. Even if you didn’t have walls your roof will still keep the rain or the sun off you. It gets battered in storms and then there’s the other extreme with our harsh sun. And because it’s so high up (normally) it gets neglected and forgotten but that is about to change as you are going to learn what to look out for when it comes to caring for your roof:

  • If you have a tiled roof keep an eye on the ridge capping. If the cement is looking loose then this needs rectifying.
  • Loose, missing or broken tiles are a definite sign that needs repairing. Ask us about our resealing option as we have a solution for you.
  • If you can access your roof space then it’s a good idea to climb up there and inspect the timber beams for any signs of water damage and even your insulation for dampness.
  • Also keep an eye on your plaster internally. If you see any water marks or stains on the ceiling or around the tops of your walls/cornice then you will want to have a further investigation done to find the cause.
  • Make sure your guttering and eaves are in good condition too as this can be a sign of further damage or that investigation is needed.

 

How to choose your roof paint colour

If your roof is looking a bit sad and dilapidated then it’s time to get the roof painters back in. You may wish to keep your roof the same colour or you may wish to take advantage of having it done and choose a new colour and give your home a part facelift or why not have the exterior of your home painted too at the same time and give your home a full facelift.

There are a few things to remember when choosing your roof colours:

  • Exterior colours –consider the colour of your exterior walls, trims, windows, doors, even garden paths and external garages. Consider anything that is visible from the front of your property.
  • Dark versus light colours – black and other dark colours absorb and hold the heat whereas white and lighter colours reflect. If you are in a warmer climate you will want to keep your roof cavity as cool as you can and everything helps so using colours that reflect the heat rather than absorbing plays a part in keeping your home cooler.
  • Neighbourhood – consider your neighbours and what colours work with neighbouring properties unless you are going for a statement home.

If you happen to be in Sydney too then some councils have laws against white roofs so it might be worth raising this with your painter or checking with your local council first to see if this applies to your area.

Below is a before and after picture which shows how much a change in colour can lift your home. Just excuse the annoying sun on the after picture but it was just that time of day when it was taken.

Roof painters Sydney before and after pictures with Summit Coatings

 

Our roof painters process

Preparation – as with any painting job it’s important that the surface is prepared properly to start with. As your roof is exposed to everything and all conditions we start with giving it a high pressure clean.

Reseal – if you have roof tiles we have an advanced membrane system that we can use to reseal over porous tiles which prevents the water getting in. As I said above it only takes the smallest hole for water to enter your home and start causing damage. So, it’s an easy and effective way to protect the structure and interior of your home.

Paint – we have qualified painters and we use Taubmans Endure Exterior paints to do the job. We also hold all the relevant insurances and licenses for our painters who are also used to working at heights and with various roof styles and pitches.

 

Roof painters Sydney with Summit Coatings

 

Why choose Summit Coatings as your roof painters in Sydney

As I said above prevention is better than cure or fixing the cause of the problem when it comes to your home or roof more specifically. At Summit Coatings we are all about helping home owners look after what is normally their largest investment and take care of all your painting needs.

We are award winning painters whilst also being members of the Master Painters Association so you can rest assured that you are going to receive a quality job that will be delivered in a professional manner.

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Is it time to get the house painters back?

How do you know when it’s time to get the house painters back, we hear you ask? If a proper job has been done by your previous contractor and they’ve done the right preparation, used the correct paint for the job and also applied it correctly then for the exterior of your home your paintwork can last up to 10 years (if you don’t have elements like sea salt to contend with).

And whilst the outside of your home isn’t subject to external elements, if you have young children or pets then it can be a close comparison sometimes. If kept in good condition, the length of time between internal paint jobs can be many, many years, depending on how much wear and tear your home suffers. And even when it’s time for a paint job, it’s more for a cosmetic upgrade than anything else.

Exterior house painters Summit Coatings North Shore Sydney

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When is it time to get the exterior house painters back?

Ideally, you really want to get the house painters back for the exterior of your home before you see too many signs of wear and tear and damage. House paint not only plays a cosmetic role in your home but also acts as a barrier between the elements and the materials of the walls your home. And as the walls of your home are what is keeping you warm and dry we really want to look after them.

So, it’s a good idea to do regular checks of your walls and pay particular attention to the following:

  • Peeling and cracking paint
  • Any exposed bare wood
  • Mould or water stains showing
  • Chalky residue coming off on your hands
  • Improved street appeal

Also, don’t forget to check the paint on the exterior of your home around windows and doors as you don’t want moisture getting in around those or into wooden doors and windows. That can cause you all sorts of problems that are best avoided.

If you do decide to repaint the exterior or your home you may like to check out one of our previous posts on Exterior Paint Colours North Shore Sydney for some ideas and inspiration.

Exterior house painters North Shore Sydney before pictures

Above is the a before picture and below is the after picture.

Exterior house painters North Shore Sydney after pictures

When is it time to get the interior house painters back?

When it’s time to get the house painters back for the interior of your home, it’s normally more of a cosmetic decision as there’s not much damage that can be done internally that will damage the structure of your home. The things to look out for or that may make you decide to repaint or not are:

  • Mould or mildew – if either of these appears then act ASAP to rectify the situation
  • Faded paint
  • Damaged plaster
  • Renovating
  • Damaged architraves or doors

If you have damage to your plaster then it’s important that it’s is fixed properly and your walls are prepared to a high standard as a subpar job repairing the plaster will transfer into a subpar paint finish.

If you are thinking it’s time to repaint the interior and would like to check out some paint colours you might like to look over one of our other blog posts Choosing the Right Interior Paint Colour to give you some inspiration.

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How to choose the right house painters?

Now the question of how to choose the right house painters is very important and can make or break your project. Always make sure you are dealing with a company that is licensed and holds a certificate of currency for both Workers Compensation and Public Liability insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a certificate of currency for both. If the painting company you are dealing with is reputable, then they won’t mind providing that information.

When it comes to Summit Coatings we are also members of the Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc which are the industry association representing painters and decorators. By being a member we have a code of conduct to abide by both with our service and our workmanship so you can rest assured you are going to get a quality job from Summit Coatings house painters.

We also use quality materials such as  Taubmans Paints so between that and our excellent house painters you are guaranteed to get an excellent finish. Feel free to contact us at any time to discuss your painting needs or to obtain a quote.

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Prepare baby’s nursery for painters North Shore Sydney

When it comes to painting your baby’s nursery you, of course, want the best house painters North Shore Sydney to do the job but here’s a few thing we get asked regularly to get you thinking.

Mint green nursery paint colours by Summit Coatings

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Painting your baby’s nursery in North Shore Sydney? How soon is too soon?

When you have a baby on the way a lot of planning goes into the baby’s nursery and painting the room plays a big part of this, so don’t leave it too late. You want to be able to enjoy the momentous occasion and enjoy putting the finishing touches on things and not leave it until the end of your pregnancy when you’re exhausted and tired. You also don’t want to have to move all the things you have started buying out of the baby’s room for the painters to come in if you can avoid it. The less you need to do the better. So that’s why we say get in early and get the painting out of the way and enjoy getting your North Shore home ready for baby.

 

Gender specific vs neutral colours

When choosing your interior paint colours for baby’s nursery obviously it will depend how far along you or your partner are in the pregnancy as if you’re being super organised and getting onto the painting you may be too early to even know baby’s gender and that’s if you decide to find out so neutral colours would be the way to go in that case. There are some wonderful neutral colour options available too from your normal your whites, soft greys and wood tones through to mint which is hugely popular with interior paint colours this year in general as well as coral, lilac, navy and red. If you’re after some impact then wallpaper is a great option or accessorise with some wall art or floor rugs that can be easily changed. If you would like to explore a feature wall though and aren’t sure about choosing colours or wallpapers that complement each other then we also offer a colour consultancy service around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area.

 

baby nursery paint colour inspiration by Summit Coatings

Source: Taubmans

If you are waiting to paint though until you know baby’s gender then that opens you up to a world of blue and pink interior paint options and then some. We use and recommend Taubmans and you can view their online colour chart for some ideas.

baby blue paint colour inspiration by Summit Coatings

Source: Taubmans

 

When you are deciding between gender specific interior paint colours or neutral other important things to take into account are the furniture and decor that you not only have now but will also have in the future. Fads come in and out very quickly and babies, unfortunately, grow up very quickly and therefore they can grow out of paint colours just as quick and will be out of their nursery furniture before you know it. We will, of course, be more than happy to come back and repaint for you at any time you need a painter in  North Shore Sydney or surrounds but if you are wanting to get some longevity out of the painting we have done for you then you may want to consider how far down the track you wish to repaint.

neutral nursery paint colour inspiration by Summit Coatings

Source: Daily Addict

 

Is painting our North Shore baby’s nursery safe?

We use Taubamans Endure Paints which are asthma and allergy friendly. They also have an antibacterial protection and are mould and mildew resistant with superior washability and are also tough and durable which is super important for growing families. You also have the option of low sheen and semi gloss which are particularly great for those high traffic areas.

Contact North Shore’s best Master Painters now for a quote.

 

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How to care for wooden windows after the house painters

Wooden windows are quite popular around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area and look absolutely fabulous when they have been freshly painted by our house painters. Freshly painted or stained wooden windows can really freshen up the inside or exterior of your home.

Unfortunately, wooden windows do require some more tender loving care than aluminium windows but just a little extra attention goes a long way and will help extend the length of time between our house painters visits.

 

Stained wooden windows by house painters Summit Coatings

 

How to look after wooden windows once the house painters have been

Weather in general can cause problems when it comes to wooden windows but if you are also in the Northern Beaches area and live right near the beach then you have salt water to contend with too. Most damage is manageable and fixable but if you do a few things between visits from our house painters you can extend the life of your wooden paint job.

5 Tips for regular wooden window maintenance

  1. Regularly clean your window frames with water and a mild detergent
  2. Check for any deterioration – cracks, peeling paint, mildew, etc
  3. Probe the window frame to check for any signs of rot as this will need to be addressed ASAP
  4. Check seals, as if these are falling then it can affect the efficiency of your home heating or cooling
  5. Remember to check the condition of your window sash too

 

Wooden windows by house painters Summit Coatings

 

If you notice that your wooden windows need only a small touch up you may be able to attempt this yourself. If the work needed is more extensive or you would prefer to leave to the professionals,  contact us at Summit Coatings for assistance. Also, keep in mind the height of the window as access and working from heights can also be problematic when attempting a repair.

How to touch up wooden windows

If you are comfortable with some home DIY then use the following as a guide on how to touch up wooden windows:

  • Sand back the area in question
  • Make sure you get into any corners
  • Fill any cracks with putty and make sure you push it into the cracks
  • Allow putty to dry until hard which may be overnight
  • Tape off around the window pane
  • Repaint the area with any leftover paint the house painters have left or if there’s not enough for the job in question then you will need to colour match the area. We recommend Taubmans paints so any stockist of Taubmans would be able to help you with this
  • When painting the area remember to follow the directions for application and drying times, etc too

If the area is bigger than what you can handle or the window height requires special access, then Summit Coatings are just a phone call away and we would be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

 

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How to fix your paintwork before calling the house painters

If some of our superb house painters from Summit Coatings have been to your North Shore or Northern Beaches home, you’ll know that “just painted” feeling. Clean walls, unchipped skirting boards and beautifully finished door frames.

Then life kicks in…

The interior of your home starts to get bumps and scrapes on your newly painted walls from kids toys, bags and then some. Or if you had our house painters paint the exterior of your home then you have the ball games or falling bicycles that may scratch your exterior walls. Unfortunately, accidents happen so we have some suggestions on how to look after your walls once the house painters have been through, and how you can make that “just painted” feeling last a little longer.

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How to touch up your interior walls after the house painters have been

If your interior walls have succumbed to some scuff marks, or if you have little ones that think walls are really just art canvases once the house painters have departed then you can try the following:

  • Remove the damage with soap and water and see what will come off. You may be surprised, (we hope!)
  • If that doesn’t work though another alternative is Magic Erasers. They are great for those stubborn marks and you can usually purchase these from your local hardware store or supermarket. They can work wonders but if the house painters have only just recently been then avoid at all costs as they are not recommended to use on freshly painted walls so just keep in mind the time frame of when your walls have been painted to when your current damage has been done.

Touching up interior walls

  1. If you are going to attempt touching up yourself and you have some leftover paint from your house painters, we highly recommend trying a small test patch of paint first on an inconspicuous area behind a piece of furniture or artwork for example first.
  2. Make sure you let the area dry before you sit or stand back and assess if it’s a match or not.
  3. If all is looking good then go ahead and touch up the damaged area. Use a small brush if it’s only a small area and feather the edges out to blend the area in as much as possible. Otherwise, if it’s a larger area then use a roller or brush no bigger than the area. You don’t want to give yourself more work and a larger area to try and blend the edges.

How to touch up your exterior walls after the house painters have been

If it hasn’t been long since the house painters have been and gone then you may be able to scrub the marks away or at least some of it to lessen the damage. Otherwise, use the following as a guide:

  • If the exterior of your home is weatherboard then a light sand may be needed to even out any gouges, etc before paint is applied.
  • If you are able to touch up the area yourself then the same steps apply as to how you touch up your interior walls (see above) in relation to testing the paint on an inconspicuous area, waiting for it to dry, etc before assessing whether it’s a good colour match or not.

It is extremely imperative that the area is prepared properly so as not to cause any ongoing damage to your home especially when it comes to the sun which, although lovely around the North Shore and Northern Beaches area, can be a hindrance in this situation. If ever in doubt please contact us at Summit Coatings and we can chat to you about the best way to proceed.

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Worst case scenario when touching up your paint work

The worst case scenario is that the wall in question will need to be repainted and if this is the case please feel free to contact Summit Coatings.

Sometimes this can be the easier option as with the way light, angles and shadows reflect on walls and their surrounds it can hide any slight differences in colours.

We will only be too happy to assist you with your query. Being a family owned and run business with kids, pets and the lot, we (unfortunately) understand that that “freshly painted” feeling doesn’t always last.

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Exterior paint colours North Shore Sydney

Do you live in the North Shore and Northern Beaches area of Sydney and are looking to have your house, commercial premises or strata complex painted but feeling overwhelmed with all the choices? Then read on and hopefully, we can take away some of the stress and overwhelm.

 

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Choose the right exterior paint colours for your home around Northern Beaches and North Shore

A great way to start the process when choosing the right paint colour for your home is to visualise your favourite colours and what works together and compliments each other.  Also take a walk around the outside of your home and really look at the colour of things that are permanent or just hard to change or you wish not to change such as the roof, gutters, garage doors, windows, exterior doors, veranda railings and even the concrete or paving you have in your driveway and surrounding paths.

It is also a good idea to look around your street at what your neighbours have and even go for a walk or drive around North Shore and Northern Beaches or the area you live in as it’s a great way to see what exterior paint colours have been chosen in your area. This is a particularly fantastic way to look at colour choices if you’re a visual person and like to physically see what colours work together.

You also need to take into account the style of your house and the environment around North Shore and Northern Beaches when choosing your house paint colours. Is your house modern, heritage, traditional, bush or beachside? Do you have features you wish to showcase or areas you wish to hide? All this can be done when choosing the right paint colour for the exterior of your home but take the time to factor the above points in when deciding.

Once you have narrowed it down and have an idea of what colours you are wanting then pick up a Taubmans paint chart at your local hardware or paint store or view their online paint chart and have a look at what is available in the exterior paint colours you are liking.

 

Painting your commercial premises

If you are looking at repainting the exterior of your commercial premises then your first deciding factor will be whether your own business also resides in the premises or whether the premises is tenanted. If your own business does reside within then you can go the extra mile and tailor the exterior paint colours around your branding and signage but if the premises is tenanted then you might like to concentrate more on neutral colours to appeal to a broader market should you need a new tenant down the track.

When choosing the exterior paint colour as you do when choosing the right paint colour for your home you can also take a look around the neighbourhood at other commercial properties and other businesses to see what exterior paint colours and accenting colours have been used or even book an appointment with one of our Colour Consultants for advice.

 

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Extra house painting inspiration

If you would like some extra inspiration when it comes to choosing your exterior house paint colours then have a look at our gallery too and see if some of the exterior paint colours peak your interest that we have used when painting houses at Woollahra, Manly, Palm Beach, Hornsby and other suburbs in and around the North Shore and Northern Beaches of Sydney.

If you’re also looking to repaint the exterior of your home with the intention of selling shortly then check out our previous blog post on Preparing your home for sale in summer.  You might find some valuable tips and tricks here too.

So if you’re looking for the best house painter or commercial painter for North Shore, Northern Beaches and surrounding areas then please contact us today!

 

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