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.

Maxine Ottowa

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Maxine Ottowa