by Gilly Brewster
(New York, USA)
There are several ways through which you can attend to a home paintjob: either you hire a contractor to send over a team of workers to help you with this, or have a skilful friend do this with less payment, and ofcourse, the home DIY painting. You can do this on your own if you have the patience enough and the right knowledge to do this project.
But regardless which way you have resorted to there are some things that one should fix before repainting the place: fix the cracks in the walls and ceiling. These problems inevitably appear over the years, as houses do tend to shift slightly or because they are too worn out.
Not to mention that holes can appear from various nails used to hold a painting that you have meanwhile removed. Many home owners who have done this will definitely agree with the fact that fixing takes sometimes more than the actual repainting. But painting is generally easier to perform when applying the paint on even and clean walls.
You should know that the most common type of walls that need thishome DIY repair prior to painting are: rendered brick, laden plaster, plasterboard and fibrous plaster. All these surfaces could be fixed using an adhesive that is a compound utilized as multi-purpose.
Beside this compound you will need cornice cement, fiber-glass tape, sandpaper (the fine one), a pot to do the blend, plastic joint knives, sanding block and Stanley knife.
* For the first option used on rendered brick or laden plaster – prepare the surface by removing any loose paint and the dust with a damp cloth (do not soak the spot). With a gap larger than 3 mm, have it pre-filled with good cornice cement.
Then apply the tape over these cracks; in case this one doesn’t adhere, then use a thin layer of multi-purpose compound in which the tape will imbed. The excess compound then should be removed. With the knife (100mm) take this compound and apply over the joints always removing the excess. Let it dry for 24 hrs.
With the second knife (200mm) apply the second layer of compound on a 300mm wide stripe. Again let it dry for 24 hrs. The final coat should be done in the same way for a wider stripe (400mm) and then feather the edges using a sift cloth. Let it dry for 24 hrs before saying that this homeDIY project is almost completed. Use the sandpaper to lightly rub the surface not damaging the area surrounding this stripe.
* For the second option on plasterboard and fibrous plaster, the same steps can be followed with a single difference: in case the plaster is loose have it fixed using 30mm plaster nails distanced at 200 mm one from another to fix the area back in to its frame. When this one is fixed, just go for the painting instructions to get the best results on your home DIY painting project.