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    DIY painting/decorating

    Moving into a new house end of this month, Iím not a very DIY kind of guy so looking for tips on how to make painting rooms go well? Canít afford to bring someone in to do the whole place so Iíve got a guy doing the lounge and dining room, Iím going to do the rest myself obviously would like to do a good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmas View Post
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    Moving into a new house end of this month, Iím not a very DIY kind of guy so looking for tips on how to make painting rooms go well? Canít afford to bring someone in to do the whole place so Iíve got a guy doing the lounge and dining room, Iím going to do the rest myself obviously would like to do a good job.

    Any handy DIY tips?
    Buy decent paint. The value tins tend to need a few coats while paying a little more will get a tin that will only need a couple of coats usually. Been there and learnt the lesson the hard way on this one!

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    I usually get someone to do it as Iím hopeless but he always says itís in the prep that makes the difference.

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    I was just about to say do the preparation properly. It will depend on the condition of what is already there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dmas View Post
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    Moving into a new house end of this month, Iím not a very DIY kind of guy so looking for tips on how to make painting rooms go well? Canít afford to bring someone in to do the whole place so Iíve got a guy doing the lounge and dining room, Iím going to do the rest myself obviously would like to do a good job.

    Any handy DIY tips?
    Ask the painter if any of the walls you're doing yourself need plastered.

    Clear the room of all furniture if possible, it is a big help!

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    Tape the skirting and roof and cut in (edges with a brush) first. Use your roller and keep in controlled and in one direction up and back. Once you're done take the tape of whilst it's still wet - slowly or you'll get tape stuck under dry paint.

    You tube it if need be. It's really not hard. It's hard to be really good but take your time and prep properly and you'll be fine.

    As someone else said, get good paint. I'd add get good brushes and rollers too. If they're new rollers wash them first and let them dry which stops hairs coming off in the paint.

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    I'd say good paint and good prep the 7 p,s really.
    Prior planning and preparation prevents a piss poor performance Haha. I also saw something about using socks for flossing things like bannister and doors. You use latex gloves then a sock over the top dip into gloss then away you go no idea if it's any good but some of the results I saw were impressive.

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    Thanks very much think the condition is quite good itís not that old a house so Iím hoping it wonít need plastering or any filler, Iíll def take the advice of preparing Iíve made a mess before with painting roofs and ruining the walls Iíve just painted

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    I hate it. But Iíve picked up a few tips.

    The ****wits that lived in the house before me were the most clumsy, hashy, cack-handed pricks to ever walk the earth and should be banned for life from decorating. They were so lazy that they took the wooden sash windows that are in, slathered paint all over the fittings/ropes/glass without thinking to take the fitments off like a normal person.

    Preparation: I moved into an old house and every single wall has been been painted. This involved sugar soaping the walls; full sand; filler where required; sand filled areas; decorators caulk for filling gaps between skirting and walls/corn icing and walls; paint. The preparation took me longer than the actual painting. So be prepared to spend more time than you think, but it sounds like youíre in a newer house than me.

    Technique: I used pads which left a good finish, the best ones were foam/sponge type material rather than roller material. They lasted me four rooms before i replaced them and I could never get quite as even a finish. Real decorators hate them but I felt they covered more ground than rollers and didnít leave me peppered with little specks of paint after every session.

    Tools: Stanley knife, caulk and caulk gun, cheap masking tape - the cheaper the better really, sandpaper with block/gripper, expensive brushes for edge work, ***** brushes for gloss...horrible stuff, ruins brushes and it takes longer than itís worth to clean them so either seal them in a sandwich bag wet and theyíll keep pretty well or toss them.

    Paint: Valspar, valspar, valspar. Great gear, bandq do sample pots that are decent sized and will give a fair bit of coverage if youíve got small rooms you want a particular colour - or for feature walls etc. Theyíve got one called bamboo grove which is, IMO, the green that Hibs should wear. Hence my living room is that colour.

    Donít be scared to take off plugs/light swtiches, saves time and faff masking, and you get a perfect edge.

    And eh, aye, ceilings first 😂
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    I hate it. But Iíve picked up a few tips.

    The ****wits that lived in the house before me were the most clumsy, hashy, cack-handed pricks to ever walk the earth and should be banned for life from decorating. They were so lazy that they took the wooden sash windows that are in, slathered paint all over the fittings/ropes/glass without thinking to take the fitments off like a normal person.

    Preparation: I moved into an old house and every single wall has been been painted. This involved sugar soaping the walls; full sand; filler where required; sand filled areas; decorators caulk for filling gaps between skirting and walls/corn icing and walls; paint. The preparation took me longer than the actual painting. So be prepared to spend more time than you think, but it sounds like youíre in a newer house than me.

    Technique: I used pads which left a good finish, the best ones were foam/sponge type material rather than roller material. They lasted me four rooms before i replaced them and I could never get quite as even a finish. Real decorators hate them but I felt they covered more ground than rollers and didnít leave me peppered with little specks of paint after every session.

    Tools: Stanley knife, caulk and caulk gun, cheap masking tape - the cheaper the better really, sandpaper with block/gripper, expensive brushes for edge work, ***** brushes for gloss...horrible stuff, ruins brushes and it takes longer than itís worth to clean them so either seal them in a sandwich bag wet and theyíll keep pretty well or toss them.

    Paint: Valspar, valspar, valspar. Great gear, bandq do sample pots that are decent sized and will give a fair bit of coverage if youíve got small rooms you want a particular colour - or for feature walls etc. Theyíve got one called bamboo grove which is, IMO, the green that Hibs should wear. Hence my living room is that colour.

    Donít be scared to take off plugs/light swtiches, saves time and faff masking, and you get a perfect edge.

    And eh, aye, ceilings first 😂
    Nice one thanks for this 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jones28 View Post
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    The ****wits that lived in the house before me were the most clumsy, hashy, cack-handed pricks to ever walk the earth and should be banned for life from decorating. They were so lazy that they took the wooden sash windows that are in, slathered paint all over the fittings/ropes/glass without thinking to take the fitments off like a normal person.

    Preparation: I moved into an old house and every single wall has been been painted. This involved sugar soaping the walls; full sand; filler where required; sand filled areas; decorators caulk for filling gaps between skirting and walls/corn icing and walls; paint. The preparation took me longer than the actual painting. So be prepared to spend more time than you think, but it sounds like youíre in a newer house than me.
    Not really a "tip", but I'd agree with the above in the sense of being prepared to take as much time as it takes to do it properly. There's nothing worse than having rushed something for whatever reason, only to have to walk past five times a day for however long it takes you to get so annoyed you have to redo the whole thing. 99% of the time it'll probably be something that a visitor to your house won't notice...but you'll know it's there!

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    Not really a "tip", but I'd agree with the above in the sense of being prepared to take as much time as it takes to do it properly. There's nothing worse than having rushed something for whatever reason, only to have to walk past five times a day for however long it takes you to get so annoyed you have to redo the whole thing. 99% of the time it'll probably be something that a visitor to your house won't notice...but you'll know it's there!
    Aye Iím need to remind myself of this, Iím doing the majority before moving in and Iím already desperate to get there so need to stop myself hammering round it

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    Quote Originally Posted by pontius pilate View Post
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    I'd say good paint and good prep the 7 p,s really.
    Prior planning and preparation prevents a piss poor performance Haha. I also saw something about using socks for flossing things like bannister and doors. You use latex gloves then a sock over the top dip into gloss then away you go no idea if it's any good but some of the results I saw were impressive.
    Intrigued! How does that work?
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    Intrigued! How does that work?
    Pretty straight forward really, I know a few painter & decorators that use this technique when painting lots of railings or balusters. They'll slip on a surgical glove (purely to keep the hand clean from paint), they then put another glove with a fleecy palm (but a sock will do), dip their hand in the paint then apply the paint in a manner that will be very familiar to some (many) posters on here 😜

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedy_gonzales View Post
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    Pretty straight forward really, I know a few painter & decorators that use this technique when painting lots of railings or balusters. They'll slip on a surgical glove (purely to keep the hand clean from paint), they then put another glove with a fleecy palm (but a sock will do), dip their hand in the paint then apply the paint in a manner that will be very familiar to some (many) posters on here 😜
    I've never seen or heard of this before. Here's hoping they don't get an itchy nose or 'nads during the process.

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    I've never seen or heard of this before. Here's hoping they don't get an itchy nose or 'nads during the process.
    There's always their free hand.
    It's not like they've gloved both and gone skiing (if you catch my drift).

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    B&q club members 3 for 2 on emulsion tomorrow, think its then general for all customers at the weekend.
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    My only tips for painting would be donít try it. I absolutely hate doing it and am absolutely ***** at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moulin Yarns View Post
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    B&q club members 3 for 2 on emulsion tomorrow, think its then general for all customers at the weekend.
    Nice one il have a look over the weekend


    Bought a anti drip roller set off groupon the other day hoping that helps anyone any experience with them? Iíve obviously got the classic brushes and roller at the ready for back up as previous experience tells me these will be disastrous

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    Nice one il have a look over the weekend


    Bought a anti drip roller set off groupon the other day hoping that helps anyone any experience with them? Iíve obviously got the classic brushes and roller at the ready for back up as previous experience tells me these will be disastrous
    Look on YouTube for tips.
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