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Wet areas like Kitchens and Bathrooms need a more resistant paint so use our Kitchen and Bathroom paints.

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Step 5: Let's Paint Ceilings & Walls

After all that preparation, it's time to get paint on the walls. Once again we've pulled together some tips to make the job a whole lot easier.

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1. Use painter's tape to mask off any areas not being painted.

  • Cover furniture and floors with drop cloths.
  • Stir well before and during use with a broad paddle.
  • If using multiple cans of the same colour, mix together for the best uniform colour, also called 'boxing the paint'.
  • Check colour is correct before applying.
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2. Prime or undercoat the area to promote adhesion and coverage.

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3. Paint the ceiling first.

  • For ceilings, first 'cut in' a corner of the ceiling with a 75 -100mm synthetic brush and work around the cornice & edges where the ceiling meets the wall. Continue cutting in to complete a border around the ceiling.
  • Apply paint to the middle section with a roller. Begin in a corner and roll across the ceiling in 1m sections.
  • Finish with long, even roller strokes across the entire ceiling referred to as 'lay off'.
  • Where possible, roll towards a natural light source and work across the ceiling in 1m sections to reduce roller marks. Apply paint liberally for good coverage.
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4. Paint the walls next.

  • Paint only one wall at a time.
  • Brush a border ('cut in') around the ceiling, floor, trim and corners using a 75 -100mm synthetic brush.
  • Always maintain a wet edge by brushing back into immediately applied areas. Apply paint to the main wall section by roller.
  • Apply a full and even coat of paint covering a 1m wide section (painting from floor to ceiling).
  • Finish with long even roller strokes from top to bottom.
  • Continue across the entire wall.

Pro Tips: Masking, framing and lapping

Masking: A good quality low tack masking tape is recommended to provide protection of prepainted/prefinished items and for easy removal of tape after painting. It is recommended to carefully remove the tape while the paint is drying.

picture framing

Picture framing occurs when a wet finish coat is applied to areas that already have dry paint.

  • Don't 'cut in' the entire room before rolling out paint on the walls.
  • Work in sections in order to maintain a wet edge by painting into the wet paint so the paint blends with what has already been applied.
  • Roll as close to the edge, top and bottom of the wall as possible.

Lapping occurs where wet and dry surfaces overlap when applying paint with a roller. The surface will appear denser in colour and higher in gloss in the areas where this occurs.

  • Avoid applying a wet finish over areas that are already dry.
  • Maintain a wet edge by working in small sections.
  • Do not stop in the middle of a wall. Stop only at natural breaks, such as windows or corners.
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No disruptions with our low ammonia formula

It is all about getting the most from our busy lifestyle. When decorating your home, Pascol offers you a water based, low odour painting system with low ammonia. With such low odour there are hardly any disruptions. Being gentler on your senses you can move back into the room sooner, making it better for you and your home environment.

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Peace of mind for active living

Pascol provides lasting assurance with added protection against the growth of mould, mildew and fungus. Pascol paints are perfect for active households especially in areas that are prone to moisture and humidity.

Keep reading...

Step 1: How much paint do I need?

Step 2: Which sheen should I use?

Step 3: Choosing the right Prep Coat

Step 4: Prepare the surface

Step 5: Let's paint Ceilings and Walls

Step 6: Let's paint Trims and Woodwork

Step 7: Which tools do I need?

Step 8: Clean-up, storage & disposal

Guide Download

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