November 21, 2013

4 Reasons You Should Use Eco-Friendly Paints

In modern times we’ve come to realise the importance of looking after the environment as much as we can. The sad truth is that the environment is not invincible, and the way we live and the things we do can influence its wellbeing and, by extension, our own. With people becoming more weary of the environment and how we are effecting it, people are turning to eco friendly products as much as they can. Certain types of paint can contain all kinds of different chemicals and can actually be very harmful to the environment and to ourselves. If you are painting at home, we would recommend that you choose an eco friendly paint for the following reasons

Water based
Being water based, paint of this kind is easier to break down than alternative products. With the majority of its ingredients being biodegradable, the paint is going to do significantly less damage to the environment down the track. Obviously, this is the defining feature of natural paint, but some people don’t realise the other advantages associated with it.

More efficient
Initially, these kinds of paints were not necessarily very practical, and chemical alternatives were seen to be the way to go if you wanted the best paint job you could possibly get. Ultimately, you were paying for the eco friendly nature of these paints, rather than the quality of them. However, recent technological advancements mean that they are actually more efficient to use – they require less coats and provide more coverage than their chemical counterparts. In short, they are arguably preferable from the perspective of quality.

http://www.premierpainting.com.au/residentialEco friendly production
As well as the paint itself being better for the environment, the way that it is manufactured is too. Chemical based paint omits harmful fumes into the air in their production, and the level of toxic waste that is produced as a result is relatively high. There are far fewer byproducts produced in the manufacturing of water based paints, making them much more

Not toxic
Last and possibly most importantly, natural paints do not contain the same toxic chemicals as other products, which means that have much less of an adverse affect on people’s health. Traditionally, it has been seen to be dangerous to inhale paint fumes excessively, however because water based paints are free of benzene, naphthalene and other harmful chemicals, they do not have the same effect and are completely safe.

October 01, 2013

Is Your Home Due For a Repaint?

When your house starts to look a bit tatty and tired, it might be high time for a repaint. The exterior of your home is a defining feature that always needs careful maintenance, and a neglected house can be spotted a mile away. But what are the tell-tale signs that it’s time for a repaint?

Paint and Surface

When you first inspect your property, keep an eye out for any paint deterioration and weathered exterior walls. It is necessary to take into account the surface and the materials used in construction. Whether it is wood, stone, brick or modern cladding, paints effect different types of surfaces in different ways.

Softer materials such as wood or soft stone cladding can age the painted surface significantly. Weathering significantly deteriorates these surfaces, so if your property is constructed using any type of wood, it would be best to inspect these areas first, before continuing your inspection on all other surfaces.

                                                                                      Water Damage

When it comes to paint deterioration, there are several types to look out for. Water damage is a common sight, especially on soft surfaces and around drainage outlets and pipes. This kind of damage on its own is somewhat to be expected, especially in areas of high rainfall. These areas can be spruced up in no time at all, and only require a specialist primer paint to protect the surface underneath before repainting over the surface.


 Other Damage

Other types of damaged paint to be found is from mould, fungus and other external effects that have seeped into the structure, and may require a specialist contractor to seek out the initial problem, apply the right types of sealant paint, as well as protective covering paint, such as a latex-based paint before reapplying the top coat and bringing the damaged places back to its former glory.

Sunlight can also cause severe blistering and chipping of paint, which can be annoying as many houses have shaded areas by trees or other shrubbery, meaning the chipping and blistering effects sometimes only occur on the sun-facing walls. In these instances, you can apply thicker layers of undercoats, and protective latex-based paints to make sure that the chipping are reduced in the future and that the underlying materials are protected from sun, as well as the paint.

So when it comes to house painting, the signs are there to be found, and if you take the time to carry out a lengthy inspection to find out the problematic areas around your property, you can be ready to call in the paint professionals who have honed their expertise in house painting to protect your home from the elements, come rain or shine, your property will be brought back to its former glory, and ready to stand the test of time for the years to come.

August 30, 2013

Painting a Room in 4 Simple Steps


Specialising in interior and exterior house painting, our team knows all the tricks of the trade to ensure a perfect finish that lasts. You’re obviously going to get the best work if you hire the services of a Sydney painter. But if you have the time and you’re opting to complete the work yourself, there are a few steps you should keep in mind to make sure you get the job done as best you can.

1. Preparation

The importance of cleaning the ceiling and the walls of the room is something that cannot be understated. We recommend a thorough clean as this can actually be the difference between a satisfactory paint job and a great one. Sponge down the walls and ceiling with water and detergent to remove dust and dirt that has built up. Clean up the residue, put down the sheets and your ready to begin!

 2. Painting the Trim

In most cases, we suggest painting the trim before you get onto the ceiling and walls, simply because it’s much easier to tape off the trim than the walls. You want to use a two-inch brush to get a smooth finish on the molding, door and window frames, but don’t worry too much if you get paint on the walls for now. Afterwards, you’ll need to wait until the next day before the paint is dry, at which point you can tape it off and move onto the ceiling.

3. Rolling the Ceiling

As long as you painting the ceiling before you get to the walls, you’ll need to cut-in the perimeter of the ceiling with a paintbrush. A 3.5 inch cut-in is ideal. With the roller, paint in ‘W’ shapes applying the paint evenly and use roller strokes if excess paint is applied. Start in the corner and paint across the width of the ceiling.

4. Painting the Walls

Once the ceiling has dried, it’s time to get busy on the walls. If it’s a bedroom or living room, its best to go with low-sheen or flat acrylic paints for the best finish. Start at the edges with a brush, then grab a roller and paint in ‘M’ shapes about a metre below the ceiling applying even strokes. Then move down a metre below that for the next area and so in that fashion.

July 24, 2013

Healthy paint choices for commercial fit-outs

There are different reasons for an office fit out – upsizing, downsizing, maximising office space, moving, or just a simple makeover to give your premises a “fresher, cleaner, newer” feel.

However, downtime during a renovation can be costly to businesses and eat into budgets. 

Healthy paint choice for office interiors

 

Businesses could benefit from worker productivity by selecting low odor, low fume, low VOC or VOC free paints on their next refurbishment project.

How are low VOC and VOC free paints different from traditional paints?

 

VOCs are the chemical vapors paint releases at room temperature. Using low VOC paints enables workers to occupy the newly painted room or premises sooner due to lower odors. Traditional paint continue to release VOC fumes as they cure, therefore by choosing more sustainable products, such as natural paints or low-VOC paints it reduces the downtime workers experience whilst their office needs time to air.

 

What benefits can businesses gain from using Low VOC or VOC free paint on their interior offices?

 

Evidence from a recent study by Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, reveals a 90% decrease in employee ill-health, such as asthma.

A sustainable option offers long-term operational savings and evidence shows working in a sustainable workplace can improve employee well-being and productivity.

Premier Painting Company can assist with delivering a professional finish to your office fit-out on time and on budget.