Wednesday July 9 2014

Change the paint on your wall

By Juliet kigongo

Well, worry no more becauseYour house is your biggest asset, so when it starting to look a little shabby or messy and painting it has moved to your must-do list, don’t be afraid of the viewpoint worrying about paying the painter because you can do it yourself.

According to Charles Opio, a painter in the maintenance department at Watoto church, you can repaint your house without the help of a painter. He however, says that before you try to repaint, you need to establish the reason as to why the old paint was peeling off.

He explains that one of the major causes as to why paint peels off is because you used a wrong type of paint. “Some painters use water based paint or oil based paint in wrong areas of a house.” Opio notes that most of the affected areas are the ones where cement is used because cement tends to expand and in the process, the paint either peels or breaks off.

He therefore advises that whatever the cause, to paint your messy wall, you need materials like a paint scraper, paint pail, masking tape, spackling paste, long handled brush, broad putty knife, brush comb and a stepping ladder.

1. Prepare material
Depending on the portion you are going to paint, collect your material and put it in one place. You will need a brush, a roller, a basin or bucket, your tin of paint, a scraper, masking tape, water or thinner, a broom and sand paper. This will enable you mix your material without having to run around.

2. Clean the walls
In case the wall has oil paint, remove dust, dirt and grease from the wall by pouring water and then use a putty knife to scrape away loose paint.
If it has water paint, use sand paper to remove the old paint and then sweep the dirty off using a broom. This will create a smooth place for the paint.

3. Fill the holes on the wall
Use spackling paste and a scraper to fill nail holes and small imperfections in the walls. This will create a leveled layer when you are applying paint.

4. Place masking tape
Place masking tape on the wall to mark the boundary of the paint.

5. Start painting
Mix the paint in either a bucket or a basin. If its water based paint, use water to mix it. If it is oil based paint, use water and thinner to mix it. Thinner will give the paint a glossy look when it gets dry. After mixing the paint, you can start painting the wall.

Use a roller for the parts that are high and for the corners, you will need to climb on a ladder and use a brush to paint the corners.
If you choose to paint a section horizontally, you will need to follow that pattern because when you try changing to a vertical pattern, the paint job will not look nice.

6. Remove masking tape
After you have painted remove the masking tape immediately before the paint dries because when it dries, the masking peels off some of the paint. After, use water to wash the brush if you were using water based paint.
You can also use water to wash a brush that was used in oil based paint. However, if it stays overnight, you will need to use paraffin to wash it.