Monday, 13 July 2015

Winter is the Perfect Time for Interior Painting

Traditionally it has always been said that it is a bad idea to paint your house in the winter time, concerns over whether the paint will dry, how long the drying process will take and of course anxiety over any harmful fumes being trapped inside because of closed doors, windows and poor ventilation have made people wary of painting in winter.

However modern paints and painting practices are now challenging these preconceived ideas, with higher quality paints containing fewer harmful chemicals and the affordability of de-humidifiers to rent or purchase, these worries are a thing of the past.

Some may think that interior painting may not work during the cold season and are worried about complications due to the low temperature, but in reality the weather only really effects exterior painting because cold, wet weather makes exterior work almost impossible to complete. When it comes to the best season to paint, our past experience at Priority One Coatings says that clients usually chose winter season  for their interior painting projects. 

Temperature and humidity are the primary factors that effect how well your paint is going to adhere to the walls being painted. Compared to warmer months, the humidity is usually lower in winter which helps the paint to dry faster. If you can start your painting early enough in the cooler season, you will get your painting done very quickly. 

If you’re feeling the lack of daylight hours this winter and the shorter days are getting you down, you may want to brighten up your home by giving your place a fresh coat of paint. A little bit of effort can give you the lift you need to get through winter and make you happy throughout the rest of the year! 

Painting interiors in the winter can actually be a fun task if you want to tackle the job yourself, but many home-owners may find it too time consuming and too big a work load to deal with. If you’re thinking of a fresh coat of paint but don’t want to DIY, an experienced painting contractor can help to get the job done easily even in winter.

You need not to wait for the summer to call us. Painting in autumn and winter can bring real and visible benefits to you. Save your time and money and give your home a fresh new look. 

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Choosing the Right Paint Color for your Home

Choosing the right color to paint the interior or exterior of you house can often seem impossible, with so many colors, shades and brands on offer, picking the best fit for your home will be very important in both the long and short term. There are several factors to take into account before making your final selection which are important to think about before moving forward with your color.

The main fear that people have is picking the wrong color and having to repaint everything all over again. At Priority One Coatings, we have worked with many clients who have faced this problem and have found that by outlining some of the elements that will affect the way your paint looks can easily solve this problem. To help you avoid some of the biggest pitfalls of repainting, below is a list of key points to keep in mind :


The different lighting you have in your home can vastly effect the way your paint looks on your walls. Bright red walls could look fantastic in natural sunlight but can feel claustrophobic with a dimmer lamp or ceiling light, conversely a fantastic gray colour could end up too dark in an already dim room. To properly select the correct colour, bring a swatch into the room and see how it looks with the lighting there. 


It’s important to have a coherent look and feel to your house, rather than feeling like one room after another has a completely different mood. Consider how your paint will work with the other rooms of your house - how will it integrate with the colour scheme you have already implemented in other rooms.


A big mistake people sometimes make is to not consider what kind and colour of furniture will be in your room. Furniture is a huge part of creating the feeling of a room. If you have big, dark pieces of furniture it’s often a good idea to opt for a light wall colour which will give the room more light and make it look more spacious.


Everyone knows that white walls will create a feeling of more space and darker colours will give you the feeling of being in a smaller, enclosed space, but it’s also important to think about how the various other colours will make your room feel. Reds and pinks will lend warmth to the room while blues will give a calm, cool feeling. Greens are said to give a feeling of tranquility and health while purples are relaxing and yellows are energising.

Regardless of the colour and shade you end up settling on for your walls if you keep these factors in mind you are much more likely to end up with something that you love. It’s always a great idea to swatch a little bit of the colour on your wall and live with it for a time before you finally go ahead and paint the whole room, and when in doubt, you can of course hire a professional who will be glad to guide you through the color selection process.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Safe Paint for Your Child at Home

Our family’s safety is always at the forefront of our minds, and when it comes to painting our homes their health and wellbeing can play a part in helping you decide how to paint your home and what to paint it with. It is important to be aware about some of the important factors that may be overlooked when planning to freshen up your home.

Paint quality is a big concern if you have children in your house. Bad quality paints can be harmful and can prove to be allergenic. We have already discussed  about the dangers involved in lead painting in our August, 2013 blog post. However, the good news is you can find some really great premium paints that are safe, without sacrificing the look and colour of your home.This article have insane detail about safe painting.So keep reading.

Eco Friendly Painting



In the past eco-friendly paints were a very small market, with only a couple of suppliers offering paints that could be comparable to conventional paints in their colour and quality. Luckily, many big brands opting to create more eco-friendly options now a days.

Eco-friendly paints are many and varied at present, with companies like Farrow and Ball converting their whole paint range to a water based formula to reduce the solvents in their products. These paints contain many natural ingredients like clay and linseed oil along with natural pigments for colour.




VOCs or ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ are some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint. VOCs are carbon containing compounds that are unstable enough to readily vaporize into the air around you. These chemicals include toluene, xylene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methylene chloride and glycol. When combined with other elements in the air they produce ozone which causes air pollution and, when inhaled, severe health issues.

Long term exposure to some VOCs have been linked to cancer, kidney and liver damage and have been known to effect eyes and lungs and cause headaches and nausea. VOCs have also been strongly linked to irritating respiratory problems such as asthma and allergies in children. The good news is paint companies are now producing low and zero VOC paints to eliminate these harmful compounds from the painting process.

Lead Free



When painting your home you don’t just have to think about the new paint, you should also consider the paint that is already on your walls. If you have an old house or garage that hasn’t been painted recently, it is very possible that the last coat of paint it got contained lead. Removal of lead paint should be left to a professional who has all the right equipment and procedures in place.

If you have any old peeling paint it could pose a significant health risk to your family and you should not ignore the need to deal with it. If you have small children who may ingest chips or if you are performing home improvement works which include scraping, sanding or burning you should be particularly wary of the dangers and call a professional to test for lead and remove any hazardous material.

Because of these dangers, it can often be in your best interest to speak with a professional painter about any painting you are about to do. Priority One Coatings has a strong foundation in the industry and many years’ experience. We specialize in lead removal and offer a number of different paint formulation options. We are here to discuss how best to provide a safe environment for you and your family.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

The Negative Effects of DIY Painting Projects

We all love to do a spot of DIY, it helps us turn a house into a home that the family has played a part in creating. DIY can help give your home a personalized touch and make it a much more comfortable place to live in.We have already discussed about DIY projects in our previous house painting tips post.

However there are perils of decorating and some nasty substances to look out for. In most of these cases, only a professional will know how to handle them, so keep your eye out for some of these nasty jobs that all DIYers should avoid.

Lead Removal


In many older homes, lead has been used in the construction to strengthen different parts of the houses structure. With the majority of lead found in roofing and piping, it is important that this substance is removed carefully and professionally as it can cause nasty side effects, even from just touching it.

Lead poisoning is the lethal outcome of being exposed to large quantities of lead in and around the home. Lead was once used in certain paints so if you suspect the under layers of your walls to be painted with lead paint, always wear a mask and consult a professional painting company like Priority One Coatings who will be able to steer you in the right direction.

Asbestos Removal


Thankfully, the majority of people now know that asbestos can be a nasty substance that can cause all manner of horrible physical issues if not handled with care. If you find that you have asbestos in your home, don’t just rip it out, call a professional who will be able to talk with you about its removal and replacement with a much safer substance.

A professional will have all of the right safety gear to handle asbestos, as well as the correct training in handling and disposal of the substance. Take care and precautions when dealing with asbestos, and if you have any doubts as to what you are handling, call a professional.

Preparing the Substrate for Painting



Depending on the material used as a substrate, you could do more damage than good if you do not fully prepare it for painting. Specialist paints are used for undercoats when painting over various different materials, so check which is the ideal paint before you start.

Priority One Coatings will be able to steer you in the right direction when it comes to substrate preparation, so you can rest easy that your little DIY project can get underway without issue.

Proper Preparation Work



Whilst you may want to just cover those walls in your favourite hue of paint, if you don’t take the correct preparation work into account, you may end up wasting time as well as money. Preparation work starts the moment you plan to paint or decorate your room, from removing wallpaper and old paint, to layering undercoats and choosing the right type of paint.

Call in a pro if you have any concerns or questions relating to preparation work, take everything into consideration and use your budget wisely to ensure that your new coat of paint lasts, protects the walls and most importantly, looks fabulous!

Get Help Picking a Colour



Whilst choosing a colour may seem like a personal touch only you can truly decide, it may be worth the effort to get help picking a colour scheme for your home’s exterior paint, as well as your interior designs. Choosing the right colour can make or break the room you are decorating.

Many people choose the wrong shade of colour for their walls that can have some negative effects on how the room looks. Darker shades will make the room look smaller, whilst lighter colours will make the corners of the room disappear and help the room appear larger and brighter.

Save Time and Money

Saving time and money is one of the big goals for any DIY project, so ensuring that you have a decent budget, a manageable project and the right sense of style to make it look great will set you well on your way. Many people hire a professional painter’s service such as Priority One Coatings to ensure that their decoration projects goes without a hitch.

Hiring a professional will ensure that you get that professional finish you’ve always wanted every time. Often if you calculate the effort, time and work hours put in, a professional painting company may offer you a cheaper option that to do it yourself.

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Advanced House Painting Tips to Paint Like a Pro

Bringing a whole new look to a room is easier than ever these days, thanks to the many retail outlets offering a cornucopia of supplies for DIY fans. From building sofas and creating art installations from recovered materials, many people overlook the skills necessary and the results that can be achieved using pro techniques to paint a room and bring an entirely different aspect to your home’s ambiance.

To paint like a pro, one has to understand the varied techniques, step by step and to understand the reasons behind why the professionals use a particular type of paint, a special painting method or even the way to judge how much paint will be needed. If you are a regular reader of our blog then you might be aware that in our previous post about step-by-step interior house painting we published insane detail about this subject .In addition to that, today we will talk about some more advanced house painting tips which we bet that will be very helpful for your DIY house painting projects.At Priority One Coatings we are not only passionate about our painting job but also wish to help people who love to do the painting jobs themselves.Keep in mind that Inspiration is always the first step in DIY, so with a little research, you can be well on your way to advancing your DIY skills.

Bright, Bold or Neutral Color Scheme? 


An important aspect of painting is choosing the colors. Whilst color preference is an individual preference, it should be noted that you should first take time to look at the overall ambiance of your room. Judge how much light comes into the room, decide whether a darker room needs brightening, or a room with lots of light can be toned down to make it more comfortable.

Choosing neutral colors is always a good idea if you plan to sell or rent your house, because neutral colors tend to go very well with just about any type of furniture or interior decoration. Neutral colors are also a great choice if you and your loved one cannot make your mind up about the colors scheme!

Now it is time to budget for your paint, based on how much paint you will need for your room. Choosing the type of paint is an important aspect in painting a room, not just for the colors, but also the type of finish and how that can have an impact on the longevity and quality of the finish.

Interior Paint is Usually Placed in Several Different Categories, as Follows:

  • Matte Paint
  • Matte Enamel
  • Satin
  • Eggshell
  • Gloss
  • Semi-Gloss
The most common paint for use on interior walls is Matte paint. Matte paint gives a great clean finish with no shine or sheen which makes it a perfect paint to use on walls and ceilings or to cover a large surface area. Usually needing more than one coat to get a perfect finish for certain colors, it is easy to apply with a brush or roller and can hide small imperfections on walls.

Matt Enamel paint is very similar to Matte paint though it is a lot more durable in nature. This makes it perfect for applications in children’s bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms where it doesn’t succumb to damage such as hot environments and steam unlike other paints.

Gloss paint is also a popular type of paint finish that is used for many different applications and areas. It has a highly shiny finish, and because of that may show up more imperfections than regular matte finish paint would.

Use a Paint that is Designed for the Surface you are Painting



Other types of paint may be of preferred use in applications such as on woodwork, metalwork or very delicate painting of small areas, due to their ability to show up imperfections, repair works and uneven surfaces when used for internal walls.

Before you apply the paint of your choice, make sure you prepare the surface to accept the paint. This involves using sandpaper, scrapers and other sanding implements to remove any rough surfaces and fill in the cracks and holes with plaster.

Protect your Valuables



Although we talked about this in our previous post, but because of the importance of the subject we remind you again to cover all the valuable stuffs before you start painting.Ensure that your room is empty of items that you wish to keep safe from any paint drips and speckles and move the larger items into the center of the room.

Use masking tape or wide paint protection tape around light switches, wall sockets and television sockets around your room. Take some time here, as it will leave a finish that is worthy of the best professional painters – it’s all about the finished look!

Pro Tips for Getting the Best Finish


 A professional painter will tint the primer coat paint with the color that will be used for the second coat. This serves multiple purposes, such as enhancing the overall smoothness of the finish, as well as giving the overcoat a great surface to stick to.

Many pro house painting tips for those who enjoy DIY make it easier for people to do the work of a professional. Many people may not have access to a large scale safety ladder and scaffold set, so turning to a paint roller extender is the next best thing, and something nearly all professionals use on an everyday basis.

Always have a set of fine brushes on hand to finish up your paintwork, including brushes for intricate woodwork and paneling if you have it. A brush works best around those hard to reach areas that rollers just cannot get to, and offer a simple solution for a great result.

Stand Back, Let it Dry and Enjoy!

Typically, a room will take roughly 8 to 16 hours, depending on room temperature and the type of paint used. You should always wait at least 16 hours before applying a second coat, and ensure that the room is not too hot or too cold before leaving to dry.

After you have done your DIY house painting work, stand back and enjoy the benefits of all of that labor. It was hard work, took several hours but you got there in the end. The perfect professional finish paint job, on-budget and finished over a single weekend!

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