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Our Painting Tips

Some of you may decide that you would like to tackle your painting project on your own. If that is the case, here are some tips to help make sure that your project is both fun and a success! Remember, if you start your project and then realize that you would prefer to have some assistance, give us a call at 613-806-6628 or email us at and we will be more than happy to help.

  1. Different Paints Offer Different Benefits – Make sure that you are using the right paint for the job. If you want a softer finish in a low traffic area, use an eggshell finish. In the kitchen or bathroom, use the semi-gloss or other paint products specifically designated for those areas. Realize that you typically get what you pay for. If you buy the cheapest paint available, you will probably need to use more coats to create the finish that you like. You also run the risk of having the paint have a shorter lifespan. We are not suggesting that you splurge on the greatest can of paint out there, but don’t buy coloured water either! Don’t be afraid to ask the paint technicians in the store – it is their job to help you.
  2. Primer is Your Friend – If you have to repair the surface that you will be painting, use a coat of primer first – no matter how small the repair. One of the most common mistakes that we see people make is not using a primer when they only do a couple of small repairs.. Inevitably what happens is that repaired areas will have the paint adhere just a little bit less; those areas will be susceptible to early wear and tear that could be avoided by taking the time to use primer.
  3. Prepare Your Surface – If you notice that your painting surface has dust, chemicals or other imperfections, take the time to prepare it by sanding it down and/or cleaning. Remember, once the surface is sanded down and the previous coat of paint is removed, Primer Is Your Friend!
  4. Two Coats – Always do two coats. We have come across a lot of projects where the wall is given a “good one coat”. The finish just isn’t the same. The first coat is to get a good base on the wall without worrying about technique and final appearance. The second coat is there to work on the finish – that’s why we call it the “finishing coat”.
  5. Small Room Needs Light – If you are painting a small room, make sure that you choose a light colour palate. The light colour will make the room feel a lot bigger than it is. You will be amazed at the tricks our eyes can play on us!