Painting a plaster wall
Dirk is painting his mums bathroom … it’s a small job as the room is only 3m x 3m and half of the area is tiled. We got there as he was doing the last coat on the plaster walls.
He is working with the Easi-Paint DIY Home Decorator kit … it is very economical with paint usage … the system only uses half the amount of water based paint that ordinary brushes or rollers do … quick and easy application … and it has a loading system that measures the right amount of paint to from the tray to the brush. Great coverage and there’s no mess to clean up at the end of the job.
He’s using is a Bristol low sheen acrylic paint and working with the Multi-purpose pads.
The cutting in was done with the mini brush … always do the hard jobs first as the project you’re working on then gets easier as you go. With this little brush you simply make sure that the guard you’re working with is free of wet paint … the guard sits against the surface you don’t want to paint and protects it and the paint pad in the mini brush gets right up to the very edge.
Don’t use any pressure … a light touch is the key to a good job … you only work with the weight of the brush itself on the surface that you’re painting.
Too much pressure will squeeze the paint out of the paint pad and make a blotchy mess.
On the large areas Dirk is working with the large brush and he’s using the large paint tray.
To make sure he keeps his clean line around the trim work Dirk has cleaned the wet paint from the protective guard of the large brush … these guards butts up against the architrave … under the cornice … and against the edge of the tiles where they meet the wall.
The guards on the large brush keep you 2mm away from the surface so the paint you’re applying blends into to the edging that’s already been done for a totally seamless finish.
The walls are easy … load the brush using the loading system in the paint tray … apply the paint to the surface … Dirk is doing about 1 square metre at a time … and he’s only using very light pressure.
It doesn’t matter how you apply the paint … you can work in any direction to get it on initially … what’s important on a flat surface is to always go back over the work while the paint is still wet and lightly … with just the weight of the brush … lay it off in one direction to even it out and get a smooth professional finish.
Move along the wall to the next section … repeat the action … and the job is finished in no time at all.
The pale shade of yellow works really well … it’s light enough to keep the room feeling spacious … the hint of colour feels warm and sunny … and it delineates the white trim work and the white tiles.
Time taken – 44 minutes
7 minutes – 1st coat
7 minutes – top coat
30 minutes drying time between coats
Cost of the job
$ 95.00 Easi-Paint Home Decorators kit (reusable)
– 1 large paint tray with loading roller
– 1 small paint tray with loading roller
– 1 large brush with Multi-purpose pad
– 1 medium brush with Multi-purpose pad
– 1 mini brush with Multi-purpose pad
– 1 removable ceiling & high wall extension clip
$ 22.00 – 1 litre of low sheen acrylic paint ( still got some left )
Dirk only used part of the Easi-Paint kit for this job … he has a lot of work ahead of him and as the kit and the pads are fully reusable … he will get loads of use out of them.