GETTING STARTED

Protecting from Paint

Painting can be a messy job. In order to protect surfaces and items from being ruined by the paint, be sure to:

Protect your plants and shrubs with a drop sheet.
Remove door knobs, handles and other decorative accessories from doors and windows, in order to prevent damage due to paint spillage.
Remove light fixtures or protect them with masking tape.

Preparing the Surfaces You Wish to Paint
It is essential that you prepare your surfaces correctly before you begin painting - this will enhance the longevity of the paint. Each Medal Paints product comes with a comprehensive set of instructions on the packaging detailing how to prepare the surfaces so be sure to spend some time looking at them before you start.

You will need to remove the dust on the walls thoroughly using a dry cloth. If the walls are very dirty they can be washed, sugar soap is an excellent product to use, remember, they must be fully dried before you can start painting.

It is preferable to buy all the paint you need at one time and in the largest possible pack size for convenience and to reduce the chances of slight colour variations between batches.

Use our Paint Calculator to estimate the amount of paint you will need in order to complete your project.

APPLYING PAINT

Brush Application
Painting with a brush is the oldest method of application especially when painting large complex surfaces.

Painting with a brush helps to assist in the penetration of the paint. Wastage of the paint is relatively low. Using a brush can give you more versatility especially if you are doing decorative work.

Best quality paint brushes are made up of hog bristles. The important features of these bristles are that they taper from the roof to the tip where it is split into two or more fine strands known as flag, which enables a high degree of finish.
In cheaper brushes a proportion of other animal hair or vegetable fibres are used. Brushes made up of nylon bristles are also available. These are superior to pure bristles in their resistance to wear, but are smooth and non-absorbent. Hence they carry less paint and display less run off than other brushes.A brush of suitable size for the work in hand should always be selected. Using a small brush on a large area makes it difficult to apply an even coating and slows down the pace of work while using a large brush on a narrow area makes accurate "cutting in" impossible.

Use and Maintenance of Brushes
In a new paint brush, bristles hold dust and broken bristles must be washed out before using the brush to get a great finish. Soap water can effectively be used to wash out new brushes.

A paint brush works best when it is 'broken in' that is, when it has acquired a level at the end of bristles.

Brushing Technique
- Paint a small area at a time, to facilitate the distribution of paint without loss of time - brush marks are inevitable if you do not.
- The pressure of the brush must be equal for all strokes so that the paint easily penetrates the surface.
- To ensure the leveling and elimination of brush marks, use less pressure.

Roller Application
At present hand rolling is done mainly for decorative and maintenance paintings - roller coating application is mostly used on broad plain surfaces.

The covering material for the roller may be plastic sponge although mohair is the best. When equipped with a long handle extension, the roller may be used for roof painting and to reach other inaccessible areas.

Roller Techniques
For large areas it is more convenient to work with a tray than a bucket.

A reservoir at the end of the tray holds the paint. After charging the roller, it is rolled out on the platform of the tray. In use, the roller is rolled over the surface in criss-cross strokes, working the material out evenly.

Paints normally used for brushing can be hand-rolled.

Browse our section on Paint Accessories in order to find what you'll need to ensure that your vision of a transformed living space becomes a reality.

CLEAN UP TIPS

Clean Up Paint Tips
As we all know - painting is harder than it looks. There are inevitably going to be a few spills and slips of the brush along the way. Cleaning of paint drips on flooring and other substrates is tedious work as it involves a good amount of time and care to clean up after any accidents.

Cleaning Paint - The best way to Clean Paint Up
Drips Care should be always taken that any paint fallen on the floor should be immediately wiped. Articles like fans, chandeliers, cupboards, centre tables, beds, chairs, etc. should always be covered with plastic sheet to avoid having to clean them at a later stage.

Here are some tips for cleaning of various types of paint drips on different surfaces:

Cleaning Water Based Paints
Interior as well as exterior including water based luxury enamel and primers:

Wet condition: Immediately wash with cold water and wipe with clean cloth.
Dried condition: First, the drip should be soaked with water or diluted dish washing liquid. The film should be scrapped by a suitable scraper. While scratching, care should be taken not to damage the value and appearance of the surface, especially in case of wooden, marble or metal.
Cleaning Solvent Based Paints
Enamels, interior wall paints like lustre or matt, all primers, knifing paste filler:

Wet condition: Immediately wash with mineral turpentine oil and wipe with clean cloth.
Dried condition: The drip should be soaked with mineral turpentine. Following that scratch the film with a suitable scraper. While scratching, care should be taken not to damage the value and appearance of the surface, especially in case of wooden, marble or valuable metal articles or surfaces. Then the area should be wiped with water or diluted detergent solution and dried.
Once you've painted your surfaces you'll need to do a few more things in order to enhance the longevity of your freshly painted surface. Read our Paint Aftercare tips for more.

PAINT AFTERCARE

Paint Aftercare Tips
Some simple precautions and small steps can help make sure that your walls keep looking new for a far longer time.

- Cleaning can be done 2 weeks after the application of the final coat for removing the dust collected on the surface.
- Every month keep a day aside to clean the walls. Use a sponge and mild soap solution and lightly scrub the areas that have stains. Heavy scrubbing may result in permanent damage to paint film.
- In case there is an incidence of severe staining (like spilled food) clean the walls immediately before the stain dries up.
- Children's rooms are likely to get dirty far more quickly than the rest of the house. It is advisable to get a single coat of paint done every two years or so. However one must ensure a mild sanding of the surface prior to painting to make the surface conducive for fresh paint application.
- Check your walls periodically for signs of paint flaking or peeling. This could be the first signs of water seepage or rising damp problems. The moment you notice such problems get a contractor to look at the problem area. If the problem is only occurs in specific areas and the source of water seepage / damp is detected, have it rectified immediately to prevent further water seepage. This might mean repainting of one or two walls. Ignoring the problem however will aggravate the matter and will turn out to be much more expensive later.
- The enamel paint on the doors and windows exposed to sunlight loses its gloss over time. It is a good practice to apply a single coat every two years to keep them looking fresh. However one must ensure a mild sanding of the surface prior to painting to make the surface conducive for fresh paint application.
- Keep your home looking the way you dreamed it would by taking good care of your surfaces.