Tips for Painting Your Little One’s Nursery Room

Painting your baby’s nursery room is an important part of preparing to become a parent. In fact, the process is called ‘nesting’ and it can help you to bond with your baby long before their arrival. Getting creative and having fun is a great way to approach this, but here are some important tips that might help to guide you along the way.

A Strong Finish is a Great Start

Paint comes in a variety of finishes which can make the painting process that much more confusing. Matte looks amazing and bespoke, but the practicalities of having it in a nursery room may sway your decision. Matte is not an easy surface to wipe and may mean you have to touch up the paint job regularly. An eggshell finish has the least amount of sheen after matte, with a surface that can be easily wiped.

Go Green

No, we don’t mean go green in colour – unless you want to, in which case, we are all for the vibrancy! Going green means selecting paints with fewer to no toxic compounds so that your baby is in the safest environment possible, while you are helping the environment at large too. To do this, look for paints that have no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which emit little to no toxic solvents. To be on the (even) safer side, make sure that the room has plenty of time to aerate before your little one is brought to their new sanctuary.

Colour

Speaking of colour, this is where it gets really fun! Start by picking a theme that you like and choosing colours which can bring out the best elements of that theme. Painting test patches on the wall is a great way to see which colours will work best in the particular space. There are really no rules here, but be mindful of whether or not you want something bold and bright or a more neutral palette that can work well with other elements of the nursery. The most important thing? Having fun…

The Best Paint for You and Your Baby

If you are a bona fide DIY guru, then sourcing quality paint with no organic compounds should be one of your top priorities. If you are not so DIY savvy, you can never go wrong with a professional paint job from a reputable paint store. The team at Paint Doctor can provide you with both and ensure that your little one has an amazing space to come home to. Contact their team or visit their website for more information.

Time to Repaint?

The durability of paint varies based on the quality of paint, the efficiency of the paint job itself as well as the climate and location that you are situated in. Coastal homes, for example, may needed to be repainted more regularly as the exterior is more frequently exposed to sand, wind, salty air and sun. Paint likes to tell stories, so look out for these signs that a new paint job is in order;

Faded Paint

Also known as photodegradation, recurrent exposure to the elements (particularly UV light stemming from the sun) changes the composition of the pigments in the paint. Those changes result in a decreased vibrancy and colour intensity. Often, areas that deal with more intense exposure are affected worse than other areas, which makes for an unsightly comparison. If you see faded areas or an overall fade and loss of colour intensity, it is definitely time to repaint those walls!

Blistering Paint

Blistering paint occurs when the top layer of paint separates from the coatings underneath it. Moisture is normally the culprit, so surfaces need to be dried and prepared accordingly to prevent bubbling. Without the necessary precautions having been taken, any paint finish has the capacity to blister and create bubbles.

Latex and acrylic paint are particularly prone to this, so it is important to have the paint job done professionally and to source paint from reputable paint manufacturers – particularly in a place like Johannesburg where we get frequent bouts of rain in the Summer season.

Chalky Paint

UV light is the usual suspect again for paint that is emanating a chalky residue. The UV rays weaken the binders in the paint, leaving pockets for the pigment to escape. Sometimes, the binders react when in contact with oxygen which results in a response known as oxidation. Oxidation has the same effect on paint that the UV rays do.

The Ticking of Time

All paint jobs need to be redone once the decay of time has struck. With that being said, quality paint and a vast understanding of its application goes a long way to lengthen the distance between maintenance periods. If it’s time to repaint, make it look better and last longer by contacting the team at Paint Doctor, or visiting their website for more information.

2019’s Best Décor Paint Colours

Whether you’re considering making a change in the interior or the exterior of your home, a new paint colour has the potential to transform your space into everything you were dreaming of, or a manifestation of your worst nightmare in reality. Choosing a colour can be daunting, but this list describes 2019’s most popular decor colours and what they can do for your design.

Forest Green

Bringing a hint of nature into your space, combined with a kind of lavishness that is difficult to describe will be sure to leave you smiling, especially if you have opted for this colour in your bedroom or living room, where it is sure to perform its best. It gets even better – this colour can be paired with such a variety of other colours that making your space uniquely yours will prove to be no challenge at all.

Yellow

It’s a bold move, but that is exactly why you would choose it. Brighten up a bedroom, living room, bathroom or even laundry room with an inspiring yellow that brings cheer to any wall it adorns. Pair bright yellow with bold, geometric patterns and furniture pieces of solid colour that contrast and add balance to the look.

Grey

Grey doesn’t represent dull and dreary. Instead, this wonderful shade can be used externally for a classic and contemporary look to your home, or in the interior to add an element of class and sophistication to any space. This year, colour-hybrids such as grey-lilac are creating exploratory variations to enjoy whilst maintaining subtlety for those who prefer understated design.

Looking for Paint?

If you’ve been inspired to change the interior or exterior of your home, finding quality paint should be a top priority. Paint Doctor has a wide range of colours and solutions that come in quality finishes that you can rely on. Contact them or visit their website for more information.

Harness the Power of Paint

If routine is getting you down and the need for change has put you one step away from yet another impromptu trip to the salon that you may regret, we have a much better idea for you – save your hair, paint your walls!

 

Choosing the Right Colour

Whilst choosing a colour for your walls is largely influenced by personal taste, a great place to start is to consider how you would like to end – what kind of results are you hoping for? To give the illusion of more space, lighter colours are a fantastic option, whilst making a room look cosier involves selecting darker shades.

 

If the latest trends inspire you, rumour has it that Night Watch Green is one of 2019’s most sought after shades for interior bliss – you’re welcome!

 

Texture? Character? Depth? It’s All in the Technique.

Rag rolling, colour washing, stencilling, streaking, creating an ombrè effect or having fun with geometric designs are all painting techniques just waiting to bring some excitement to your space. Consider the themes you want your space to encompass, grab your creative license and find a paint manufacturer who can provide you with the high quality supplies needed to make your décor dreams come true.

Finishing Strong

There are five paint finishes to consider when selecting paint for your walls. High gloss offers a shinier surface and higher resilience that is great for bathrooms and kitchens. An eggshell finish provides a more matte-based look, well-suited for lounges and dining rooms while the go to in-between finishes that will offer the best of both worlds include satin and semi-gloss.

 

D.I.Y Shy?

Bona fide DIY expert? Go forth and create! For the rest of us, if the ‘do it yourself’ approach is enough to send you into a frenzy, there are skilful paint experts out there just waiting to be hired.  For paint supplies or help wit

The Importance of Exterior Painting

Year after year, the seasons change, and your homes exterior surfaces are exposed to its worse enemies; moisture and sunlight. These two elements will continue to cost money if you do not have a preventative maintenance plan in place.

The problem with moisture and sunlight is that when a surface is painted, the paint film is resistant to water contact from dew and rain. The problem occurs when moisture gets in between the pain film and the surface. The pain film then weakens and it loses its gloss. The cold of winter and heat of summer will make the wall surfaces expand and contract. A quality paint film is going to withstand these changes in in temperature because of its flexibility properties.

Below are some of the most common problems that arise on the exterior of your home:

Alligatoring

Alligatoring is patterned cracking in the paint film which resembles the scales of an alligator.

Blistering

Blistering are bubbles that result from localized loss of adhesion and the lifting of paint film from the underlying surface.

Chalking

Chalking is the formation of very fine powder on the surface of paint film during the weathering process, this can cause color fading as well.

Flaking / Cracking

Flaking or cracking is when the dry paint film splits through at least one coat, this will lead to the complete failure of the paint.

Efflorescence

Efflorescence is often seen as a white fluffy deposit of salty crystals on any cementitious walls. It will also depend on the presence of moisture and salt.

Fading

Fading refers to the excessive or premature fading of the paint color, it will often occur on the exterior surfaces that face western and southern exposures.

Algae and Mildew

Algae and mildew are gray, black or brown areas or spots that are found on the paint film or caulk bead.

Peeling

Peeling is when the coating or paint lifts from the surface because of poor adhesion. This may involve one or more coats.

Tannin Staining

Tannin staining is a tan or brownish discoloration that appears on the paint surface because of the wood tannins migrating from the substrate through the paint film.

Water Based Paint Problems&Solutions Pt3 – Bagging, Blistering and Bubbles.

You like eating Aero chocolates? We do to. But bubbles are meant to be kept for chocolates, and should not be on your walls. Here’s what to do if you find bubbles on your walls..

What is Bagging/Blistering?

‘Bagging’ or ‘blistering’ refers to bag shaped blisters on your wall, that are filled with water or other liquid. If they are not intact, they are dried out and perished and flaking. These blisters can range anywhere from 0.5cm to 1m in diameter.

What causes bagging/blistering?

Basically, blistering happens when the top coat of paint parts ways with the coats beneath it. The top coat can even take away multiple underlying coats of paint with it, like a paint stripper. This process is very difficult to predict, and it may happen over the course of a couple of months, or suddenly. Blistering, happens because;

  • Too much moisture, has entered or is entering at the back of the paint film.
  • The masonry structure has not dried – and you have painted on it.
  • the moisture or ‘vapor’ barriers related to the structure, have been designed poorly.
  • An uncleaned wall has been primed or painted on – Presence of oil and grease, like that found on kitchen walls, can prevent the paint from bonding with the surface being painted. (for outside walls exclusively Paint Doctor has a wonderful article on this called ‘Importance of High Pressure Washing’.
  • Painting just before or after it rains. This can be just as dangerous as painting on a wet wall. Humid days can lead to water filled blisters.
  • Using a latex based paint to repaint a surface that is covered in oil based paint. Mixing types of primer and paint on the same wall can lead to problems, especially on exteriors. Heat causes surfaces to expand, and latex and oil paints behave differently in that situation. Ultimately, the latex may take the oil clean off the wall.
  • A suitable primer has not been used. Primers prepare the surface to be painted on, grooming the surface to accept a good and steady bond. Though some paints will bond to surfaces without a primer, good primers can prevent bubbles from forming if the paint being used is not compatible with the surface.
  • Painting when it’s too hot – above 27 C. In hot weather, the upper stratum of paint may dries quickly, which traps and vaporizes the paint’s solvents. The solvents in turn create bubbles.

Although blistering can occur with just about any kind of fresh paint finish, latex and acrylic paints are often more prone to this problem. They can happen on interior or exterior surfaces, and they’re more likely to arise when preventive measures haven’t been taken.

How to Remove Bagging/blistering

So, although you’ll need new materials to remove the bubbles, you’ll need entirely the same ones you used before to repaint the surface – this is a ‘duh’ moment. To get started, you’ll need a putty knife or paint scraper, sandpaper, cleaner, a couple rags, joint compound and primer.

Then you charge right at it:

  1. Use the paint scraper or putty knife to scrape the paint bubbles off the wall.
  2. Sand down the area where the bubbles used to be until the area is smooth and the division between the paint and the wall is seamless.
  3. Clean the area that you scraped and sanded, removing any grease or dust from the wall.
  4. Use a joint compound to fill in any pits in the wall.
  5. Sand the joint compound to make the surface smooth.
  6. Re-clean after sanding to ensure that dust from the sanding is wiped away.
  7. Prime area that was just scraped and sanded. Wait for the primer to dry.
  8. Paint the area that was just primed.
  9. Wait for the paint to dry, then apply a second coat.

 

Remember, all of this means nothing if you do not locate the point of moisture ingress, and rectify it. If you cannot rectify the moisture source, a high quality PVC topcoat may have to be applied.

Bagging/blistering preventions?

You’ve heard the old age that ‘prevention is better than cure?’ Prevention of paint bubbles requires proper surface preparation before beginning to paint, though there are a few other tricks and tips that may contribute to the cause..

    • Do not apply paint over a damp or wet surface.
    • Do not paint 4 hours before or after heavy rain – though this is a soft rule and most experienced paint companies will agree that it is very rare to see a rain heavy enough to lift your paint in the 4 hour after period.

  • Don’t paint when the temperature is above 28 C. And paint in the shade whenever possible.
  • If the surface area you you’re painting on is covered in oil based paint. Use another oil based to repaint it.
  • Do not prime or paint an uncleaned wall. Clean, the surface using whatever means necessary. Whether it be a duster, grease remover or household cleaner. Finish it off by drying it with a towel and letting it dry a little longer before moving forward.
  • Prime the surface before painting. Primer will ensure that the bond between your paint and the surface being painted is strong and secure.
  • Consider a conditioner to help keep freshly applied paint from dying too quickly. Water-based paints are compatible with Floetrol, while Penitrol works with oil paints. These are paint extenders that help improve the paint flow for brush and roller work. Avoid using mineral spirits or water for this purpose; excessively thinned paint only compounds the problem.

So, there you have it, we’ll let you get back to eating your Aero chocolate, and watching your movie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Based Paint Problems and Solutions Pt 2 Snail Trails & Touch Ups

This week, we carry on with specific paint problems that are particular to the south african climate. In this article we will teach you how to remedy badly done touch up jobs, and snail trails

Touch Ups..

Description

Areas of different colour with signs of application directionality and or texture

Causes..

  • A poorly colour matched paint was used.
  • The touch-up coat was applied at different temperature – this can cause it to be lighter or darker than your last finish coat
  • Sun exposure may have caused the applied paint to fade slightly.
  • the original retained paint was used , while the existing in-situ coating has faded.
  • The touch up paint was stored for a prolonged period of time and has degraded or colour developed.
  • Failure to reduce the touch-up paint by up to 25%.
  • Touching up marks that could be removed by washing with a sponge and liquid detergent.
  • The touch-up coat was applied to a porous surface – porous surfaces give problems especially with high-sheen eggshells and higher gloss finishes because unprimed porous substrates absorb more of the paint they leave less of a sheen or gloss.
  • A different type or batch of paint was used – different paint types require different amounts of time to finish. the amount of time between the application of your finish coat and touch-up can affect how well these two coats blend together.
  • An application technique different to the original one was used from the e.g. Touching up with a brush when the original coat was applied by roller.

Preventions and Remedies

How to prevent touch up problems                                       

Prevention, is always better than cure as they say..

So here are 5 easy tips to prevent future touch up problems..

  • Always use the same batch number when available
  • Try to wash the mark off first with a sponge and liquid detergent.
  • Use only enough paint to cover the mark, excess paint may cause a halo.
  • Use a feathering-in technique, avoid dabbing.
  • Thin paint up to 25%.

How to remedy touch up problems

Fortunately, the cure (in this case) is much simpler than the sickness. All you have to do is match your colour coating to the existing colour, and then recoat the entire area from edge to edge/ corner to corner. Priming is essential for better adhesion, sheen uniformity, mildew control and durability. Select a top quality interior paint in the color and sheen of your choice.

 

 

Snail Trail

Description

Snail trails are shiny vertical run-marks seen on dry paint films, they are predominantly seen on matt coatings but can also be seen with some sheen coatings. Streaks generally start to emanate from flat topped walls or parapet walls. They are usually randomly spaced and follow gravitational direction. Although snail trails look like dirt streaks, they are not the same.

Causes

Snail trails happen when the water soluble paint components have been washed away by water. Dry paint films are made up of pigment and binder, but to present the paint in a usable form, many additives are used in the formulation.These additives are mostly water-soluble and remain in the dry paint film until they are effectively washed out by water – be it via rain, dew or by irrigation sprinklers. If the amount of water falling on the surface is low, then only part of the water-solubles are washed out, and they can dry on the surface. This leaves what we call snail-trails. They tend to be sticky, and can act as a dirt trap. This could have occurred within the first 2 – 24 hours depending on the  humidity and dampness experienced during the time of painting, or in rooms of high humidity eg kitchens, bathrooms and showers etc

Preventions and Remedies

  • Avoid painting in adverse weather conditions. eg late afternoon if cool damp conditions are expected in the evening or overnight.
  • If the problem occurs in the first day or two it can usually be rinsed off rather easily, with a damp cloth, soap and water. Problem may occur once or twice again before leachable material is completely removed. When paint is applied in a bathroom, it is helpful to have it dry thoroughly before using the shower. Remove all staining before repainting.
  • Fortunately, more difficult trails weather away within the first 3-6 months or are washed from the film after 2-3 rains. Snail trailing should not affect the ultimate durability of the coating.
  • If none of the above works, recoat taking care to consider touch-up batch variation, difference in application technique etc.

Water Based Paint Problems and Solutions Pt 1 Chalk & Algae

South African has a very unique climate; therefore there are certain paint problems that are specific to it. In, the next few articles we will address some of these problems and how to remedy them. In this article we will start with problems chalk and algae.

Fungus/Algae

Possible Causes..

  • Algae can grow on surfaces that are continually damp and dirty and receive no sunlight.
  • Insufficient fungicide/ algaecide in the paint can also worsen the situation.
  • Areas that have had previous mould, may have also been painted over.
  • Reusing opened containers that have received contamination from application transfer and or storage conditions.
  • failure to prime a bare wood surface before painting.

Solutions..

  • to distinguish, firstly if the contaminant is fungus/algae or dirt, drop a few drops of household bleach onto the designated area and see if the discoloured areas disappears. if it does then it’s probably fungus/algae.
  • check for any sources of moisture eg leaks, sealing or ventilation. Fix them.
  • apply a surface sterilizer/fungicidal wash (a diluted household bleach solution – 1 part bleach>3 parts water can also be used) Leaving on for 20 minutes, applying more as it dries. Then scrub and rinse thoroughly. Remember to wear rubber gloves and eye protection while doing so.
  • High pressure washing is a solution to fungus/algae (remember to rinse and residue and allow to dry again before applying any recommended paint)
  • prime the surface with a water based primer.
  • apply a premium exterior water based paint that is protected with a dry film biocide.

Chalking

Description

Chalking is the formation of a white, chalky powder on the surface of a weathered coating, it happens when the binder within the paint is broken down periodically due to weather conditions, UV rays and moisture exposure, the binder then releases the pigment articles within the paint, what you see as the white chalky power is consequently the broken down binder and released pigment particles. Nearly all paints will show some evidence of chalking over time, when they are subject to outdoor exposure. This slow erosion is much more preferable than cracking or flaking and once the chalk is removed the area is desirable again for painting.

You can identify chalking by rubbing the surface of the affected area with a damp cloth (or even dragging your hand) which results in a light deposit to the cloth and the restoration of the colour to the cleaned surface.

excessive chalking is not desired, because it can run down onto the underlying structure and deface the appearance of the surface. It can lighten the colour of your paint or erode your paint film resulting in a loss of protection to the substrate.

Possible causes..

  • using an interior paint quality for outdoors use ie enamel paints or lower gloss level acrylics.
  • poor surface preparation and a failure to remove the poorly bound surface before painting – paint needs to adhere to a sound surface.
  • Using a low grade paint comprising of a low binder and high pigment loading.
  • use of an interior paint for an exterior application.
  • not adequately sealing a porous surface.
  • spreading a coat too thin.
  • nearly all paints will show chalking over time as subjected to outdoor exposure – most south african medium quality paints are in the medium to high PVC range, and chalking can be expected within 3-4 years.

Solutions..

Chalk needs to be removed before repainting – it is is in the same category as dust or dirt.

  • Rub the painted surface with a finger or dark cloth to determine the degree of chalking.
  • high pressure cleaning is a common surface preparation method, and can be used to clean chalking.
  • scrub with a stiff brush . Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Rub the surface with your finger to see if any chalk residue remains. Repeat the cleaning process if powder is still present. If chalk persists, recoat with Alkali Resistant/plaster Primer or Bonding Liquid and coat with appropriate quality top coat. If little or no chalk remains, and the old paint is in good condition, then no priming is necessary.

 

Importance of High Pressure Washing

We strongly advocate High Pressure cleaning, High pressure Cleaners are awesome pieces of equipment to have because they can cut through grime in no time (yes, that’s right I just made a little rhyme) making cleaning your house or industrial area that much easier, and more enjoyable.

They are a necessary piece of equipment when coming to the ‘painting-your-building’ process, and we absolutely love them. Here’s why:

What is High Pressure cleaning?

High Pressure Cleaning is the use of high-pressure water spray to remove loose paint, mold, mildew, grime, dust, mud, chewing gum and dirt from surfaces and objects such as buildings, vehicles and concrete surfaces (in this case residential houses or industrial properties). A pressure washer is really less complicated than it sounds. It’s really just a water pump powered by an electric motor. The washer takes in water from a tap, the pump accelerates the water to high pressure, and then squirts it from a hose at speed through a trigger gun.

Why Pressure Jets get Things Cleaner?

in fact, did you know there’s a good scientific reason why water gets things clean so productively? What happens, is that the water molecules have a bit of an electrical polarity (one end is positively charged and the other end is negatively charged), this is the reason it sticks to things so nicely. Of course, you can add detergent to the water to help it break down the grime and grease and help you clean things even further. But what happens when detergent doesn’t work? there are some forms of ground-on dirt that just won’t go away. This is when high pressure cleaning comes in handy.

high pressure cleaning uses a very narrow jet of hot or cold water blast the tough dirt away. the water is travelling very fast, it hits the dirty surface with a high kinetic energy, knocking dirt and dust away like a constant rain of tiny hammer blows. But you’re afraid it might damage your surfaces? No, even though it boasts a great amount of pressure, it’s still only water, and is therefore kind to most hard surfaces. Although, it’s still a good idea to test the jet on a less conspicuous area before you start working for real.

Why is High Pressure Cleaning Important?

Hydro washing is important, because it removes old and layered peeling paint coatings, it removes mold and mildew that has developed due to weather conditions, it exposes a lot of defects ie cracks, bad plaster and damp which is disguised by old paint. removes chemicals, oils and other elements that adhere to surfaces, it removes dirt and mold which over time can erode building materials.

Pressure Washing is absolutely necessary for Surface Preparation.

If repairs re needed to surfaces, high pressure cleaning clears the surfaces properly before coatings are applied. By eliminating unwanted elements and chemicals new applications can sufficiently adhere to surfaces. This provides superior adherence of coatings, finer finish coatings and a maximum duration of product applied to surfaces.

Using a High Pressure Cleaner Correctly?

High pressure is not necessary in every situation. Using high pressure cleaning on the wrong elements of your house, like PVC or soft wood can actually damage your house and leave it unsightly. An experienced high pressure cleaner will know when to use high pressure, and when to turn down the nozzle. Good cleaners should rely on the right amount of pressure, and good cleaning to get the job done. Which will result in your home looking thoroughly clean and undamaged.

So, if you’re going to ‘vote’ High Pressure cleaning, don’t just choose any old Joe, or fool. Make sure you choose a trusted professional, and somebody who knows what they’re talking about.

What is the Difference between Structural and Non-Structural Cracks

You know what it’s like? You walk outside your home, take a look at that seemingly harmless crack on your wall, and then all at once on your lovely summer’s day, you start to worry.  Don’t worry, were here to help. While it is true that that minor cracks can turn into bigger cracks to threaten the structural integrity of your home, and that every crack should be taken a look at by a professional, there are differences between structural and non-structural cracks that you can view here below..

NON-STRUCTURAL CRACKS

These are small less that 3mm in diameter cracks, that do not at the moment threaten the integrity of your home. They appear in your foundation.  Weather conditions, temperature changes and moisture content naturally cause your foundation to experience these cracks.

 

 

Some of the factors that cause non-structural cracks are:

  • Creep damage
  • Shifting foundations
  • Hydrostatic pressure
  • Settlement
  • Vegetation or trees

Like we said before, not all cracks are initially threats to your home’s structural integrity, nevertheless they should be monitored and treated very carefully off the get go, as water can seep into these cracks and start to erode your homes inner concrete.

STRUCTURAL CRACKS

There are a number of different issues that cause structural cracks, like swollen soil, poor soil bearing, poor construction sites and overloading.  You can tell if you have structural cracks, because you will have problems on the inside of your home, like sloping floors and windows sticking when you close them.

Generally, structural cracks appear wider than 3mm in length. They can appear in the wall beams, foundation walls or slabs. And they usually extend to the upper floor of your house. They can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or run like a staircase.

How to Address Structural and Non-Structural Cracks.

Non-structural cracks should be monitored and taken care of so they don’t get worse, they are usually repaired with an injection of a sealant resin, this resin protects your foundation from future leaks and prevents the problem from worsening.

There are a number of methods that can be used to fix structural cracks:

  • Injecting the crack with urethane to permanently seal it.
  • Install carbon fiber strips to damaged walls.
  • Using resistance and helical piers to level sinking and settling foundations

Paint Doctor uses a number of professional and efficient solutions to get your home back to the state it should be in, contact us for further support and advice.