This week’s article will discuss painting after previously talking about the work of installing doors and windows. Painting includes the stages of finishing work. For that, proper steps are needed because it will show the appearance of the house, as if the quality of the building can only be seen from the finishing side.
Before giving tips on doing painting, we should review a little raw materials and paint knick-knacks as knowledge. Painting requires additional raw materials in the form of putty or flamir with brands commonly used in Indonesia, namely Kingkong, Giant, RG, and so on.
Meanwhile, paint raw materials based on location are divided into two, namely exterior paint and interior paint. Usually exterior paint is called water shield or water proofing. This paint has a stronger adhesion because it is in direct contact with the weather, be it rain or heat, especially in a country that has more than two seasons. Almost all paint brands have these two types of paint based on their placement.
Based on the quality, paint is divided into several categories. The quality of paint depends on the mixture of raw materials, generally consisting of binders, pigments, additives, and extenders. The quality of the paint can be distinguished from the mixture of the four basic ingredients. High-quality paint is a balanced mixture of basic ingredients with each other based on expert calculations.
However, ordinary people usually distinguish the quality of paint from the brand, for example the quality 1 is branded Dulux and Mowilex; quality 2 Vinilex and Kemtone; and quality 3 Asiatile, Ici, and so on. The paint packaging sizes generally consist of three types, namely 2.5 kg, 5 kg or 1 gallon, and 20-25 kg or 1 peal.
Calculating paint usage is usually based on the quality of the paint itself. The higher the quality of the paint, the wider the resulting spread. As an illustration, quality 1 paint can produce a distribution between 110–130 m2. For medium-quality paint, the resulting distribution reaches 80–100 m2. While the paint quality 3 has a distribution between 60-80 m2.
Here are the steps for painting. First, prepare painting equipment such as paint tubs, water cans, brushes, rollers, duct tape, masking tape, newspapers, sandpaper, and putty. Next, clean the wall from dust so that the paint sticks well. The cleaned wall will have a smooth and even surface. Then, cover the parts that do not want to be exposed to paint, such as window frames, door handles, ceiling edges, floors, with duct tape or masking tape and newspapers or boards for the floor.
If there are cracks in the wall, use a putty leveled with sandpaper to smooth it out. Apply a paint primer to any cracks or crevices that have been closed for an even, glossy finish.
Before painting the walls, it’s a good idea to stir the paint first to get the optimal color and prevent clumps of paint. For an even, smooth, and long-lasting finish, mix wall paint with a water base or solvent that makes it less prone to peeling.
Then, start painting with a base color as the first layer. In order to speed up and simplify the process of painting walls, you can use a roller. However, not the entire surface of the wall can be painted with a roller. Corners that the roller does not reach can be painted using a small brush.
To paint the walls so that the color evenly and perfectly, do the zig-zag technique from top to bottom repeatedly until the surface of the wall is flat with paint. So much for writing this time, hopefully it can be helpful and useful.