Our top paint care tips

Did you know that maintaining your newly painted finish will extend the life of the painted surface and add a few extra years in between repainting?

Here are our top tips for caring for your paintwork to keep it looking like new:

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Interior paintwork

  • If marks appear on newly painted surfaces, give the paint a week to fully cure before washing the marks.
  • After the paint has cured, clean any new marks immediately to prevent drying and becoming permanent.
  • To remove dirt, grease and scuff marks, add a small amount of mild detergent (like sugar soap) to warm water and apply the solution to the affected area with a soft cloth.
  • For stubborn marks, you can use a soft bristle brush. Clean in a gentle, circular motion and remove all residue with a clean, soft cloth that has been dampened with clean water.
  • After cleaning the affected area, you should then wash the whole wall/ceiling with mild detergent to eliminate any patchiness. Follow with clean water and allow to dry.
  • Don’t use harsh abrasives, scrubbing brushes or caustic preparations as these will lead to highlights in the paintwork that can only be repaired by repainting.
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Exterior paintwork

  • Prepare a bucket of warm water mixed with a moderate amount of household detergent – don’t use harsh chemicals or strong, concentrated soaps as they’ll leave a residue.
  • Apply to the entire painted area with a soft bristle brush, broom or soft cloth.
  • Before the surface dries, hose it down thoroughly with clean water. Hosing down by itself is not usually sufficient to remove the normal build-up of road grime, sap stains, dust and so on so don’t skip the first step. High-pressure washing can actually damage your paint finish so simply use normal pressure washing with your garden hose.
  • We recommend washing your walls every one or two years to maintain the life of the paint.

Exterior timber

  • Periodically clean your timber with either water and a mild detergent or a specialty deck or wood cleaner to revitalise it and extend its life.
  • Apply to the entire surface, brush with a stiff brush then hose down with clean water.
  • If your timber is looking patchy, weathered, mouldy or mildewy, it’s time to thoroughly clean and refinish it.
  • We recommend refinishing your timber every one to two years.

Storing paint

We may provide you with some leftover touch-up paint. This gives you a sample of the type and colour of paint that was used on your home. If required, you may use it to touch-up small marks on the existing paintwork should you damage it, or use as a reference if purchasing larger volumes.

  • Retain the labels showing the colour and strength of the paint for easy future reference. You may even wish to write on the tin which surfaces have been painted in that colour/sheen, especially if you have several paints that look similar.
  • Store the paint tins away from extreme cold, heat and/or humidity as that can affect the texture and usability of the paint. A cool, dry place is best.
  • If you do open the paint can, do so carefully so the lid doesn’t dent and make it difficult to reseal.
  • Ensure that you reseal the tin properly so that it is airtight. A rubber mallet is the best way to do this.
  • Wondering if your paint has gone bad? Smell it. If it smells strange and not the way paint should smell, it’s likely gone bad. Then, try mixing it. Does it mix smoothly? Next, you can apply a small amount of paint to a test surface. Does it spread nicely? If not, it might be time to get rid of it – but not before you obtain a replacement pot and check that the colour matches.
  • Unwanted paint can be disposed of for free at a Paintback Depot. You can find them at both Mitchell and Mugga Lane Resource Management Centres.

Contact Fluid Painting Solutions any time if you have questions about caring for your paint.

Sources: Some of the above information has been adapted from the Dulux Paint Care Guide and from Paint Place’s How to get a quality finish on your deck.