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DIY Secrets: 3 Cabinet Painting Mistakes that Will Make You Regret

Enthusiastic, valiant DIYers just love the idea of spicing up their home putting into work handy décor ideas combined with a couple of self-experimented tricks. And when it comes to pulling off an instant kitchen makeover, almost every DIYer seems to be totally endorsing the practice of painting cabinets.

Painted cabinets are becoming a much-loved trend amidst home owners these days. After all, a few coats of a vibrant colour doesn’t ask for much effort and dollars to put in. However, this DIY project is nothing like painting a wall and this is what most home owners don’t get and end up plunging into a pool of pitfalls.

We don’t want your excitement to turn into a regretful experience. So, here we have the common blunders one might make when painting cabinets for an elegant makeover.

Start off without cleaning

You may need to start over from the beginning anyway if you don’t clean up your cabinets in the first place. It doesn’t only slow down the painting process but the water-based paint doesn’t stick to greased doors, leaving rough and unevenly painted surfaces.

Skip on Sanding

Jump to a paint finish right after cleaning and you’ll be putting in a good amount of time and paint. As important it is to clean the doors and base surface before painting, one should spend enough time sanding cabinet surfaces before you add coats of your favourite texture finishes. This will not only touch up scratches and imperfections but also allow the cabinets to hold new paint properly.

Paint with hardware on

Home owners often start painting without taking the doors, hinges and knobs off, which ultimately leads to more cleaning work and time. By removing doors, drawers and hardware off, you can ensure that you don’t mask off undesired surfaces and have a cleaner look after finishing the job.

In addition, DIYers often skimp on primer, use cheap paint finishes and don’t give in much preparation time, which also leads to unnecessary investment of time and effort in your project. So, make sure you have a proper DIY plan and budget in place to get things started smoothly and pull off optimum results.

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Indulging in DIY Paint Job? Consider These Tips from Pros

So, you are going to paint your interior walls on your own?

Embarking on a DIY paint project can be as fun and exhilarating as it seems. You can paint your walls the colour you want to, the way you want. But this seemingly exciting DIY project can turn into a terrible nightmare with stained walls, dripping paint and endless coats to cover stains and brush marks.

So, how to pull off a professional-looking paint job? Well, different painters have different ways and preferences to carry out a paint job. However, they all know the same secrets that help them achieve seamless results when it comes to painting interiors.

To make your sure DIY paint project goes off without a hitch and you have smooth, fine-looking walls, we have put together a few tips from the experts.

Prep and inspection to start with

Want to do it like a pro? Get rid of all those cracks, flakes, dents, holes and other surface imperfections. Before you go on to apply your favourite paint colour, texture finish and even primer on the required wall, inspect the surface thoroughly and scrap, sand and clean it to cover or remove imperfections.

How’s the weather outside?

You don’t want to move brush and roller on your walls all day long only to incur slow drying, excessive blistering, brush marks, drips and patches the next day. This is what happens when you paint on a rainy day or excessively hot, dry, wet or cold weather. To avoid these issues, pay heed to the climate outside before you start off.

Experts love box paint

Ensuring colour consistency remains a key concern when paint interiors and exteriors. Pros pull it off by combining and mixing all the paint needed in one container, rather than using one gallon at a time. This way, you can make sure paint is consistent through the wall.

And there are many other tips and tactics like these you may come across on the web. Adhering to these quick yet useful tips, painting your walls can be as easier and hassle-free for you as for any professional out there. Moreover, before you get on your DIY paint venture, it is advised to have the right tools and resources in hand to ensure a great experience.

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ASTEC: Paint with Pride!

Commercial and residential Waterproofing, interior/exterior acrylic wall products, industrial primers, strippers, rust treatments, skim coats, texture finishes and elastomeric membranes are in demand requirements for most designing and architectural organisations around. A complete outlook with reliable products in the field is the want of the clients and investors, who continuously encourage the increase in any such offerings.

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Astec Paint, sets its high standards in workmanship and customer service. Extreme pride and expertise of the organisation makes step for it in being rewarded for huge volumes of South Australian heritage façade restoration. With an efficient staff including fixing department and total of over 900,000.00m2 in specialty of coating applications, Astec sorts its way out, among the best in the scenario so far. They have been working as South Australian owned coating manufacturers functioning in Adelaide since 1978.

Perfect waterproofing solutions are provided for all kinds of water ingress problems like pipe leakages and dampness in walls and roofs. The organisation ensures intactness in integrity of the structure. Wide range of waterproofing solutions are offered, known for their durability, water resistance and elasticity. Astec Paints Australasia PTY Ltd is privately owned, supporting and recognizing local talent and business encouraging secure level in exports worldwide.

Since 2000, assessments were made in the product line up in texture, interior, exterior, waterproofing, flooring, concrete repair, anti-graffiti, roofing and industrial binder/sealer/strippers. The most focused goal of the team is valuing assets with uncompromised personal service with best possible outcomes to the customers. Through Astec marketing strategies, ‘Quiet Achievers’, sales representatives were put into domestic market to present our story with products and competitive pricing.

Throughout Australia, the group has successfully established its mark with growing product range and quality. It holds seventy percent total turnover in exports to Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK, Singapore. Astec elastomeric wall coatings connect prevailing cracks in masonry, further remaining crack free over days and giving elastic protection against ingress of water.

For any such issue or betterment in the sector, just rely on Astec, providing best services and products to clients within the set time.

 

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Here’s Why Texture Coating Can Prove Beneficial in the Long Run

Texture coating is a high quality acrylic latex coating to be used on residential and commercial exteriors. It is available in numerous combinations of colours and textures. The texture helps to conceal rough and irregular surfaces.

Type of Surfaces for Its Applications:

Few surfaces like stucco surfaces, pre-cast concrete surfaces and concrete masonry units are naturally porous and easily cracked. Due to this, the moisture gets in and deteriorates the surfaces which are exposed to the outdoor environment. Texture coating fills the gaps between the pores and cracks by creating a flexible coating and thereby providing an extra protection. During the cold weather when the walls shrink, this coating stretches, and in hot weather, it contracts, ensuring a barrier throughout the year.

The Benefits:

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Texture coatings are known to be water-resistant, weather proof, heat reflective, mould and mildew-resistant, and need low maintenance. You can reduce your maintenance costs and save significantly on energy bills. Texture coating provides a new finish and contains reflective material that protects the surfaces from harmful UV rays which can quickly fade ordinary paint.

A paint blocks stucco’s ability to breathe whereas texture coating provides the long-lasting protection. If applied with the help of professionals, it will totally eliminate the need to paint your exterior walls. Even if you just need to do repairs only, after its application, all imperfections are covered and a beautiful finish is provided. You will not have to worry about cracking, flaking and peeling of surfaces any more.

To reap the full benefits of texture coating, it is advisable to seek the help of professionals as they know the right technique of its application. All steps like trenching, hydro blast, scraping and sanding, patch and repair, masking, coating application and clean up should be done with great care.

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Here’s how you can achieve the Desired Results with a Texture Finish

A texture finish or paint can add a new dimension to an otherwise dull-looking surface. But for this, it is important that the paint is applied in the right way, using the right equipment. In short, this is what needs to be done:

First of all, you must cover the application area properly so that it remains free of dust as well as foreign material. The area can be uncovered later, when you are all set to apply the paint. For application, you can decide on your own, whether you want to apply the texture finish using a brush and roller or spray equipment. However, if you use the equipment recommended by the manufacturer, you can expect better results.

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Whatever equipment you choose, just make                                               sure it helps you finish the paint job efficiently                                           and in no time.

Furthermore, it is also advisable to use the correct application technique. That’s because it’s the technique that determines the opacity and sheen level of a texture coating system. Once the paint has been applied, it’s time for you to identify the errors, if any, so that you can take corrective actions and achieve the desired results.

Tip: If possible, also cover the adjoining surfaces, prior to the application of the texture paint. 

We, at ASTEC Paints, offer a wide range of textures. Click here to give your room a unique touch!

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Here’s how Texture Coating is better than Painting

As the name suggests, texture coating is a kind of coating, which unlike paint, imparts a slightly rough textural effect. It is not only different from paint, but also better in many ways. Here’s how:

  • Painting does give a makeover to a residential or commercial space, but because it needs to be done frequently, it may turn out to be costly overall. However, texture coating delivers lasting results and doesn’t call for frequent paint jobs. It is more economical that way.
  • In comparison to typical paint, texture paint has several benefits such as colour retention and moisture & dirt resistance.
  • Texture finish is the latest trend. Unlike paint, it gives a contemporary look to the surface it is applied on. So a texture coating system is a good option for anyone who needs a modern-day look but does not wish to spend a lot of money.
  • Paint is seldom durable. But texture paint is different. Its application ensures that there is no need to paint the interior and exterior surfaces in the coming few years.
  • Paint has its share of drawbacks, including chalking and fading. However, texture finish easily addresses these drawbacks.

Therefore, it can be safely concluded that texture coating does a much better job at protecting the interior and exterior surfaces of a building. Get assistance from Astec Paints’ services. Learn more!

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