Painting — How to do it…?


I’m thinking of brightening up some of the paintwork around the house e.g. window ledges, door frames etc.

They’re currently painted with gloss paint. How should I go about it? Should I rub it down with sandpaper first? And do I need to apply matt paint before new gloss? Oh, and is there such a thing as paint that doesn’t come with the puke-inducing lingering overnight smell?

It’s all so complicated…

6 Responses to Painting — How to do it…?

  1. Gayle says:

    Depends how proper a job you want to do. This is what I would do: rub down with a medium sandpaper (so as to create a reasonable key for the new paint); wipe down to remove all sandiness; and then wipe down again with white spirit to remove any untoward residues that will stop the paint sticking. Then go straight to a new coat of gloss.

    If you’re painting flat surfaces then gloss rollers (tiny foan rollers – Harris ones give a better finish than cheap versions) give a good streak-free finish.

    (Oh, and (with apologies to anyone who has ever bought one of my houses) when freshening up a house purely for the purposes of selling, I have been known to skip the entire preparation process and just slap a new coat of gloss on what’s there. It’s not durable, but achieves the ‘fresh’ look.)

  2. John H says:

    Whether you can re-coat with gloss only depends how similar the old and new colours are. Gloss paint is quite translucent.

    Oh, and I wouldn’t use gloss for woodwork. Some sort of semi gloss.

    And I’d definitely use Farrow and Ball paint. Once used you’ll never look back.

    Good paint costs more per litre but covers so much better and can have better colours (Farrow and Ball particularly).

    Personally I always sand before painting, even if it’s just to take the gloss off so that the new paint sticks properly.

    A lot of gloss and semi gloss is water based nowadays – doesn’t stink as bad as the old paints, you can wash the brush out in water too.

    If you particularly want to avoid noxious fumes there are so called eco paints available. There are even paints that absorb fumes. I always use Ecos primer.

    Oh, and we never use bright white, an off white is so much less brash. Farrow and Ball “Pointing” being my favourite.

    Good luck,


  3. alan.sloman says:

    Wowza John!

    You can nip round anytime and show me how it’s done! I have an entire house that needs painting!

    Have to say that I agree about F&B thogh – good stuff.

  4. John H says:

    F&B is the best. I’d love to pop round but I think you live in a different middle-of-nowhere to me don’t you?

    Just slap it on Alan.

    Reporter (reverentially): “How do you mix your paint, monsieur?”

    Hancock: “In a bucket with a big stick.”

    The Rebel

  5. Dawn says:

    Rubbing down gloss work is essential, techy term, keying in, medium to fine grit, after rubbing down, wipe down with a cloth that has a little white spirit on it. You may get away with just a top coat if you are freshening up rather than aiming for a longer lasting durable finish. Have fun.

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