Wednesday, December 30, 2009

How to: Paint a Wall

There were cracks on the walls of our apartment. The cracks are now repaired, and it's time to paint the wall. The problem is that we couldn't remember which paint color was used. That's a really big problem.

We decided to go with ICI Dulux moonlight shadow, which is a very light gray color, and similar to our wall color.

What's interesting about ICI Dulux is that they do not stock up colors. Instead they use a machine to mix the pigments to come up with the color chosen by the client from the color palette.This method greatly reduces the paint color stock. Instead they stock only on 1 item: a paint tin that is partially filled with resin and water (I think).

Here's the equipment you need to paint a wall:
  • paint brush
  • paint roller
  • roller pan
  • paint (remember your color!)
  • masking tape (preferably the blue type)
  • ladder
  • paint thinner (actually, I didn't use it)
  • newspapers (lots of them to cover your floor)
  • music
  • drinking water
This is a website with great illustrations that show you how to paint:

My personal tip for you is not to put too much paint on your brush and roller. After you've done with your second (or third) coating, wait from between 30 minutes to a few hours before you pull out the masking tape at 45 degrees angle.

If the coating is too heavy, this is what you'll get when you rip off the masking tape:

My wall, before (with masking tape):

My wall, after.. masking tape still on:

This is the result I got because I couldn't remember the color! Ugly isn't it?

I was too lazy to paint the entire wall... now, I have no choice but to paint it entirely!!!


Chanaporn said...

Hehehe... you'd better do the whole wall la eiei

Lily (aka Ly) said...

Good news... I've completed the entire wall yesterday!!! Yoohoo!!

Chanaporn said...

Congrats ka, good start of the year!