Be Cautious and Never Rush a Decision in Painting and its Removal
Painting and decorating are not only ways of making a construction aesthetically pleasing but are also ways by which the walls and other surfaces are protected from dust, dirt, fungus, rust, water, corrosion and insects.
Unfortunately when painting without consulting professionals, people do tend to focus more on the aesthetic aspect rather than the protection aspect. When it comes to paint there are many types in the market, some of which are inclusive of protective supplements and layers and others which are composed of different ingredients in accordance with the surface to be painted.
Surface and condition of surface is an important aspect to keep in mind when painting and decorating. Whether it is wood, metal, glass, cement, or plaster, different types of paint, and different methods of application must be used. Additionally whether or not the paint is to be applied for the first time or repainted due to ageing or weather and conditions will also affect the choice of paint and the options for removal of the paint.
Whilst painting over new surfaces is relatively easier, removal of old paint and decoration and repainting is a completely different task. It is always advisable that you either consult a professional or hire one if there is old paintwork and/or deteriorated paint surfaces to be repainted.
There are many removal methods and the decision as to which method should be chosen is one that must be taken with care and caution. Also take into account whether the house or office building is an old one and the possibility that lead paint was used at some stage of its upkeep. Lead paint is dangerous and the removal of it even more so not only to the person removing it but to those in the vicinity as well.
Popular paint and decorating removal methods include the gas torch, which involves a flame and high temperatures and as such is the fastest removal method there is. This is ideal for large outdoor areas. The disposable gas torch makes life even easier although it doesn’t produce as high temperatures as the gas torch. If you are wondering how the hot air gun operates imagine a hair dryer at work except at higher temperature levels. As there is no flame there is no danger of burning the surface. The Infra red system is a novel Swedish invention that is ideal for removal of lead based paint. It heats and softens paint easily without any of the hassle involved in other methods. Solvents are commonly used for indoor paint removal as it can be safely used on plaster surfaces. Once heat related methods as well as solvents are used paint scrapers and shaving tools can be used to remove the flaky paint and scrape away the old paint.
When dealing with wood the infra red method or hot air gun works best unless the wood is carved and intricate in which case solvent works best.
Apart from being wise to the method, surface and various systems in place, also be cautious about price and what best suits your needs and budget.