Interior and Exterior Paintings

Residential Painting

Whether it’s interior or exterior, we can cater to all residential painting projects. Contact us today and let us refresh the look of your home!

The FPS team have the skills for interior and exterior paint application for your residential property. We have experience in new homes, existing homes, unit complexes, apartment buildings.

With our no obligation free consultation, we can assist you with color choice, selection of quality Dulux products to determine the best solution for you whilst catering to your specific requirements, budget and timeline.

Rest assured that our team is fully qualified and insured. Also know that you can expect the highest level of diligence and courtesy from our friendly staff with daily progression updates and a job inspection review upon completion.

Commercial Painting

From a small office makeover to a large warehouse or even a complete shop remodel, we’ve got you covered for all your commercial painting needs.

As a operating business, we understand what’s important to fellow property managers and business owners. That’s why upon our initial consult we identify your circumstances to work with you to allow normal business operation causing minimal or no disruption.

One of our project supervisors can meet you onsite to discuss your specific requirements to develop a significant plan to cater to your budget and timeline.

Colour Consultancy

Achieve piece of mind knowing that your color choice will flow with your existing colour scheme. Why not let one of trained colour consultant’s work with you. Did we mention, its Free of charge!

Top 7 Paint Problems & How to Fix Them

A simultaneous cheer and sigh of relief go up when the surroundings are newly painted . Yet, within a couple of years, there come up various paint problems. Well, it does not have to be that way.
The key to ward off different paint problems; is to understand the causes of numerous said failures and then how to fix them. Specific types of problems along with their remedies are listed below.

1. Alligatoring
A very common issue leading to failure of paint is alligatoring . Well it is called so as the cracked paint resembles the skin of an alligator. This issue is caused as the paint is applied in too many layers leading to inner layers loosing elasticity.With a change in temperature the surfaces expand and contract and the brittle paint breaks.
The issue can be resolved by removing the old paint completely by scrapping and sanding. The surface should then be primed with high quality water based primer and painted with top quality exterior water based paint.

2. Blistering
This failure arises by moisture getting behind paint, or by painting over damp surfaces. Moisture blisters in paint usually occur when moisture evaporates to form vapor bubble under an impermeable layer of paint , especially on new or oil coatings.
To get rid of blisters first try to remove the source of moisture and then scrap and sand the surface.

3.Efflorescence
This is a white or yellowish usually mineral salt formed on plaster due to moisture migrating through the surface , evaporating , leaving mineral crystals behind. Efflorescense are hygroscopic and will continue to accumulate.
To prevent this issue before using the acidic solution , flood the surface with clean water and then allow the solution to set before scouring off the efflorescence with a stiff brush.

4.Sagging or running
These occur when paint is applied over glossy surfaces ,or due to excessive paint thinning , or paint being applied to a dirty surface or in a weather below recommended temperature
Proper application of paints and surface preparation will help eliminate sags and runs.These sometimes are an indication of an inexperienced painter.

5.Poor stain resistance
This is caused due to use of lower quality paints that are porous in nature and application of paint on unprimed substance.
Prevention of this is possible with the use of higher quality latex paints that contain more binder , that help prevent stains from penetrating the painted surface,allowing easy removal.
6.Surfactant leaching
Surfactant leaching failures show up if there is an incompatibility between the primer coat and finish coat.
It can be avoided by making sure that the surface to be painted is dry and the surface is not painted in wet weather.

7.Wrinkling
Wrinkles may be caused if paint is applied too thickly , or paint is not brushed out. The best remedy is after scrapping and sanding wipe the affected area with a damp cloth and prim bare areas with appropriate primer and repaint.

So as we have understood various paint problems along with their remedies it can lead to early correction and major reductions in maintenance costs. And hence this issues can be immediately recognized ,modified and result into immediate rectifications.

Removing Wallpaper

For this job you will need sheets of plastic drop cloths, a garden type sprayer, and a wallpaper scraper with a razor blade that can be changed when dull, or a spackle knife. The razor scraper is best used on plaster walls, the spackle knife on drywall (or sheet rock or gypsum board.) You can use the razor edge wallpaper removal tool on drywall, but the wallpaper must be thoroughly saturated with hot water containing vinegar so it can be razored off of the drywall without damaging it. For the plastic sheets, spend a little more money for the thicker kind. Don’t use the super cheap but super thin sheets, which are hard to open from the package and will tear and will not hold the weight of the removed wallpaper lying on them when you pick them up. The sprayer has a pump handle on top. You pump this handle and build up pressure, and do it again when the original pressure has gone down. You may have seen people spraying their garden with this type of sprayer. It is perfect for saturating the wallpaper you want to remove.

Before you do anything, go to the circuit breaker or fuse box to turn off the electricity in the room where you will be removing wallpaper. Move furniture away from the walls. Place the plastic sheeting at the base of the wall, right up against the baseboard. Make sure the carpet, tile or wood floor is completely covered to prevent water damage or glue mess on floor. Make sure also that all furniture that could possibly be hit with your sprayer is covered with plastic drop cloths.

Spray Painting Using Aerosol Cans

First of all, let me caution you on a health matter. When spray painting, the proper paint respirator is a must. They are not cheap, but if you want to fully protect your lungs and nervous system and yourself, you should wear a respirator. The fumes from spray paint can make you dizzy and sick, and even pass out. Also make sure that you do this spraying with adequate ventilation. If you have a metal cabinet or a piece of furniture or anything that you can move, the ideal solution is to wait for a warm, calm day and carry the piece outside. If this is not possible, make sure there is a LOT of ventilation. Protect your health.

The next caution when spray painting is to make sure that you cover anything that you do not want to get any paint on with drop cloths, either plastic or canvas, or newspaper. When spraying, there is a lot of overspray. It can travel very far and really make a mess of things. So, cover it up!

Now for the technique to spray paint. Let us say that you are painting a small metal cabinet or some outdoor furniture. You need to remember that the proper way to spray involves an on/off on/off motion. Lets say we are doing the cabinet. Hold the spray can to the left of the cabinet with your finger on the button and start to spray BEFORE you reach the cabinet. Hold the can about ten inches away from the surface to be painted. Then continue spraying beyond the right edge of the cabinet, then let off the button completely and repeat the process from right to left, and each time you pass beyond the cabinet let your finger off the button for a second and then start spraying again. And do not try to paint the piece all in one heavy coat. You should use several light coats, otherwise you will have sags, drips and runs. The first coat should be a very light coat. Painters call this a “tack” coat. Don’t worry about covering the piece with the first coat, think of it as just something for the following coats to stick to. You will usually need about three light coats.

When using aerosol cans, they first need to be shaken very hard for very long. There is a marble inside of the can, and after you have been shaking for a while, it will “break loose” and you will hear it rattling around inside of the can. Continue to shake for a very long time. You can do no harm by shaking too much. Also, make sure you read all of the instructions and cautions printed on the can.

Here is a good trick that you must know. If the aerosol can starts to clog up or spit or dribble, shake the can and turn it upside down and depress the button until nothing but air is coming out. This should brake up the clog. Another little tip: After the can is completely empty, turn it upside down and spray out any remaining air and save the spray button. Sometimes a button becomes hopelessly clogged, and sometimes they may pop off and be hard to find. Having that spare can be really sweet.

 

Can You Paint a House When it Rains?

A paint job can really work wonders in giving your home that fresh new look. But let’s face it- it’s no easy job, whether you’re doing it yourself or outsourcing it. There’s so much prep to do and so many things to remember, it can get a bit overwhelming at times.
What’s more, painting during the monsoon can be even more stressful, even if you’re painting indoors and areas where the water from the rains probably won’t be in contact with you.
So does the presence of rains prevent you from painting? Will it actively affect your paint job? Keep reading to find out.

Common Questions While Painting During Monsoon
You might have the following questions in mind if you’re painting indoors or outdoors while it is raining outside.
● Will the rain cause the pain to run?
● Will the paint take longer to dry than normal?
● Will the paint’s color or texture change with the change in climatic conditions?

Indoor & Exterior Painting
Contrary to the popular belief, it is actually okay to paint your house even when it is raining. Painting the interiors in particular, has no reasonable downsides to it, especially if the interior walls are dry when you paint them, and they do not come in contact with the rain water after you paint them. Make sure you take care of open windows, since rain water might still enter and come in contact with the inner walls in the form of light sprinkles.
Painting the exteriors however, is a totally different story. It does come with its share of problems, some of which are outlined below.

Painting the Exteriors: The Downside
There are several downsides to painting the exteriors while it is raining, which is why, most experts strongly recommend against painting the exterior of the house even at the first sight of the clouds.
However, if you reside in a rain prone area, or just want to get the paint job over with during the monsoon in Australia and don’t want to waiting, you can still get it done, but it’ll be a lot more work and effort for you.
Give yourself the time to answer these 3 questions before you decide if it is safe to start painting the exterior of your house.
● Is the surface visibly wet? If not, great.
● When was it last wet? More than 24 hours ago? Great.
● Is the temperature right? Is it too cold? If not, great.
If you answer no to all three of these, you can go ahead and paint the exteriors and you shouldn’t experience any unreasonable issues.