What you need to know before painting

Dulux paint

Most people can do an okay job of painting a room, but a professional does a great job. Sure, they have more experience and are far more seasoned than the average home-owner, but they also know the techniques and tricks that make them better painters.

A Kalka home only wears Dulux paint on its walls because it always gives a premium finish. So what does Dulux have to say about creating a well-painted room?

When to paint

The temperature of your home affects the performance of paint. The wall temperature must be above 10 degrees celsius throughout the painting process and just as a guide, you should generally avoid painting in extremely hot or cold conditions.

Moving and removing

If you haven’t already done so, take down curtains, mirrors and pictures. Move lightweight furniture out of the room. Cover remaining furniture with plastic sheets or drop cloths and tape plastic around pendant light fittings.

Clean the walls

We strongly recommend cleaning the walls before applying any paint. It’s essential that surfaces are cleaned before painting, even if they don’t look dirty. Any residue on the wall can stop the new paint from properly sticking. Sugar soap will effectively remove any grease and grime, just ensure the sugar soap is washed off the surface prior to painting.


Painting will be faster and cleaner if you mask first. Remove masking tape or papers before the paint is too dry as removal later can lift and break the dry paint leaving a cracked and jagged edge.

The painting sequence

Start at the top and work down, this means beginning with the ceiling. Paint away from the light source so you are not painting in shadow. Next paint the walls, then the doors and windows, followed by the skirting and the trim.

Mixing is vital

Before applying paint, make sure you stir it well. Delux recommends ‘boxing’ your paint—meaning, if you are using more than one can, tip the contents of each into a larger container and stir thoroughly. You can then pour it directly into your painting pot or refill the original tins for future use.


Before use, moisten the brush in water if you are about to use a water-based paint, or turps if you are about to use an oil-based paint. Make sure you remove excess liquid before painting. Fill the brush by dipping in up to half the length of the bristles. The bristles should flex only slightly as you brush.

If you are using a brush and roller, paint the edges of the area first. Painting window frames, skirtings, doors and mouldings are worth doing carefully to get the best results.


To use a roller you’ll need a tray, frame, roller cover and possibly an extension pole. Make sure you have the right roller for the job and fit the roller to the frame. Pour paint into the reservoir at the end of the roller tray, and be sure not to overfill it. Dip the roller lightly into the paint then roll it gently backwards and forwards on the ramp to evenly distribute the paint on the roller cover. Slowly roll the paint onto the surface in a series of close zig-zag strokes. When the paint starts to run, re-roll the area with parallel strokes to even the spread.

Never leave a paint-covered roller exposed to the air for any length of time. Wrap it in plastic cling wrap when you take a short break, and make sure to clean it completely after use.