Please not another throw pillow rather give your walls a fresh coat of Paint

Please not another throw pillow rather give your walls a fresh coat of Paint

The easiest way to make a room look fresh and new? Well, you can bring in new throw pillows, change the curtains, buy new furniture or replace the lamp, but if your walls are looking old and faded then the best thing to do would be to give it a fresh coat of paint. You’ll be amazed at how a different colour on your walls can change the perceived colours of your curtains, bedding and furniture.

But if you’re thinking of painting a room the golden rule is the better the surface, the better the result. Good preparation makes a world of difference to the end result. All it takes is the right colour paint and you can totally reinvent a room.

Steps to a brand new room

  1. Wash your walls with something like Sugar Soap.
  2. Remove any flaky and cracked paint.
  3. Fill cracks and chips with one of our skimming products like PlasterSkim, or PlasterFix for bigger cracks and joints.
  4. For an even smoother surface, you can paint the entire wall using ContractorSkim.
  5. Paint the walls with the new colour of your choice using Superior Acrylic 401, this will give you superior quality, and excellent washability.

Of course, if throw pillows are your thing, you can now add that to your new room and Voila!

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Paint your Interior like a Pro

Paint your Interior like a Pro

Painting the interior of your home can be a tricky task, and if you start asking for opinions you will get a lot of differing views. Go bold or stay white? Some people like an accent wall, but this could be problematic because people usually pick a colour that’s too strong. Again too much white can make it feel like a rented apartment, and if you paint all your walls white and just one in colour, you could have too much contrast which will make your eyes get tired of the colours faster. Below are some tips to help you Paint with a Decorators perspective.

Don’t match favourite Objects

Pick a colour that can tie things together in a room, for instance, don’t pick a colour that matches a favourite item in the room, but rather a colour that is paler and softer than the object. This way the colour will enhance and not compete with the object. The featured image is a perfect example of a colour that blends with and accentuates the furniture in the room.

Try out a Colour Sample first

This will take a bit of extra effort but the end result is worth the trouble. On each wall, tape up an oversized colour sample of the colour that you’ve picked, something like a half-metre-square, and watch it throughout the day as the light changes. This will help you make the perfect selection of the colour that suits the room best.

Don’t pick colours that are too bright

Pick a colour that will blend with the space you are working with, something that will complement the room. Colours that are too bright are mostly too strong for interiors unless for instance you have a very bright sunny room that could handle a splash of bright yellow.

Pick colours that are appropriate for the room

Colour has a definite impact on mood, so make sure the colour is appropriate for the space. For instance, a cooler colour works well in a bedroom or lounge, whereas a warmer colour will work well in a bathroom or kitchen. Think carefully about how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish in each space.

Painting those hard to reach places

Painting those hard to reach places

Once most of the work has been done there remains those fiddly bits that are hard to get to or just awkward to paint. Typically these spots are irritating, hand-cramping, back-breaking and just seem to hold up the completion of the job. But if skipped, will spoil the entire job by their unfinished presence.

Use an edging tool to get behind or under fixtures (Toilets, Sinks, etc.)

Besides being a great tool that you can use for cutting along edges (paint close to the edges) of doors, ceilings or trim, this tool can help take care of hard to reach places. The edging tool saves time as you don’t need masking tape or a steady paint brush hand close to the edges. Once you have done the edges, take the sponge and backing part off the edging tool and attach it to a thin strip of wood that will serve as the handle. Dip the sponge in paint and slip it in behind or under any fixtures that need to be painted.

Getting to those hard to reach stairway walls and ceilings

If you are afraid of heights, then this is the dreaded part of painting indoors. Balancing perilously on a ladder over a flight of stairs is enough to un-nerve even the most hardy of handy-men. Here is a neat solution to help you feel like you are on more solid footing.


How to complete DIY paint projects like a pro

How to complete DIY paint projects like a pro

It is the school holidays again and there are always lots of DIY home improvements to be done. One such DIY project that can be done this winter is painting your home’s interior. This article will show you, in 5 easy steps, how to paint your home’s interior like a professional.

Step 1: Choose a suitable paint colour and product for your specific application.

A lot of times it can be difficult to decide on what colour to paint a room. Two excellent approaches to help you with such a decision is the architecture of the room and the emotion that the colour of paint is going to evoke. A good tip is to choose a paint colour that will highlight the architecture and items in the room. If you want to evoke the desired emotion, you should first consider the function of the room, and then choose a paint colour to go with it. Examples of such colours are, red for a warmer colour, blue for a cooler colour etc. When taking these two tips in consideration, you can easily make a choice even on a wide range of paint colours. Cotect Paints has a range of interior paint products for you to use on your DIY project.

Step 2: Prepare your walls and protect surroundings before starting the paint job.

 Always remember to inspect your walls for imperfections such as holes, cracks, old peeling paint etc.Having such imperfections on a wall is unpleasant to look at for your guests, yourself, and will also affect the overall look, after completing your paint project. PlasterSkim is an excellent product for filling minor cracks. This skimming product smoothens the texture of the wall surface and usually doesn’t need to be primed. Also, remember to cover surfaces that are not going to be painted, with cloths and painter’s tape.

Step 3: Waterproof the cracks before painting

The winter months are cold and wet. If you prefer a nice and cosy interior, why not waterproof before you paint? Cotect Paints has a very effective waterproofing product called Weather Seal, that is highly flexible and covers hairline cracks in plaster to prevent the ingression of moisture.

Step 4: Priming your walls for that professional painting look.

Before painting, it is good to first outline the walls with primer. This is called cutting in. After cutting in, it is now time to prime the entire wall. We stock a range of primers and undercoats and sealers that are perfect for your DIY paint project.

Step 5: Paint and clean up

Finally, it is time to paint that wall. Remember to sand the walls just before painting. When done painting, remember to remove the covers from surfaces and furniture to reveal your professionally painted walls.

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How to Paint over a dark colour

How to Paint over a dark colour

Whether you live in your own home or renting a home, sometimes you feel stuck with a dark paint colour on the wall. You might have painted it yourself, but grew tired of it, or you simply don’t know if you’d be able to get rid of the dark colour underneath if you painted over it with a lighter colour. Well, it is easier than you think and here is how.

Step 1: Prepare your wall

As always when it comes to painting, solid preparation is key. Check your wall for imperfections like peeling paint, holes, cracks, etc. Scrape off peeling paint and fill the holes and cracks with a Skimming Product like PLASTERSKIM or PLASTERFIX.

Step 2: Sand your Wall till smooth

Step 3: Plaster Primer

Because you are painting over a dark colour you have to first use a White MASONRY PLASTER PRIMER, and apply using a brush or medium pile synthetic roller. When rolling the paint on the wall, roll in large, wide “M” or “W” shapes. The spreading rate should be no less than 7-8 square metres per litre, depending on your wall, and make sure you leave it ample time to dry. Add a second coat to areas in which you can still see any of the previous colour through the primer. Leave it to dry again.
PRO TIP: You can colour your Plaster Primer to the same colour as your new Top Coat for even better obliteration.

Step4: Top Coat

Choose your colour in a good quality top coat that will give you a smooth and lasting finish like our SUPERIOR ACRYLIC for a beautiful matte colour. The Superior Acrylic Combines excellent UV resistance, washability and flexibility with a satin smooth low sheen finish.

Oh no! it’s the wrong colour! Avoid getting stuck with an ugly room

Oh no! it’s the wrong colour! Avoid getting stuck with an ugly room

Painting a room is such a quick and easy DIY project especially a small room or bathroom. You don’t need to move too much furniture or cover too many fixtures and fittings and the job is done in time for the rugby. And voila! The room is transformed by the sheer perfection of a few coats of paint.
Except that, the finished product is not what was expected. You now have three choices repaint, redecorate or learn to live with it.
But it doesn’t have to get this far with a little preparation, you can have the right colour and still manage to make it in time for the game.

Choose the colour from the room not the colour cards
Unless you plan to redecorate anyway don’t pick a colour from the colour cards, well not at first anyway. Take your cue from the existing items in the room and match those to a colour to paint the walls.

Don’t go for the extreme ends of the colour palette
Bright tones of a colour are great for painting smaller sections but select the middle or darker tones of the range for the walls. Save the louder or brighter tones for the decorations to add depth and interest to the overall effect of the room.

Don’t shoot from the hip, consider the end result
You know it when you see it and end up shaking your head and saying something like “Wow that person must really like green!” You don’t have to make the place look like it has been dunked in your favourite colour, consider the rooms function first and then bring in elements that incorporate your colour favourites.

Saving water tips for painters using water-based paints

Saving water tips for painters using water-based paints

Water is a most precious resource and yet it comes to us so freely and easily, that we can forget that we are supposed to be saving water. This is especially true when it comes to rinsing paint off brushes.

Prepare for the cleaning in advance
Watch the water wise video below featuring SuzelleDIY with Hellen Zille and get your bucket system up and running. This water saved can be used to clean your brushes. But don’t just pour it over your brushes here are a few more water wise tips for cleaning paint brushes.

Wipe off the excess paint first
Do this immediately after the painting job has been completed as waiting will allow the paint to dry and the brushes will be harder to clean.
Use an absorbent material such as an old rag, cloth or newspaper.

Fill two Containers with saved water
Fill two 20 litre containers with water – save/use your empty paint 20 litre containers for this. If you need to clean the containers a bit first, scrape the residual paint into a smaller container for later use and wipe the sides and bottom with an absorbent material.
Rinse your paint brushes in one container, use your fingers to open the bristles under water.
Transfer the washed brushes to the next container, seal and leave both over-night.

Recycle the water
The next day you will find that the paint solids have sunk to the bottom of the containers and the water on top will be clear. This clear water can be used to clean more brushes after the next job or you can carefully pour the clear water out onto your flowerbed or lawn.

Dispose of the residual paint
Once the water has been poured off, the paint solids at the bottom can be scraped out onto old newspaper and disposed of.


Tool Secrets

Tool Secrets

Do you know all there is to know about your tools?

Just as it is with any other object we use, tools have been specifically designed to be the best paint brush, screwdriver or measuring tape it can be. And here’s how they do it…

Measuring tape

Ever notice that the end of your measuring tape is a little ‘wobbly’ or loose? It’s meant to be!

The hook at the end of your measuring tape is designed to move in or out by 1mm (the width of the metal it is made of). You will notice that the markings on the tape allow for this too.

The reason: When measuring an internal dimension, the hook will slide in, to include the width of the hook in your measurement. When hooking it onto something for an outside measurement, it pulls out, to make up for this width.

Paint brush

Big brush, small brush… Wooden or plastic handle… Plastic bristles, natural bristles… Yet each of them has a little hole in the top of the handle…?

The reason: When you lay your paint brush down or stand it up in a container, the bristles will inevitably bend – shortening its lifespan. Instead, install some hooks or hang a wire to thread your paint brushes and keep them neat for longer.

Paint roller

The plastic handle to your roller has this u-shaped ‘protector’ at the end that is way too small to actually protect your hand against the paint splatter. Because that’s not what it’s for!

The reason: When laying down your roller in a tray or paint bucket, or after you’ve washed it, that u-shaped hook holds it, out of the paint, or hanging on the edge of your or basin.

Simple tricks to make life easier! And we’ve got a lot more here at Cotect Paints!

Get your DIY right

Get your DIY right

What’s DIW?

Doing It Wrong – that’s what it is!

If you’re preparing to paint a room yourself, here are some tiny things to help you achieve the perfect finish:

Be prepared

Cliché no 1.

Move & cover furniture to create easy access to walls (and prevent tears when you spill the paint!). Throw down drop sheets (plastic or newspaper) to protect floors from inevitable splatter. Clean off surfaces & fill or neaten any imperfections. Put on some old clothing or an overall to protect yourself. And get all your tools ready, so they are at hand when you need to grab something.

Don’t forget an old wet rag! 

Minimise obstacles

Windows & doors are hard to get rid of, but a light switch or plug cover – that’s easy. To get the perfectly neat finish around your electrical points, simply remove the covers and replace again after painting. For windows, doors or any other fixed obstacles, use painters tape (this works better than plain old masking tape) around all edges, to allow you to get the paint right into the corners.


Do not under circumstances skip the primer coat! Primer prepares your surface for your coloured top coat to adhere to and covers up the old paint and previous colour, so you’ll need fewer coats of colour to get complete obliteration.

Watching paint dry…

Cliché no 2.

The bottom line is: Do not paint over wet paint. Paint your primer, wait. Paint your first coat of colour, wait. Paint your second coat, wait. …I think you get the point.

Paint must be dry (to the touch) before applying the next coat. It allows proper bonding and colour obliteration and you could spoil your finish, as brush strokes & bubbling may show up.

But if you can’t remember any of these things, you can always ask our advisors at Cotect Paints.

Painting a Ceiling Made Easy

Painting a Ceiling Made Easy

Firstly you need a paint that covers well and has a good spreading rate. See Interior and Exterior Paints

The best and fastest way to paint a ceiling is if you have two people (do try your best not to be one of them!) You need a team of two because one paints with a brush from the wall to the ceiling, also called cutting, and the other person paints the rest of the ceiling using a roller. Lap marks result if the cut-in paint dries before you blend in the rolled area with the cut-in area, so try and work together, because the textures that a brush and roller leave are quite different.

Pro Tip: Before you use a new roller, wrap it with duct tape and then peel off the tape. This will get rid of all the loose fluff preventing any of it sticking in your paint on your beautifully painted ceiling.

If all else fails, of course, call the experts. We have a variety of Skimming Products that will make your handyman life a lot easier.