Safety first in painting and decorating
When it comes to all painting and decorating works we do, the first priority is safety first.
Working at heights can be dangerous and for most jobs that we do, using the correct weight bearing ladders on a stable surface is suitable to safely gain access to the surfaces that need to be prepared and painted
From time to time however we do come across areas on a house where a ladder is not a safe option or will not efficiently reach the required area.
Below are two examples of exterior painting and decorating jobs we have recently completed where a ladder will not reach and it is not safe to stand on a sloping tiled roof
As a result scaffolding was installed to enable a safe work platform to stand on to enable the required surfaces to be prepared and painted
Below is an example of a home we painted which had interior cathedral ceilings. Due to the high pitch of the roof a ladder was not a safe or effective means to paint the higher areas.
Here we organised a portable scaffolding unit to be easily moved around the room to enable us to safely paint the surfaces in a time efficient way
This is the same home which also had a large pitch in the staircase, making it a challenge to reach the higher areas of the walls and pitched ceilings safely
Again scaffold was used to create a safe work platform to enable the surfaces to be prepared and painted
We will also from time to time if access permits use elevated work platforms such as a scissor lift or boom lift as well
If you do have a house where there are some hard to get to areas, we will think of a solution to be able to paint these surfaces in a safe and cost effective way
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K & D Bak Painting and Decorating, residential and commercial painting and decorating services, covering Melbourne's East and South Eastern Suburbs, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong Ranges, West Gippsland and the Yarra Valley
Here are more examples of wallpaper feature walls we have recently completed
Both paper designs are Laura Ashley and match the paint colour on the three corresponding walls.
Lounge room - wallpaper supplied by client but available for purchase here http://www.laura-ashley.com.au/Std-Wp-Summer-Palace.aspx?p53342
Nursery - Wallpaper supplied by client http://www.laura-ashley.com.au/Std-Wp-Lille-White.aspx?p49625
We recently completed the refit of a commercial shop front in Pakenham in conjunction with local sign supplier Signarama Pakenham. Signarama referred this job to us as we belong to the same BNI Pakenham Achievers Chapter
Previously a discount store, the new tenants were a Cartridge World franchise. Signage had to be based on the registered colours registered with Dulux by Cartridge World
As a result in this instance we did use Dulux Paints
Whilst normally a job like this would be simple we had the challenge of textured bricks which made it harder to keep a clean straight line. As a result we did use masking tape to ensure a even straight line was in place with the paintwork on the adjoining business as well as the horizontal lines at the bottom
Before 1970, paints containing high levels of lead were used in many Australian houses.
Exposure to lead is a health hazard. Even small amounts of dust or chips of paint containing lead, generated during minor home repairs, can be a health risk.
Lead in house paint is a problem only if it is damaged or disturbed. Paint in good condition that is not flaking or chalking, or is covered by well maintained lead free paint is not a hazard in itself.
Lead can also be a hazard when it is on surfaces subject to friction or impact such as windows and doors, or on railings where children can chew it. High concentrations of lead found in garden soils in older residential areas can be due to residue from lead-based paint.
Lead-based paint is most likely to be found on window frames, doors, skirting boards, kitchen and bathroom cupboards, exterior walls, gutters, metal surfaces and fascias. It can also be found on interior walls, ceilings and areas with enamel paint. Pink and red primer both contain lead, so you should think twice before disturbing any surface which has had any of these paints applied.
Anyone painting a house or doing maintenance that could disturb paint containing lead should avoid exposing themselves and their families, neighbours and pets to its hazards.
The Australian standard for lead removal is AS4361.2:1998 Guide to lead paint management – Residential and commercial buildings
K & D Bak Painting and Decorating attended the Master Painters of Victoria on 23rd August 2013 and obtained accreditation in CPCCPD3031A “Implement Safe Lead Paint and Asbestos Work Practices in the Painting Industry”.
This is another reason why you should you should use a professional qualified painter and decorator to complete painting works as these risks can be easiliy identified and we have the practices to ensure safe methods of preparation and removal to minimise any harm on you and your loved ones.
When you think of wallpaper, is it images like this that come to mind?
Wallpaper has come in and out of fashion and now with modern technology and printing processes, nearly any image you like can be turned into a fun, modern or classic finish you are looking for.. So whether you are after a bold or bright print or a subtle textured look, the huge variety of wall papers gives you a very individual and contemporary look that painting just can’t match. Beautiful Wallpaper can make such a statement and really transform a space.
No longer are we seeing just whole rooms being wallpapered with feature walls or even parts of walls as well as alcoves or recessed areas now becoming more commonplace for the application of wallpaper.
Using a professional Painter and Decorator will ensure that the wallpaper is hung correctly so it’s in line with the walls, the pattern matches up and you don’t have problems with peeling and blistering. Prior to applying the paper, the wall surface will also be filled (if necessary) and prepared to ensure and even and lasting finish.
As there are so many different designs and patterns available we always request the client purchase their choice of wallpaper. We always recommending purchasing more than the actual wall measurements to ensure patterns can be lined up correctly which is more important with
If you would like a no obligation quote, please contact us so we can arrange this for you
Further information on our wallpapering services is here and gallery here
We often get customers asking us if they can reduce the costs of their painting by using a trade paint instead of the high quality paints that we prefer to use.
If you are prepared to pay for someone to paint your home, why then try to save a few dollars for an inferior quality paint.
All paints are measured on the following
Trade paints generally perform lower than high quality paints in all three areas.
Coverage tends to be uneven and if going from light to dark (or vice versa) often three coats are needed to fully cover the surface
These paints also tend to peel, flake and rub off more easily when being washed or scrubbed and are more prone to absorbing stains
In addition, trade paints are less durable with marks, scratches, knocks and bumps showing up a lot easier after minimal impact to the wall
Furthermore these paints have higher levels of VOC's releasing these toxic fumes into the air you breath long after the paint has been applied.
This is why we prefer to use high quality paints, while they may add on a few dollars to the cost of the work, you will find the surface looks better, is more durable to washing, scrubbing, stains and bumps as well as being kinder to the environment and the air you breathe.
Quality paints we prefer to use are listed here - Preferred Paint Products
Many people ask us, why use a qualified painter and decorator over a brush hand, a handyman or someone who has just decided to pick up a paint brush as it looks easy?