The long Easter weekend will see many of us tackling home decorating projects. We’ve sought some expert advice from leading Irish paint brand Colourtrend to help you paint like a pro

It’s always a good sign when a brand is used by the professionals. And when you go in to Davies of Bath in Monmouth Place, to pick up your decorating products and paints, you’re just as likely to be standing next to someone in the decorating trade as an individual intent on improving his or her own home.

Staff at the shop are able to offer expert advice and there’s also a home visit service, should you need some ideas on what would work in your own home. The Colourtrend paint displays at the shop offer a huge range of colours and surfaces to choose from.

So you’ve picked your colours, laid down your dustsheets and donned your old clothes ready for the big room makeover – but there are still some questions about the best ways to paint like a pro. We asked the experts at Colourtrend who have been dealing in paint for more than 60 years.

To spray, roll, or brush on the paint?

All three are widely accepted by professional painters, builders, architects and designers. Each has its advantages. Brushing and rolling are the more common of the three options.

Brushing is best for control of application on narrow surfaces, tight spots and edging. Minimal paint is wasted upon clean-up. Brushing gives great ease of applying a heavy coat when needed.

Rollers are very easy to use. They are efficient while keeping control of the paint and can be used for large areas while not putting paint where it shouldn’t be. However, unlike brushes they do waste quite a bit more paint in the clean-up.

Spraying is the most efficient application, for ease of applying a heavy coat when needed. Concern has been expressed about the possibility that spraying may not provide the best adhesion where the surface is at all chalky, whereas brushing would seem to mix up the chalk and facilitate better paint adhesion. However, testing has not borne this out. Spraying provides an exceptionally smooth finish, but, being so smooth, it can be impossible to touch up unnoticeably later.

Some painters spray, and then immediately back-roll in order to make the surface less uniform and thus easier to touch-up. Spraying has the disadvantages of time needed for clean-up. There could also be the need for use of a respirator and for protective clothing and masks.

Most new build homes are spray painted, although rolling and brushing are used, particularly on smaller jobs. Residential exterior re-painting is split between brushing and spraying while most interior residential repaint is done by brushing and rolling. Spraying is used a lot for skirting boards, doors and furniture where a smooth finish is required.

How do I get the edges neat?

Try using masking tape to mask off one area while applying the paint to the neighbouring area, to get a straight line. Apply the tape carefully, and press it down thoroughly. Masking tape should be removed promptly once the paint has dried otherwise it may be difficult to remove, stick too much and pull up the paint underneath. Low tack masking tape is more forgiving in this regard, and can be left on longer, usually for at least a day. Low tack masking tape is available at Davies of Bath.

Can I paint over mildew in the bathroom or kitchen?

Historic Templar Grey was used in the bathroom on the wood panelling

You will have to remove all mildew on the walls. When treating mildew, you need to allow the bleach to stay on the surface for at least 20 minutes, or the mildew will not be killed (even though the colour disappears), and it can grow back. To treat the area, use a 3:1 mixture of water to household bleach and leave on for at least 20 minutes, reapplying as it dries. Protect your eyes, breathing and skin during application and rinsing. Rinse off the area thoroughly; then thoroughly wash it and rinse again and allow to dry fully. For best results, apply an epoxy primer, available from Colourtrend. Then apply two coats of Colourtrend Soft Sheen.

How do I paint a light colour over an existing dark wall?

Firstly be sure that the surface to be painted is clean, dry and free from dirt or grease. To help the colour change from dark to light use a base coat of either Colourtrend Primer Sealer Undercoat or Colourtrend Interior Matt tinted a light grey – ask your Colourtrend expert for Foundation Coat 1.

Apply this base coat with a quality roller with a three eighths of an inch synthetic nap. Be sure to apply a heavy coat of the base coat, because the beneficial properties of the priming coat depend on having the full film thickness. Allow the prime coat to dry overnight, before applying two coats of your chosen Colourtrend finish.

Davies of Bath stocks a huge range of Colourtrend paints, including the Historic and Contemporary Collections. There is parking and the shop is open 7.30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am – 4pm on Saturdays. Colour consultancy sessions can be booked by appointment, tel: 01225 423749, visit: rabart.co.uk/locations/rabart-bath-davies-of-bath.

To find out more about Colourtrend Paints, visit: colourtrend.co.uk.

Main picture, a feature wall has been created using Colourtrend Paint Frozen Stream