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  Good Repair Guide: Interior Painting


All interior painted finishes within a domestic building deteriorate slowly over time and will require repainting to clean and freshen the surfaces or to continue protecting the substrate. The frequency of repainting depends on the amount of fading caused by UV exposure, damage or wear, and internal humidity levels - high levels of internal moisture that cause condensation to form on surfaces can result in mould growth, staining and paint deterioration.

Painted interior surfaces include ceilings, walls, window frames, doors and door frames, kitchen joinery and trims such as cornices (or scotias), architraves and skirtings. Materials that are likely to have a paint finish include timber, plasterboard, fibrous plaster, softboard, hardboard, fibre-cement, particleboard, MDF and pressed metal ceiling and wall panelling.

Textured ceiling finishes may have also been painted, but before any repainting is carried out, the textured finish will need to be tested to determine if it contains asbestos. If asbestos is present, engage a specialist contractor to advise if the texture has to be removed or, if soundly adhered to the ceiling lining, painted over.

This book highlights the common problems, rules and regulations, health and safety, preparation, selecting and how to paint, brushes, roller and other applications, spray painting and most importantly cleaning up.