Painting heritage places
Heritage properties play a large part in Brisbane’s history and culture. Being an owner or carer of a heritage place could be rewarding but also challenging. This article is going to help you in several ways as regards to painting such a property. Firstly, we’re going to let you in on all the things that you need to know before you think about painting a heritage property. Then we are going to give you a step by step overview of all the processes you need to follow in order to make the decision of painting your heritage property.
Before You Start Painting
Brisbane, like any other place, has specific regulations when it comes to the decoration and upkeep of heritage properties. Because of this, there are a lot of things that you will need to bear in mind before you get the paint out ready to give your property a refresh. Most importantly of all is to make sure you have the contact details of a relevant authority, as well as a qualified painter/restorer of heritage properties. Whilst you might want to do the work yourself, it always pays to have qualified experts on hand to help, as going ahead when you are unsure can be very costly as well as potentially undo all the hard work you’ve put in.
With those contacts sorted, you will want to get photos of your property that show it in as close to original condition as you can find. This is because with a Brisbane heritage property, you will be required to keep it in as close to the original state as possible. That means you are going to have to find the right type, concentration and colour of paint, which will be your next step. You’ll have to also pay attention to any particular style of painting or decorating, as these stylistic choices will also have to be adhered to.
Once you have done that, you will probably think that you can get started. Wrong! Chances are, with a heritage property, you’ll have to undo some of the damage that has occurred over the years. Follow this process closely.
The Process of Painting A Heritage Property
Firstly, you’ll want to check the walls for damage. You will need to fill in any holes or cracks in the walls (make sure that they are cosmetic and not structural first!) You will also want to clean the walls to stop accumulated debris from becoming a feature of your newly painted property.
If you have to remove old paint before starting, be very careful! A lot of paints pre-modern safety standards contain toxic materials. So take all the precautions of wearing gloves and masks,and please contact a specialist if needed.
Rectify those mistakes of the past by picking non-toxic paints which are as close to the original as possible.
Finally, when the wall is prepared fully, make sure to paint evenly and bearing in mind any particular stylistic details that will need to be adhered to.