21 May, 2009

Decorate with colour swatches!

Admit it! Most of us have a thing for colour swatches. If you never collected at least a dozen of swatches – you probably never painted your home. Having to choose a single colour from the pile of beautiful sweet little swatches is an absolute torture! But did it even appear to you that you can have them ALL?!!

This genius idea was posted by guys at the Design*Sponge blog - a feature wall made from over 1,000 free colour swatches. Happy home decorating everyone!! :-)

17 May, 2009

Project of a Month - MAY 1

OL' PAINTING has just finished one of the largest Strata Title painting projects of this year Palladium - a massive apartment complex in Pyrmont, just a walk to Sydney CBD. It spreads over 1,000m², has 11 levels, 4 foyers and 279 units. Palladium was a bit more than just a project of a month - it took many long nights of planning and 5 months to complete.

OL' PAINTING painted all interior common areas – foyers, corridors, lifts, unit doors (all 279 of them!), 176 service doors, pool areas. Just think of a challenge we had – to contact every single of 279 residents and make sure they keep their unit doors open so we can paint them. Once you’ve done with this – the rest is a peace of cake! :))) We have an experience in planning and management the projects of this size, And the job run easy and on schedule. We are happy to report that during the whole length of this job we have not received a single complain from any of the residents, Palladium Management or a strata manager- Bright & Duggan.

We used low LOC water based Dulux Aquaenamel for all woodwork. As I mentioned in this article, low VOC paints are great for large internal strata jobs with poorly ventilated enclosed corridors. Conventional paints will most certainly trigger allergies and strong reaction in some residents. As we used a water based enamel in our job and this issue never came up.

09 May, 2009

Lead Paint Leads to...

There are over 3.5 million homes built before 1978 in Australia. Most of them have paint that contains high levels of lead – a highly toxic metal, which if not managed can endanger human health, especially young children and pregnant women.

If you house is built prior 1978 it most likely contains lead paint, unless it was removed during previous renovations.

If you suspect that your house has lead hazards ask a professional painter trained in lead management to test the area. DIY lead test kits also are available from most of paint or good hardware stores.

Why Is Lead Dangerous?
Lead cannot be excreted. It stores in the body for up to 20-30 years in bone, from where it can be mobilized back into the blood. From a single exposure, lead is readily absorbed and quickly distributed to the following areas of the body: blood (1%), soft tissue (4%) and bones/teeth (95%).

Lead is especially dangerous for children under the age of 6. It can cause irreversible brain damage and can impair mental functioning. It can retard mental and physical development and reduce attention span.

In adults, lead poisoning can cause irritability, problems with reproduction, poor muscle coordination and nerve damage to the sense organs and nerves controlling the body. Lead distorts the production of red blood cells in the body. Anaemia can occur if lead accumulates in blood and in blood-forming tissues (bone marrow).

Where is lead paint found?
Lead paint can be present on any painted surface. But it is most often found on internal woodwork, house verandas and outside walls.

Similar to asbestos, lead paint is not usually a hazard if it is in good condition and left undisturbed. It is a dust from deteriorating or damaged lead-based paint that is very dangerous.

Prior to 1978 the oxide of lead was commonly used as a whitener and drying agent in paints in Australia. Today, lead is a designated hazardous substance and its use is highly regulated.

What To Do If Your House Contains Lead?
There are some immediate actions you can take to reduce your family’s risk of lead poisoning:

  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Consult your doctor. A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead in children and adults.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Clean floors, window frames, window sills, and other surfaces weekly.
  • Wash children’s hands often, especially before they eat and before nap or bed time.
  • Keep play areas clean. Wash bottles, pacifiers, toys, and stuffed animals regularly.
  • Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces.
  • Make sure children eat nutritious, low-fat meals high in iron and calcium, such as spinach and dairy products. Children with good diets absorb less lead.

Removing Lead From Your House
Use a professional painter trained in lead paint management to remove lead based pant.
Do not attemp to do it yourself. In recent decades, the majority of children admitted to hospitals with lead poisoning were as a result of unsafe home renovation and maintenance activities.

Never attemp to remove lead-based paint with a belt-sander, propane torch, high temperature heat gun, dry scraper, or dry sandpaper. These actions create large amounts of lead dust and fumes. Lead dust can remain in your home and arround it long after the work is done.

Sources:
www.lead.org.au , www.housing.nsw.gov.au , www.environment.gov.au , “Protect Your Family From Lead In Your Home” by EPA,
MPL Laboratories “Fact Sheet”

02 May, 2009

Project of a Month - APRIL 2

We just completed painting for “Benleight” – Chatswood high-rise apartment block. At this stage we painted all exterior surfaces of a lower levels podium.

Blocks of units without a setback are always a bit of a challenge. You have to manage a pedestrian traffic safely. We also try to avoid using boom whenever possible – a council permit and fees usually make project unfeasible (you would think they want buildings in their area to be well maintained…). Claiming up and down a ladder all day with paint and rollers is much harder and slower then an easy ride in a boom lifts. But it helps to avoid council fees and keep the project cost down.