Interior Painting Services

From the ceiling to the floor, we tackle any interior painting project you can throw at us. Below is a list of our full interior services, click on them to see a more detailed description of each.


Our General Interior Process In Detail

1) After the quote is accepted, we will agree on a project start date. We will arrive at your project address on the agreed start date, it is advantageous for the owner of the property (or project manager) to meet us at the beginning of the project so we can have a final discussion and ensure no tasks have been over looked during the quotation process.  We have found on many occasions that it is fairly easy for a miscommunication or misunderstanding to occur which is why we put great details in our quote note section.  Having a walkthrough the project before work commences is a second line of defense against these events from occurring and helps to ensure a smooth work process. 

2) We move any remaining items in our work spaces to the centre of the room, cover a with plastic sheet to catch paint splatters and also apply a sticky plastic layer to any exposed carpet . If the house is empty and the carpet is not being replaced the entirety of the carpet will be protected with this sticky plastic.  Other companies try to use the old method of using drop clothes which is an inferior protection option. Often we will double layer this plastic, this method means we could spill an entire bucket of paint on the floor and not damage the carpet, obviously we do not intend that to happen! But accidents do happen and its better to be safe than sorry.  We also remove things like faceplate covers on light switches and wall sockets and things like door handles and hardware.  Any thing we remove is labeled and is stored safely.  On some older houses we may not remove door handles as sometimes it can create more problems than solutions. 

3) As with any painting  project, preparation is key, this is the next step. All homes are different, as with our customers needs, but here are a few of our general preparation guidelines.

  • Any mouldy, greasy or dirty surfaces (eg fly spots on ceilings) will be cleaned and treated, if the mould is severe and has penetrated the Gib board the only way to eliminate it entirely is to replace the affected boards.  This is a worst case scenario and would only apply to older, damp homes and some bathrooms. 99.9 percent of the time a good clean with exit mould, a sand and an oil based undercoat will treat these issues very effectively.

  • All surfaces will have any loose or flakey paint removed before receiving a thorough sand.  This is especially important for windows, doors and frames, skirting boards and any other high wear/traffic areas to ensure our coating system adheres to the existing surface.  Ceilings and walls generally require a light sand to remove any lumps but being a softer substrate it means it is a largely easier job.

  • After a through clean/sand we apply our undercoats before any defects are fixed, this shows up the defects in the surface more clearly and provides a solid surface for the preparation products to adhere to.  If you have selected a Resene colour we will use Resene products and vice versa with Dulux.  As although each company can match the others colours, it is never a perfect match and sometimes is vastly different.  Both Resene and Dulux have warranties on their products but these become void if another companies undercoats have been used underneath their top coat products, so to ensure the warranties stays valid, we will use each companies entire paint system for your project and not mix and match.

  • Most interior woodwork (widows and doors etc.) require a full undercoat as they are always higher in sheen level and also painted with old enamel paint. We like to use acrylic enamels as they are more safe for us as applicators, you as a customer and also the environment. But applying them over and old shiney, full gloss oil enamel paint raises structural issues.  If they do not receive a full undercoat, even with the best preparation, there is a higher chance of our acrylic, water based coatings peeling and chipping off.  There are a few examples where they do not require a full undercoat, these being: a) if the surface has been painted previously with acrylic enamels and are in good condition or b) you choose to use an oil based enamel. Oil based enamel in itself has better adhesion properties than acrylics  as their chemical makeup is smaller than waters.  Oil based products seep further into the porous surface created from sanding and provide greater adhesion, the only areas that will need undercoating are any bare areas of timber, the rest is good to go with 2 oil based top coats.  This saves time and in turn money, but if you have children living in the home, especially babies or toddlers, we recommend taking the acrylic option.  At each quote we will discuss each option and each of their benefits with you.

  • Any gaps around edges are sealed with Salleys no more gaps or an equivalent product, if it is a wet area we also seal the gap between the floor and the skirting boards.  This ensures no water can seep through the gap and soak into the floor/walls if you were to accidentally flood the room, instead, isolating the water for an easier mop up.  Many companies miss this and although it may still look good, it does not provide any flood protection.

  • Any surface imperfections will be filled using a hard spackling on woodwork and plaster on walls/ceilings.  Every customer is different and some are more particular than others (eg. someone who is renovating their home to live in is going to be more particular than a customer having their rental painted in between tenants.) Whatever your needs are, we can accommodate and adapt to suit. There's no point in paying a premium price to paint the interior of your rental property in Manuera as more than likely it will get damaged sooner than your own home, the surface imperfections is where you can save some time and money as it is purely aesthetic but unless otherwise specified we will fill all defects as to ensure a premium end product.

  • Any cracks in ceilings or walls are fixed using a fibreglass tap and a 3 coat plaster system.  The tape is like reinforcing in concrete, it restricts movement of the joint in the wallboards and helps to ensure it will not crack again.  We also screw the wallboards back to the studs to secure them firmly.  Houses are constantly moving and expanding through weather and ground movements so it is impossible to fix these cracks sometimes, but our process ensures they are structurally sound for as long as possible. 

  • The last task before any paint application is to sand and undercoat any filler or plaster we have applied.  Once this is done, we sand the undercoat, dust off the surfaces and clean the work space ready for application. 

4) Paint application.   The preparation is the most difficult and time consuming part, painting is the easy part and once we start to apply the top coat paints we are already 3 quarters completed.  We like to work methodically so if you are having more than one room done, the following process will apply:

  • Paint all ceilings

  • Paint all woodwork (windows/doors etc.)

  • Apply masking tape to skirting boards and around door frames for crisp paint lines as desired

  • Apply the first coat to the walls

  • Inspect walls for a final time for any defects, fix any defects and undercoat, apply a first top coat to these patches

  • Apply the final top coat to walls 

  • Remove all masking tape, floor protection and plastic covers over furniture 

  • Reinstate any hardware removed in stage 2

5) Cleaning. Where possible, we like to bring in professional cleaners after we are completed to give the finishing touches to your home.  Some customers do not desire this service if they are having major renovation work done but generally if we are painting an entire interior, we will have a full cleaning crew come through.  Smaller jobs are taken care of by us.  Throughout the entire work process we try to maintain a clean work environment as much as possible, even more so if you will be living in the home, we will remove all gear and paint and isolate it to one room or area out of your way as much as possible on a daily basis.  This is especially important if young children will be present.  Sometimes it may even be advantageous for both parties if the property was vacant but obviously this is not always an option, so we try to make it as less of a headache as possible for you.  We also bring our own rubbish bins to site with industrial grade bags which are removed replaced regularly if it is a large project.

6) Inspection. Here's where we walk you through your new home, if you have any issues with the finished product now is the time to address them, before we have left and started another project.  Most of the time we complete our jobs with no touch ups but sometimes there may be minor things we have missed which we are more than happy to address, we will not ask for a final payment until you are 100% happy with our product as we understand and respect the value of reputation.

7) We're done! Your interior has been transformed.  You're free to decorate our product with art and furniture as you please! We will generate a final invoice that shows any deposit/progress payments made to date and the outstanding amount.  This final invoice will also include the 5 year written workmanship warranty and its conditions. If you are thrilled with the results and have enjoyed our services,  we ask that you kindly leave us a review on google.  It helps us to continue to deliver the same excellent service to other Auckland property owners for years to come.  You can leave us a review HERE.

All of the above are guidelines based off the general painting and decorating of the common New Zealand home.  Every home is different though which is why we are starting a blog on the various different types of homes/structures and their different painting requirements.  Painting may seem simple, but as with everything, their is a science and an art behind it, at Innovative Coatings, we are scientific artists :)


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