Assessing facts - Surrounding area assessment // Post #5

Date:

July 2022

Reading time:

2 min.

Author:

Cornelius Olejarz - CEO / Founder

A painted house A painted house

Chapter 1: Assessing facts - Is painting necessary and what to paint?

Topic 4: Surrounding area assessment

Hi!

 

That’s the fourth mini-article in the series about painting.
 

In this episode we want to talk about how to assess what should be moved, where to, or removed, what for and what could happen if we won’t.

 

Most often moving or removing concerns tables, chairs and other furniture, gardening tools, birdhouses, antennas and unused cables and last, but not least - cars. We move things at least a few meters away from the space we’re going to paint. General rule for free space is: the more, the better.


Things moved out helps us (as with removing hanging redundants described in earlier episode “Assessing facade”) keep the most surface flat and easy to paint rather than detailing all around. Continuous painting provides a higher chance to keep the whole surface (e.g. wall) proper color. It might be seen with a bare eye if we paint a part of the wall and the paint would dry while we’d be moving things around, from the part painted afterwards.

 

To make sure our stuff doesn't get damaged, we can cover them with a painting foil. We also keep these things safe from damaging chemicals like cleaners or paint.


Please, also remember to check where you park your cars. We want them away from the surrounding area as chemicals interacting with your car’s paint can cause a lot of unpleasant surprises. We surely don’t want any cars, especially by the wall we’re just painting. Most often the best idea is to delimit temporary parking space to outside of property.


Making good planning (we’ll cover it in another episode) is essential for moving things around if there’s plenty of them and not much space.

 

A good reason to move and keep things away is dripping and splashing paint while painting or because of the wind. Painting techniques is a broad subject matter and we’ll cover it in another episode.

 

It’s important to take a step back and look at the surroundings for safety reasons. Free space lets the work go smoothly and focus on really important things rather than jumping and avoiding things around.


Free space is also important because of the need to reach quite high. That leads us to ladders, lifts and scaffoldings. In the next bonus episode we will talk about how to use a ladder and when to use lift or scaffolding.


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Best regards,

Cornelius with the Team

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