DIY & self-cairDIY Painting Guide

DIY Painting Guide

A coat of paint is all you need to transform your space radically. With proper preparation, it’s simpler than you think. And with cair, it’s also more enjoyable. Here’s our handy DIY painting guide, with all the steps to follow for a great painting process!


Breathe easy, and have fun! (Scroll to the end to watch Inch Chua’s DIY painting in action!)

Items Needed:
  • Paint rollers (with extra roller covers for different colours) 
  • Paintbrushes 
  • Paint tray  
  • Drop cloth 
  • Painter’s tape 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Paint scraper 
  • Rags 
  • Sponge 
General Recommendations 
  • Wait for dry weather before painting as humidity will slow down the drying process. Ensure good ventilation in the room during and after painting.   
  • Invest in good quality brushes, roller covers and painter’s tape. If you are splurging on paint, you don’t want to pinch pennies on brushes. 
  • The more textured your wall, the thicker the nap of your roller brush should be.  Nap refers to the length of the fibres on your roller.
Step 1: Preparation 

Note that if you’ve got molding issues with your surfaces, you need to remove it first before continuing. You can engage a molding service to remove the problem. (If molding is recurrent and severe, you should consult a mold specialist to solve the root problem).  

Do a thorough inspection of the surface before painting.  

  • Scrape or lightly sand down any cracked, flaking or peeling areas. 
  • Use a bright light along the wall surface to check for any dents or defects and fill them up with a putty knife and spackling compound. Once dried, lightly sand smooth. 
  • Engage in molding services to remove mold from walls, as mentioned above.
  • Greasy spots may need little washing with soap followed by rinsing with clear water and drying with a separate cloth. 
  • Give walls a quick wipe-down with a damp sponge to remove dust and allow to dry before applying your sealer or paint (Do not use alcohol-based solvents).
  • Cover furniture and floors with drop cloths. Cover the surface trimmings (such as door and window frames) with painter’s tape.
Step 2: Application of Sealer (Highly Recommended)  

Sealer is important to ensure your surfaces are literally sealed up, trapping any particles already embedded in the surface from affecting your paint coat.

Here’s how to apply a sealer layer:

  • Use a brush to outline the edges of the surface. This creates a “safety net”, so your roller brush doesn’t touch other parts of the room while applying the sealer. 
  • Using a roller brush, fill up the rest of the ceiling space painting in a W-motion before painting a top-to-bottom fashion to smoothen out your paint strokes. 
  • Wait for sealer layer to dry before applying paint.  
Preparation of Paint 

Shake or stir the paint. Pour a good amount into the paint tray. And you’re ready to go.


gush cair interior paint has been formulated such that it is suitable for immediate application straight from the tin. Should there be a need to thin our paint, only clean water should be used, as contamination of the paint will shorten its lifespan. As a rule of thumb, water added to paint should never exceed 15% of the overall paint solution as this would severely reduce our paints efficacy. Nonetheless, adding water to our paint is not necessary, and up to your own discretion if you do.

Step 3: Painting 

Paint your rooms in this order: ceiling, walls and trimmings (This prevents drips and splatters) 


  • Apply first coat of paint in the same fashion as how you applied the sealer layer.  


  • Allow this coat to dry before applying the second coat as going back too early leaves marks and colour streaks.  


  • Wait for the ceiling to dry completely before moving to the walls. (We recommend for both walls and ceilings to be coated with 2 layers of gush cair interior paint). 


  • Repeat these steps when applying paint to your walls. 


  • Once your walls have dried completely, remove painter’s tape from your trimmings and paint using a small brush. Go against the grain of the wood.  

For touch-dry, gush cair interior paint just requires 30 mins at room temperature (30°C). For over-coating, a minimum of 1 hour is required under normal conditions.

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Step 4: Clean-Up 


  • Scrape off excess paint from brushes using the rim of paint can and onto newspaper before cleaning in soapy water


  • Wash the brush in a pail of soapy water. Work through the bristles with your hands, to really get all the paint off.


  • Spin the brush in a pail. Remove any remaining paint and water.


  • Wrap the brush with newspaper and tie it loosely with string to retain the shape of the brush. 


If you’ll be using the same paint again the next day, wrap the wet roller, after washing, in a plastic shopping bag and seal it with a tie. This will keep it from drying out. 

Disposal of Paint

gush cair interior paint (or any paint for that matter) should not be disposed in liquid form. Do not: 

  • Pour it into sinks, drains or soil 
  • Leave paint cans for regular trash pick-up 
  • Burn paint 

All paints should be hardened or dried by disposal. You can use shredded cardboard or newspaper (or any other absorptive materials) to help absorb paint and speed up the solidification process.  

Want a visual guide? Here’s Inch Chua outlining the steps as she paints her room with cair.  


Painting with cair (DIY with Inch Chua)

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