Top ideas on how to paint your house like an expert designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The feared time to get the outside of the house cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a couple of things you actually require to know, so we create some of our finest leading tips and embellishing recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it before, or want to paint for the first time, these crucial techniques and pointers will help you accomplish a good finish, and do it safely too.
Painting the house is NOT an easy job and in most cases, we would advise calling a decorator or wall covering specialist, but if you expensive trying yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting guru Person Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that little bit simpler!
The following tips belong to painting the OUTSIDE of your home, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my ideas that relate to both activities.
Plus we also take a look at the potential DANGERS involved in taking on a large home improvement job like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some scary data on accidents whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you read on …
Remember that preserving the character of your house will be something that you must think about prior to you start the job and if your home is listed or in a conservation area, they might be particular limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our top 10 tips to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This may seem incredibly obvious to everyone but you would be surprised how many people stop working to prepare, and then of course plan to fail, so make a note of what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to sit down and compose an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Note any repairs or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and possibly likewise exercise just how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Prepare to paint!
Another thing individuals do not seem to do is to prepare THEMSELVES for the work ahead.
Painting a house is NOT the same as taken a seat in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes hard work and if you do not make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look awful.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and understands the significance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Ensure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you don’t end up painting the patio area and your yard too.
Make sure you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not used to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe use.
Make certain likewise you wear old or overall clothes as numerous outside paints and wall coatings, particularly water resistant ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the products needed to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals starting their decorating in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another journey to the Do It Yourself shop yes?
Meanwhile that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and continue, when the entire wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: The only way you can be sure, if you are unsure about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid strongly on!), AND THEN pour every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and after that blend them entirely.
Then simply dispense the paint you need from the larger container.
This also saves waste and that indicates IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place quite often, specifically with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Select the best masonry paint you can manage.
- Brushes and rollers of different sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Handle with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and assorted hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and gain access to equipment. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This need to be more or less all you will require nevertheless keep in mind, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
LEADING TIP: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job and take twice as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of the house before painting.
Gradually your house, especially if situated beside a road, will get gunk, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, due to the fact that paint won’t treat it, will not clean it, and also paint, when finished, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls ahead of time, and allow to dry, your general paint surface will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is usually simple to find, nevertheless for the best painting task, you require to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green growth, they may be hiding a damp issue within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to look at it BEFORE you apply the paint.
This likewise applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.
If your house has a lot of grime then use a power washer, but just the type that is used to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash job we did in Dublin.
5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, however if you have actually refrained from doing this before, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, but there’s a couple of things you need to know before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you don’t want it to go, you need to mask up locations that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you develop a fine mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, but your vehicle too, and your other half’s prized rose bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the picture we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Because not just will this tip **** save you about 2 days of tidying up **** later on, its just expert, basic as that. ACT like a professional if you desire to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite simply, most of any house painting job is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to look at any fractures that require filling, perhaps old render that has come away from the wall and is hollow, and eliminate mould, dirt and gunk from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any bumps, fractures and holes.
If you take some time in preparing, and you don’t need to be a professional designer, you will SAVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, countless individuals get eliminated, or at best, injure themselves by falling from roofs, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple if you are not utilized to paint a house, to stand back to appreciate your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, especially a high house is often not a good concept for the beginner painter so look through the yellow pages for a respectable scaffolding company.
You would preferably discover one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and likewise proof of insurance coverage.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I indicate psychologically, not simply prepared as in “I just invested a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You must have already picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to set about it (!) and have actually moved away products that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and needs to be dealt with as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed previously in the text, is essential if your paint task is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be sorted, rotten wood requires replacing, missing out on window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.
If by this stage you do not feel great, this is informing you to get a guy in instead! It might really save you cash as an appropriate decorator will have the ability to the job in a couple of days that would take you a number of weeks.
When you are positive that all is well, you need to begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably using scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the best finish.
Another fantastic time-saving suggestion is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, but what about attention to information?
The professional painter will spend a lot of time on details, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners where the roller didn’t reach, or making sure the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will give good, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a master finish whenever.
One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make sure the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a couple of mm only.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you do not raise the tape or get paint under it.
As quickly as you have actually ended up one line or section, carefully get rid of the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you might find that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist an unique painters tape, offered from your regional Do It Yourself store, which is better for this sort of thing, but more pricey than masking tape.
LEADING IDEA: For a master finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade store and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to inform the general public.
Animals must be kept well away from any work you do, as the last thing “Rover” the Labrador wants when he is playing in the garden is his head to get covered in paint, or for him to think consuming your brush thinners seems like a great concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the location or the paint you are painting.
Check your paint, and even your skills, on an odd area at ground level, on a really little location to start with. Ensure the surface you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well mixed, and your brush does not shed bristles.
8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s much easier.
Because of the low possibility of rain, many Do It Yourself painters wrongly believe the finest time to paint your house is mid summer season.
The very best sort of weather condition to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.
This is since when you paint a wall on a warm day, the sun will shine on the wall and I guarantee that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye stress.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall might end up struggling with a term not widely known in Do It Yourself circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients included in the paint ending up being affected by moisture which then brings elements of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal container known as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, utilize the unique tray or elongated containers (troughs) developed to work with rollers.
You can buy a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for using paint with a roller, you need a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some likewise have handy hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
Location the cover back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has an excellent covering of paint but not too much so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, however remember a lot of house paint tasks need 2 coats of paint, so focus as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the job off!
What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to finish the task off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue areas fixed, or it just ruins all the effort you take into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other area outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or a minimum of the area nearest to your house.
This will finish it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the store. This can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a good tip at the end if you are doing some painting for somebody else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic surface.
The final pointer I will provide you today is to begin your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This initially seems apparent but with the unskilled painter might be doing not have confidence they typically begin at the bottom and work up.
We know this as quite often the eager Do It Yourself painter will begin the task, realise he or she can’t finish it and after that they call NEVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP decorators are understood by that extremely name? TOP!
You must always start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, and work downwards, even if only to be able to have the chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor exterior?
There is an approach and a right way to do practically everything in life, and, supplied you take heed to this collection of lovely basic ideas, and use the technique properly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the last eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and designing is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take risks and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under quote how significant a task painting the house can be.
It is important also that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I don’t imply extremely confident as all of us have our fears and concerns if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, but if you are definitely frightened things of this then do yourself a favour and hire someone else to paint your home!
Painting the outside does at least need some planning and preparation but if you get it right, you can anticipate a nice looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and designers have to go through a specific training duration prior to they are let loose on houses and business premises, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t attempt to paint your house if you truly don’t have a hint or lack confidence as it is hard.
ESSENTIAL SAFETY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for DIY related mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers showing up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder mishaps send 41,000 people to medical facility yearly– frequently resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death when people fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous tools according to the Home Accident Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 accidents in the Dublin each year).
2. Saws (15,100).
3. Grinders (6,400).
4. Hammers (5,800).
5. Chisels (3,900).
6. Screwdrivers (3,400).
7. Power Drills (3,000).
8. Axes (2,200).
9. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Devices (2,000).
The top 10 DIY materials to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 mishaps).
- Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
- Metal bars, sheets etc. (12,800).
- Nails (15,400).
- Bricks (8,000).
- Paint and paint pots (3,900).
- Glue, paste and so on (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Common DIY mishaps include cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from ceilings and slabs falling onto hands and feet.
When they hurry tasks or are tired, individuals typically make errors.
Many individuals overestimate their abilities, for instance gas and electric work must be left to the experts, and the exact same opts for decorating.
Wise words indeed.
Some times, deciding to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Decorating.
Most Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to think about when it comes to the task they do.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply show up and paint what the client desired and that was about it and some didn’t even tidy up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the job than simply the painting.
Many of the conventional painters and decorators often specialise in other locations of the decorating organization, such as painting really tall buildings, using hygienic coatings inside healthcare facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one floor of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You might desire to temporarily put masking over the windows to avoid a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes if a small breeze is in the air.
Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the best till last and this ought to be the simpler bit.
Once again, make certain that nobody is around your house where you are painting and ensure you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications everywhere, just to make it crystal clear. Ensure you have not missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have ended up decorating.
Anyhow, you need to eliminate any masking paper you set up, if appropriate, making sure it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
In many cases, and depending upon temperature and your regional climate, the paint needs to be dry the next day however make certain you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Tidy your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can receive from most DIY shops and then save them away for another day.
We would suggest “DIALL” brush cleaner from B&Q EUR9.97 for 2 litres, will last you for ages.
Due to the fact that not just will this suggestion **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply expert, easy as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
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