Top ideas on how to paint your house like an expert decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond the house cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a few things you truly require to know, so we assemble a few of our best top ideas and embellishing suggestions for you.
Whether you’ve done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these important techniques and tips will assist you achieve an excellent finish, and do it securely too.
Painting the house is NOT an easy job and in many cases, we would suggest calling a decorator or wall finish expert, but if you expensive trying yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting guru Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit simpler!
The following tips belong to painting the OUTSIDE of the house, not the inside, although there are most likely one or two of my suggestions that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the possible RISKS associated with taking on a big home enhancement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some scary statistics on accidents whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you read on …
Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you must think about before you begin the job and if your home is listed or in a sanctuary, they might be specific limitations on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This might appear exceptionally apparent to everybody but you would marvel the number of individuals fail to prepare, and then of course strategy to fail, so jot down what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You do not have to take a seat and compose an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repairs or flaking paint you need to take a look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise work out how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Prepare yourself to paint!
Another thing people do not appear 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 just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you do not end up painting the patio area and your lawn too.
Ensure you are physically ready and able to carry out this work as it does require endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Ensure also you use overall or old clothes as many exterior paints and wall finishings, especially water resistant ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of people beginning their decorating in earnest, only to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another trip to the Do It Yourself store yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you return, and continue, as soon as the whole wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: The only way you can be sure, if you are unsure about how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid securely on!), AND THEN put every one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable cover and then mix them completely.
Then just give the paint you need from the bigger container.
This likewise saves wastage which implies IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place on a regular basis, particularly with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Choose the best masonry paint you can manage.
- Brushes and rollers of various sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the location clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if relevant) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and access devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This need to be basically all you will need nevertheless bear in mind, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP POINTER: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve money as they normally shed their bristles which can ruin your paint task and take two times as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Tidy the walls of the house prior to painting.
Gradually your house, specifically if located beside a road, will pick up gunk, dust and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You should NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because paint won’t treat it, won’t clean it, and also paint, as soon as ended up, will look awful if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls ahead of time, and permit to dry, your general paint finish will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally simple to identify, nevertheless for the best painting job, you need to CLEAN the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp issue within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get someone experienced to take a look at it BEFORE you apply the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has fractures, this could be a sign that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If your home has a lot of grime then use a power washer, but only the type that is utilized to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash task we performed in Dublin.
5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much faster.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, however if you have not done this previously, and are just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, however there’s a few things you need to know before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not want it to go, you must mask up locations that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you create a great mist, which with the slightest gust of wind, or with the sprayers lack of experience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, however your vehicle too, and your partner’s prized increased bush!!!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper up to the moist course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not just will this idea **** save you about 2 days of tidying up **** afterwards, its simply expert, easy as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather simply, most of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you at least THREE DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall requires to be ALL SET for the paint, so you require to take a look at any fractures that require filling, possibly old render that has left from the wall and is hollow, and eliminate mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any cracks, holes and bumps.
If you require time in preparing, and you don’t need to be an expert decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is NOT easy and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, thousands of people get killed, 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, specifically a high house is typically not a great concept for the newbie painter so browse the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding company.
You would preferably find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance coverage.
Starting the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and prepared, I suggest mentally, not simply prepared as in “I just spent a load of cash down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to begin painting.
You must have already picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is properly to go about it (!) And have actually moved away items that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and must be dealt with.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is vital if your paint job is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood requires replacing, missing window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be taken off too.
This is telling you to get a guy in rather if by this stage you don’t feel confident! It might in fact conserve you cash as a proper decorator will have the ability to the task in a few days that would take you numerous weeks.
When you are positive that all is well, you ought to start at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the best finish.
Another fantastic time-saving idea is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have actually painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large area, but what about attention to information?
The professional painter will invest 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 great, cool and straight lines down each opening, for a master surface every time.
One pointer is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make certain the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Then paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you don’t lift the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have ended up one line or section, thoroughly eliminate the tape, standing far 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, available from your local Do It Yourself shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more expensive than masking tape.
LEADING IDEA: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your local trade shop and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is far better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint business fail to inform the public.
Animals must be kept well away from any work you do, as the last thing “Rover” the Labrador desires when he is playing in the garden is his head to get covered in paint, or for him to believe consuming your brush slimmers looks like a great idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the paint or the location you are painting.
Check your paint, and even your abilities, on an odd location at ground level, on an extremely little location to start with. Ensure the surface you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well blended, and your brush does not shed bristles.
8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s much easier.
Due to the fact that of the low opportunity of rain, lots of Do It Yourself painters wrongly think the finest time to paint your house is mid summer season.
The very best sort of weather 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 ensure that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and try and finish mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are confident there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall could end up experiencing a term not commonly understood in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components included in the paint ending up being affected by wetness which then brings components of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal container known as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, utilize the unique tray or elongated containers (troughs) created to deal with rollers.
You can purchase a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for applying paint with a roller, you require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some also have helpful hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
Place the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has an excellent finish of paint but not excessive so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember most house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this twice.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to complete the job off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that need to get done too, such as a broken window pane, missing gutter clips or an obstructed seamless gutter, possibly the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely painted house, you need to end up the task off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem locations fixed, or it just ruins all the effort you take into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other location outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or at least the location nearest to your house.
This will complete it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually purchased from the shop. This can also make you brownie points and possibly 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 terrific surface.
The final idea I will give you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This at first appears obvious but with the inexperienced painter might be lacking confidence they often begin at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the job, understand he or she can’t complete it and after that they contact NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are understood by that very moniker? TOP!
You must constantly start at the top, yes on the ladder or the scaffolding, 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 a technique and a right method to do practically everything in life, and, offered you take heed to this collection of beautiful simple ideas, and utilize the technique properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the final eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of primary significance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under estimate how major a job painting the house can be.
It is necessary also that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I don’t indicate very positive as we all have our worries and worries if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are absolutely scared stuff of this then do yourself a favour and work with another person to paint your house!
Painting the exterior does a minimum of need some planning and planning however if you get it right, you can look forward to a nice looking house … for now anyway.
Decorators and painters have to go through a particular training period before they are let loose on houses and service properties, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you actually don’t have a hint or absence confidence as it is not easy.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, cRUCIAL SECURITY GUIDANCE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of data for DIY associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers turning up at medical facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder mishaps send 41,000 people to medical facility each year– frequently resulting in some of the most severe injuries and even death when people fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous tools according to the Home Mishap Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 mishaps 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 take care 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 etc. (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical Do It Yourself accidents consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from ceilings and pieces falling onto hands and feet.
Individuals typically make errors when they rush jobs or are tired.
Many people overestimate their abilities, for example gas and electrical work must be delegated the professionals, and the very same opts for embellishing.
Long times, choosing to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Designing.
Most Designers and painters now have a lot more things to consider when it concerns the task they do.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply turn up and paint what the customer wanted and that was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than simply the painting.
A number of the standard painters and decorators in some cases specialise in other locations of the embellishing business, such as painting very tall buildings, applying sanitary finishings inside health centers, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one flooring of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You may want to momentarily put masking over the windows to prevent a great paint spray or drips on the glass panes if a minor breeze is in the air.
Lastly, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the very best until last and this ought to be the much easier bit.
Again, make sure that nobody is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “WET PAINT!” signs everywhere, just to make it clear. Ensure you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
What to do after you have actually ended up designing.
Anyway, you need to get rid of any masking paper you set up, if appropriate, ensuring it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature and your local climate, the paint should be dry the next day however make sure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Tidy your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can receive from the majority of Do It Yourself shops and after that 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.
Since not just will this tip **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, simple as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Guarantee you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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