Leading pointers on how to paint your house like a professional designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The feared time to get the outside of your home smartened and cleaned up, but there are a couple of things you truly need to know, so we put together some of our best leading pointers and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you’ve done it in the past, or want to paint for the very first time, these crucial techniques and ideas will help you achieve an excellent surface, and do it safely too.
Painting the house is NOT an easy task and oftentimes, we would suggest calling a decorator or wall finishing professional, but if you fancy taking a crack at yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting expert Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that bit much easier!
The following ideas relate to painting the BEYOND the house, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my suggestions that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the prospective DANGERS associated with taking on a large home improvement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some scary data on accidents whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you continue reading …
Remember that preserving the character of your house will be something that you should consider prior to you begin the project and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they may be specific constraints on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading ten tips to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the work in advance of painting!
This may seem extremely obvious to everyone but you would marvel the number of individuals stop working to prepare, and then obviously plan to fail, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You don’t need to take a seat and compose an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repairs or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and perhaps likewise work out how much you plan to spend on 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 like sat down in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes effort and if you do not make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look dreadful.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows the value of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that requires preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Ensure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t end up painting the outdoor patio and your yard too.
Make sure you are physically ready and able to carry out this work as it does require stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Make certain likewise you wear general or old clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall coverings, especially water resistant ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the materials needed to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals beginning their designing in earnest, only to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another trip to the Do It Yourself shop yes?
Meanwhile that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and carry on, once the whole wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: The only way you can be sure, if you are uncertain about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid firmly on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable lid and then blend them completely.
Just give the paint you need from the larger container.
This likewise conserves wastage and that indicates IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur quite often, particularly with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Select the best masonry paint you can afford.
- Brushes and rollers of various sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint slimmers, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various 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 applicable) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and gain access to equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require BEFORE YOU START!
This ought to be basically all you will need however remember, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
LEADING POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve money as they typically shed their bristles which can ruin your paint job and take two times as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of your house prior to painting.
Over time your house, specifically if located next to a roadway, will get grime, dust and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You should NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because paint will not treat it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, when completed, will look terrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and enable to dry, your overall paint surface will be far better.
That sort of dirt build up is typically easy to find, however for the very best painting job, you need to CLEAN the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable product on the wall.
If your walls show indications of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to take a look at it PRIOR TO you apply the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface area itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If the house has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, however only the type that is utilized to clean your cars and truck or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash job 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, but if you have actually refrained from doing this previously, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a few things you need to understand before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you don’t want it to go, you must mask up areas that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you produce a fine mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, however your cars and truck too, and your other half’s prized rose bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: If you see in the image we likewise laid dust sheets down, and then paper as much as the moist course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not only will this tip **** save you about two days of tidying up **** later on, its simply expert, basic as that. ACT like a pro if you want to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather merely, most of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will save you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up later on.
The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to take a look at any fractures that require filling, maybe old render that has actually come away from the wall and is hollow, and remove mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any fractures, holes and bumps.
If you require time in preparing, and you do not need to be a professional decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is DIFFICULT and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of people get eliminated, or at best, injure themselves by falling from roofing systems, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple if you are not used to paint a house, to stand back to admire your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, particularly a high house is typically not an excellent idea for the beginner painter so look through the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding company.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I suggest mentally, not simply prepared as in “I simply spent a load of money down at the Do It Yourself shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You need to have already chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to set about it (!) And have moved away products that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK LOCATION and must be treated.
Make certain that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is necessary if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint requires to be taken off, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood requires replacing, missing window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.
This is informing you to get a guy in rather if by this stage you don’t feel confident! It might really save you cash as an appropriate decorator will be able to the job in a few days that would take you several weeks.
As soon as you are positive that all is well, you should begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the best surface.
Another excellent time-saving pointer is to do with the finishing off of the task AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, however what about attention to information?
The pro painter will invest a great deal of time on details, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners where the roller didn’t reach, or ensuring the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide nice, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a master finish each time.
One idea is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make sure the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a couple of mm just.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, ensuring you do not get or lift the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have completed one line or area, carefully eliminate the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may 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, available from your regional Do It Yourself shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more expensive than masking tape.
TOP POINTER: For a master surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade shop and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to tell the general public.
Animals should 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 slimmers appears like a good concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the paint or the area you are painting.
Check your paint, and even your abilities, on an obscure area at ground level, on an extremely small area to start with. Ensure the surface area 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 a lot easier.
Numerous Do It Yourself painters incorrectly believe the best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low possibility of rain.
The 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 impact your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye strain.
When it is cloudy and try and end up mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are positive there is no chance of rain since the painted wall could end up experiencing a term not commonly understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when active ingredients consisted of in the paint becoming affected by moisture which then brings components of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal container referred to as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, use the unique tray or lengthened pails (troughs) developed to work with rollers.
You can buy 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 bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have convenient hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
Place the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has a great coating of paint however not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember the majority of house paint tasks require 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller 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 require to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing gutter clips or an obstructed rain gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a perfectly painted house, you require to finish the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue areas fixed, or it simply ruins all the effort you put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other location outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or a minimum of 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 bought from the store. This can also make you brownie points and maybe even a great tip at the end if you are doing some painting for somebody else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic finish.
The last suggestion I will offer you today is to begin your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This at first seems obvious however with the unskilled painter might be doing not have confidence they typically start at the bottom and work up.
We know this as frequently the keen DIY painter will begin the task, realise she or he can’t complete it and then they contact NEVER EVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP designers are known by that really name? TOP!
You must always start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, and work downwards, even if just 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 correct method to do nearly everything in life, and, offered you take heed to this collection of lovely simple pointers, and utilize the approach correctly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the final eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and designing is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under quote how significant a task painting your house can be.
It is important likewise that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I don’t suggest incredibly confident as all of us have our worries and concerns if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, but if you are absolutely terrified things of this then do yourself a favour and work with somebody else to paint the house!
Painting the outside does at least require some forethought and planning however if you get it right, you can anticipate a good looking house … for now anyhow.
Painters and designers have to go through a particular training period prior to they are let loose on houses and business properties, so bear that in mind when you begin and don’t try to paint your house if you actually don’t have an idea or lack self-confidence as it is not easy.
CRUCIAL SECURITY ADVICE IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for DIY related accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers showing up at medical facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder mishaps send 41,000 individuals to healthcare facility each year– frequently resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death when people fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.
The most harmful tools according to the Home Mishap Security System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 mishaps in the Dublin each year).
2. Saws (15,100).
3. Mills (6,400).
4. Hammers (5,800).
5. Chisels (3,900).
6. Screwdrivers (3,400).
7. Power Drills (3,000).
8. Axes (2,200).
9. Planes (2,100).
10. Welding Devices (2,000).
The leading 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).
Common DIY 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.
When they rush jobs or are tired, individuals typically make mistakes.
Many individuals overestimate their capabilities, for instance gas and electric work ought to be delegated the specialists, and the same chooses decorating.
Wise words indeed.
Some times, choosing to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Designing.
When it comes to the task they do, most Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to believe about.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just turn up and paint what the client wanted which was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the task than simply the painting.
Many of the standard painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating service, such as painting really tall buildings, using hygienic coatings inside health centers, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
When you have actually painted one floor of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
If a slight breeze is in the air, you may want to temporarily put masking over the windows to avoid a fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes.
Finally, back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to save the very best till last and this ought to be the easier bit.
Again, ensure that no one is around the house where you are painting and make certain 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 pipeline.
What to do after you have actually finished designing.
Anyway, you require to eliminate any masking paper you put up, if appropriate, making certain 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 regional climate, the paint ought to be dry the next day but make sure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Clean your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can get from most Do It Yourself shops and then store them away for another day.
We would recommend “DIALL” brush cleaner from B&Q EUR9.97 for 2 litres, will last you for ages.
Since not just will this pointer **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, easy as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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