Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond your house smartened and cleaned up, but there are a few things you actually need to understand, so we put together some of our finest leading pointers and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it before, or wish to paint for the very first time, these essential techniques and suggestions will help you attain an excellent surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your home is NOT a simple job and in most cases, we would recommend calling a designer or wall finishing specialist, however if you fancy trying yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting guru Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that bit easier!
The following ideas relate to painting the OUTSIDE of your house, not the inside, although there are most likely one or two of my tips that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the prospective RISKS associated with taking on a large home improvement task like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening statistics on mishaps whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you continue reading …
Bear in mind that keeping the character of your house will be something that you need to think about before you start the task and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they might be specific constraints on what colour you can utilize.
Anyway, here we go, our leading ten suggestions to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!
This may appear exceptionally obvious to everybody however you would marvel the number of individuals stop working to prepare, and then obviously strategy to fail, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to sit down and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repair work or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of things you will require (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and perhaps also work out how much you prepare to spend on this.
2. Prepare yourself to paint!
Another thing individuals do not appear 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 don’t make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look awful.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows the importance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you do not wind up painting the outdoor patio and your lawn too.
Make sure you are able and physically ready to carry out this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Make sure also you use general or old clothes as numerous exterior paints and wall finishings, especially water resistant ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT wash out of your clothes.
3. Get the products needed to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals starting their decorating in earnest, just to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another trip to the DIY store yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, 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 used. DOH!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: The only method 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 cover firmly on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and then mix them entirely.
Then simply dispense the paint you require from the larger container.
This likewise conserves wastage which suggests 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 (!). Choose the best masonry paint you can pay for.
- 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 tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This must be basically all you will require nevertheless bear in mind, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy low-cost brushes to save money as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job 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 your house before painting.
Over time your house, specifically if situated next to a road, will get dust, grime and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, since paint will not cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, as soon as ended up, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls ahead of time, and enable to dry, your total paint finish will be far better.
That sort of dirt build up is typically simple to find, nevertheless for the very best painting task, you require to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable material on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they might be concealing a damp issue within the walls, so if you are unsure, get someone experienced to take a look at it BEFORE you apply the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface area itself. If the wall to paint has fractures, this could be a sign that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If the house has a great deal of gunk then use a power washer, but only the type that is used to clean your cars and truck 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 quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, however if you have actually refrained from doing this in the past, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, but there’s a few things you need to understand before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not want it to go, you should mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you create 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 car too, and your partner’s prized increased bush!!!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: If you see in the image we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not just will this idea **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just expert, easy as that. ACT like a professional if you desire to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather simply, most of any house painting job is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will save you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and tidying up afterwards.
The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to take a look at any cracks that need filling, perhaps old render that has left from the wall and is hollow, and get rid of mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any bumps, holes and cracks.
If you require time in preparing, and you do not need to be an expert decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is NOT easy and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, thousands of individuals get killed, or at best, hurt 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, particularly a high house is often not a good idea for the newbie painter so browse the yellow pages for a credible scaffolding business.
You would ideally discover one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance.
Starting the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and prepared, I suggest mentally, not simply prepared as in “I simply spent a load of cash down at the DIY store” and you are ready to start painting.
You should have currently picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to tackle it (!) and have moved away products that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and needs to be treated as such.
Make certain that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is important if your paint task is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be sorted, rotten wood needs changing, missing window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be taken off too.
If by this stage you don’t feel confident, this is informing you to get a male in instead! It might in fact save you cash as a proper designer will be able to the job in a couple of days that would take you a number of weeks.
Once you are confident that all is well, you need to begin at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to achieve the best surface.
Another great time-saving suggestion is to do with the finishing off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big surface area, however what about attention to detail?
The professional painter will invest a lot of time on details, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves where the roller didn’t reach, or making certain the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide good, straight and neat lines down each opening, for a real pro finish each time.
One idea is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make certain the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a couple of mm only.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you don’t raise the tape or get paint under it.
As quickly as you have actually ended up one line or area, carefully remove the tape, standing far from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you might discover that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, offered from your regional DIY shop, which is better for this sort of thing, however more costly than masking tape.
LEADING TIP: For a real pro surface, 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 companies fail to inform the public.
Animals should 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 good concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the paint or the location you are painting.
Test your paint, or even your abilities, on an unknown area at ground level, on a really little area to start with. Make sure 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 much easier.
Because of the low chance of rain, lots of Do It Yourself painters incorrectly think the finest time to paint your house is mid summertime.
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 sunny day, the sun will shine on the wall and I ensure that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye stress.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and finish mid afternoon if possible.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are positive there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall could wind up experiencing a term not commonly known in Do It Yourself circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients consisted of in the paint becoming impacted by moisture which then brings components of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal pail referred to as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, utilize the special tray or elongated buckets (troughs) developed to deal 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 purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have useful hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, place the lid back on the tin.
Beginning at the top, and utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a good covering of paint however not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, however remember many house paint tasks require 2 coats of paint, so focus as you will be doing all of this twice.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to complete the job off!
What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on gutter clips or a blocked gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a perfectly painted house, you need to finish the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue locations fixed, or it simply 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 a minimum of the location nearby to your house.
This will complete it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. If you are doing some painting for another person, this can also make you brownie points and perhaps even a great idea at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a great surface.
The final suggestion I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This initially appears obvious however with the unskilled painter may be doing not have self-confidence they often begin at the bottom and develop.
We know this as quite often the eager DIY painter will begin the job, realise he or she can’t complete it and after that they contact NEVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that very name? TOP!
You must constantly begin 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 a method and an appropriate way to do practically whatever in life, and, provided you take heed to this collection of lovely basic suggestions, and utilize the technique properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any problems.
And the final remove
SAFETY whilst painting and designing is likewise of primary value.
Do not take risks and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under estimate how significant a job painting your house can be.
It is important also that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I do not imply incredibly confident as we all have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, however if you are definitely scared things of this then do yourself a favour and work with someone else to paint the house!
Painting the exterior 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.
Decorators and painters need to go through a certain training period before they are let loose on houses and organization facilities, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you really don’t have a clue or absence confidence as it is challenging.
IMPORTANT SAFETY SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of data for DIY associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts turning up at health center each year.
When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 people to hospital each year– often resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most unsafe 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. 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. Planes (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading ten Do It Yourself products to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 accidents).
- Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
- Metal bars, sheets and so on (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 include cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
People frequently make mistakes when they hurry tasks or are tired.
Many individuals overestimate their abilities, for example gas and electrical work need to be left to the professionals, and the exact same goes for decorating.
Wise words undoubtedly.
Long times, choosing to conserve 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, a lot of Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to believe about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply show up and paint what the client wanted and that was about it and some didn’t even clean up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the job than just the painting.
Much of the traditional painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating business, such as painting very high buildings, applying hygienic finishes inside hospitals, or painting in remote areas 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 begin painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
You may desire to momentarily put masking over the windows to avoid a great paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a small breeze is in the air.
Finally, back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the best until last and this need to be the simpler bit.
Once again, make sure that nobody is around your house where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” indications everywhere, just to make it crystal clear. Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have finished designing.
Anyhow, you require to eliminate any masking paper you put up, if relevant, ensuring it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature and your regional climate, the paint needs 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.
Tidy your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from a lot of DIY shops and after that keep them away for another day.
We would recommend “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 tip **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its just professional, easy as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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