Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The feared time to get the beyond your house cleaned up and smartened up, but there are a few things you actually require to know, so we assemble some of our finest top pointers and embellishing suggestions for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or wish to paint for the very first time, these essential techniques and pointers will assist you accomplish a great finish, and do it safely too.
Painting the house is NOT an easy job and oftentimes, we would recommend calling a designer or wall covering specialist, however if you expensive having a go yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting master Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit much easier!
The following ideas belong to painting the OUTSIDE of your home, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my tips that pertain to both activities.
Plus we also take a look at the potential THREATS involved in taking on a large home enhancement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening data on mishaps whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you keep reading …
Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you need to think about before you begin the task and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they may be certain restrictions on what colour you can use.
Anyway, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This may appear exceptionally apparent to everyone however you would be surprised the number of individuals stop working to prepare, and after that naturally plan to stop working, so jot down what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t have to take a seat and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Keep in mind any repairs or flaking paint you need to take a look at, make a list of stuff you will require (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and perhaps also work out how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing people 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 don’t make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look horrible.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows the importance of scraping down old paint and also covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that requires preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you do not end up painting the 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, familiarise yourself with safe use.
Ensure also you use general or old clothes as numerous exterior paints and wall coverings, particularly water resistant ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT wash out of your clothes.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals starting their designing 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 DIY shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, once the entire wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: The only way you can be sure, if you are uncertain about just how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid securely on!), And After That pour every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and after that blend them all together.
Then simply give the paint you require from the larger container.
This also saves wastage which suggests IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place on a regular basis, especially with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Select the very 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 items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This should be more or less all you will need nevertheless remember, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
LEADING TIP: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve money as they generally 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 CASH!
4. Clean the walls of the house before painting.
In time your house, especially if situated beside a roadway, will pick up grime, dust and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You should NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, since paint will not treat it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, once completed, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls beforehand, and permit to dry, your overall paint surface will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally simple to identify, however for the best painting task, you need to CLEAN the exterior of your house.
This will get rid of any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls show signs of mould and green development, they might be hiding a wet problem within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get someone experienced to look at it BEFORE you apply the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be a sign that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is advised prior to any painting is done.
If your home has a great deal of gunk then utilize a power washer, but just the type that is used to clean your car or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed 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, however if you have actually not done this in the past, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a couple of things you need to understand prior to hand.
To avoid the spray going where you do not want it to go, you should mask up locations that you do not want the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you develop a fine mist, which with the slightest gust of wind, or with the sprayers lack of experience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, but your vehicle too, and your better half’s treasured rose bush!!!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the picture we also laid dust sheets down, and then paper up to the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not just will this pointer **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just professional, simple as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather merely, most of any house painting job is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will save you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall requires to be READY for the paint, so you require to take a look at any fractures that require filling, possibly old render that has actually left from the wall and is hollow, and remove mould, dirt and gunk 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 have to be an expert designer, 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, countless individuals get eliminated, or at best, injure themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy if you are not utilized 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, especially a tall house is often not a great concept for the amateur painter so check out the yellow pages for a trusted scaffolding company.
You would preferably discover 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 of all, now you are ready, and ready, I indicate mentally, not just prepared as in “I just spent a load of money down at the DIY store” and you are ready to begin painting.
You need to 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 your house as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and should be dealt with as such.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is essential if your paint task is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood requires changing, missing out on window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.
This is informing you to get a male in instead if by this phase you do not feel positive! It could really save you cash as a correct decorator will have the ability to the task in a couple of days that would take you several weeks.
When you are positive that all is well, you need to start at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the very best finish.
Another excellent time-saving idea is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large surface area, however what about attention to information?
The pro painter will spend a lot of time on information, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners where the roller didn’t reach, or making sure the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide nice, cool and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro surface each time.
One tip is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make sure the tape intrudes onto the window frame by a couple of mm just.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you do not lift the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have actually completed one line or section, thoroughly remove 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
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 expensive than masking tape.
TOP TIP: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your local trade shop and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is far better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to tell 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 believe consuming your brush slimmers seems like an excellent 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.
Evaluate your paint, or perhaps your abilities, on an unknown location at ground level, on an extremely little area to start with. Make certain 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 a lot easier.
Due to the fact that of the low chance of rain, numerous DIY painters incorrectly believe the best time to paint your house is mid summer.
The very best sort of weather condition to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.
This is because when you paint a wall on a bright day, the sun will shine on the wall and I ensure that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and people who do this every day wind up with eye strain.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and finish mid afternoon if possible.
If using 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 wind up struggling with a term not widely understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components contained in the paint ending up being impacted by wetness 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 bucket referred to as a paint kettle and obviously for rollers, use the unique tray or lengthened pails (troughs) created to deal with rollers.
You can purchase a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for using paint with a roller, you require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have handy hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
Location the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Beginning at the top, and utilizing a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has a good finishing of paint but not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember a lot of house paint tasks need 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this twice.
Cut into edges and around windows and doors 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 observed other things that need to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked rain gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to complete the task off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem areas 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 nearby to your house.
This will finish it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually purchased from the store. This can likewise make you brownie points and maybe even a good suggestion at the end if you are doing some painting for somebody else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific finish.
The last tip I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of your house, not the bottom.
This initially appears obvious however with the inexperienced painter might be lacking confidence they typically start at the bottom and work up.
We know this as quite often the eager DIY painter will begin the task, realise he or she can’t finish it and then they call NEVER PAINT AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are understood by that really moniker? TOP!
You must always begin 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 method and a right method to do practically whatever in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of beautiful easy tips, and utilize the technique correctly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the final take away
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of main 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 the house can be.
It is necessary also that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I do not mean 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 afraid things of this then do yourself a favour and work with somebody else to paint your home!
Painting the outside does a minimum of require some forethought and planning however if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a great looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and decorators have to go through a specific training period before they are let loose on homes and service facilities, so bear that in mind when you begin and do not attempt to paint your house if you actually do not have a hint or lack self-confidence as it is challenging.
CRUCIAL SAFETY ADVICE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of stats for Do It Yourself associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts showing up at medical facility each year.
When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 individuals to medical facility annually– often resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people looking for 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. 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 Equipment (2,000).
The top 10 Do It Yourself products to take care 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 and so on (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical DIY accidents include cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
When they rush tasks or are tired, individuals frequently make errors.
Many individuals overstate their abilities, for instance gas and electric work ought to be delegated the experts, and the same chooses embellishing.
Wise words indeed.
Long times, deciding to save a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Designing.
A lot of 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 just show up and paint what the customer desired which had to do with it and some didn’t even tidy up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the job than just the painting.
A lot of the traditional painters and decorators in some cases specialise in other locations of the embellishing service, such as painting very tall buildings, using hygienic finishings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
When you have actually painted one floor of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You may want to briefly put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes if a slight breeze is in the air.
Lastly, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to save the very best till last and this ought to be the much easier bit.
Again, make sure that no one is around the house where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” signs all over, 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 actually ended up decorating.
Anyhow, you require to eliminate any masking paper you installed, if applicable, 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 local environment, the paint ought to be dry the next day but make sure you do not put anything up versus for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Clean your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can obtain from many Do It Yourself stores and then keep them away for another day.
We would suggest “DIALL” brush cleaner from B&Q EUR9.97 for 2 litres, will last you for ages.
Because not only will this idea **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just professional, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
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