Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional designer
, if it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreadful time to get the beyond your home cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a few things you actually require to understand, so we create some of our finest leading pointers and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or wish to paint for the very first time, these crucial tricks and ideas will help you attain a great surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy task and oftentimes, we would suggest calling a designer or wall covering professional, but if you elegant taking a crack at yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting guru Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that bit simpler!
The following pointers relate to painting the BEYOND your house, not the inside, although there are most likely a couple of of my pointers that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the potential RISKS associated with taking on a big home improvement task 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 read on …
Bear in mind that preserving the character of your house will be something that you ought to consider prior to you start the project and if your home is listed or in a conservation area, they may be certain constraints on what colour you can use.
Anyway, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the beyond 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 plan, and then obviously plan to fail, so write down what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You do not have to take a seat and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repairs or flaking paint you need to take a look at, make a list of things you will need (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and maybe also work out how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Prepare yourself to paint!
Another thing individuals don’t 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 understands the value of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. It is not just 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 outdoor patio and your lawn too.
Make certain you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does require stamina, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, familiarise yourself with safe use.
Make sure likewise you wear old or general clothing as numerous exterior paints and wall finishings, specifically waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the products needed to paint.
Time and time again we hear of people starting their decorating in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another trip to the DIY store yes?
Meanwhile that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and continue, as soon as the whole wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: The only method you can be sure, if you are not exactly sure 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 big tub with a sealable lid and then blend them all together.
Then just dispense the paint you require from the bigger container.
This also conserves wastage which indicates IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur quite often, especially with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Choose the best masonry paint you can afford.
- Brushes and rollers of different sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint slimmers, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and assorted hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need PRIOR TO YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will need however keep in mind, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to save cash as they normally shed their bristles which can ruin your paint job and take twice as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of your house before painting.
With time your house, especially if located next to a roadway, will get dust, dirt and grime, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with just primer, since paint won’t treat it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, as soon as ended up, will look dreadful if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls ahead of time, and enable to dry, your overall paint surface will be far better.
That sort of dirt build up is typically easy to find, nevertheless for the very best painting job, you require to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will get rid of any loose or friable 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 somebody experienced to look at it BEFORE you use the paint.
This likewise applies to the condition of the surface area itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be a sign that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is recommended prior to any painting is done.
If your house has a lot of gunk then utilize a power washer, but only 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 carried out 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 not done this in the past, and are just using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, 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 should mask up areas that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you create a great mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers lack of experience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, but your vehicle too, and your other half’s valued increased bush!!!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not just will this suggestion **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, easy as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite merely, most of any house painting task is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will save you at least 3 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 need filling, maybe 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 holes, bumps and fractures.
If you take time in preparing, and you do not need to be an expert designer, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is HARD and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless people get killed, or at best, hurt themselves by falling from roofings, 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 typically not an excellent concept for the newbie painter so look through the yellow pages for a trusted scaffolding business.
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.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I indicate mentally, not just prepared as in “I just invested a load of money down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to start painting.
You need to have currently chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to go about it (!) and have actually moved away items that mess around your house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and must be treated as such.
Make certain 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 few months.
Flaking paint requires to be taken off, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, 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 man in instead if by this phase you don’t feel confident! It could actually conserve you money as a correct decorator will have the ability to the job in a few days that would take you numerous weeks.
Once you are positive that all is well, you need to start at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably using scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the best finish.
Another fantastic time-saving pointer is to do with the rounding 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 professional painter will spend a great deal of time on information, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves 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 give nice, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro surface whenever.
One tip is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make certain the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, ensuring you do not get or lift the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have actually finished one line or area, carefully get rid of 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, readily available from your local DIY store, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more expensive than masking tape.
LEADING IDEA: For a master surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself 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 business stop working to inform the 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 drinking your brush slimmers looks like a good idea.
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, or even your skills, on an obscure area at ground level, on a very little area to start with. Make sure 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.
Many Do It Yourself painters mistakenly think the very best time to paint your house is mid summertime because of the low opportunity of rain.
The best sort of weather condition to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.
This is due to the fact that 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 affect your eyes, and people who do this every day wind up with eye strain.
When it is cloudy and attempt and finish mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are confident there is no chance of rain since the painted wall might wind up experiencing a term not widely understood in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when active ingredients included in the paint ending up being impacted 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, utilize a light metal pail known as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, use the special tray or elongated buckets (troughs) created to work with rollers.
You can purchase 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 bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have helpful 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 confident strokes with a roller that has a great coating of paint but not too much so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but remember many house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so focus as you will be doing all of this twice.
Cut into edges and around windows and doors with a smaller sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the job off!
What I mean 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 out on rain gutter clips or an obstructed gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you need to end up the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem areas repaired, or it simply ruins all the effort you put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other area outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or at least the area nearest to the house.
This will finish it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have bought from the shop. If you are doing some painting for somebody else, this can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a nice suggestion at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for an excellent surface.
The last idea I will offer you today is to begin your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This at first appears obvious but with the inexperienced painter may be lacking confidence they frequently start at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as quite often the keen DIY painter will start the job, realise she or he can’t complete it and after that they contact NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP decorators are known by that really moniker? TOP!
You must constantly begin at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, and work downwards, even if just to be able to have the opportunity to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor outside?
There is a method and an appropriate way to do nearly everything in life, and, supplied you beware to this collection of beautiful easy ideas, and utilize the technique correctly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the last take away
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of main significance.
Do not take threats and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under price quote how significant a job painting your home can be.
It is important likewise that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I do not mean very positive 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 scared stuff of this then do yourself a favour and hire somebody else to paint your house!
Painting the outside does a minimum of need some forethought and preparation however if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a good looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Designers and painters have to go through a certain training duration prior to they are let loose on homes and service facilities, so bear that in mind when you start and do not attempt to paint your house if you actually don’t have an idea or absence self-confidence as it is difficult.
ESSENTIAL SAFETY ADVICE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for DIY associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts turning up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 individuals to health center annually– frequently leading to some of the most major injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.
The most unsafe tools according to the Home Mishap Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Scalpels and knives (21,300 accidents 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. Airplanes (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 etc. (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical Do It Yourself mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from ceilings and pieces falling onto hands and feet.
People frequently make errors when they rush tasks or are tired.
Many individuals overestimate their capabilities, for instance gas and electric work must be delegated the professionals, and the very same goes for embellishing.
Long times, deciding to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Designing.
When it comes to the task they do, most Designers and painters now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just show up and paint what the client wanted and that was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the job than just the painting.
A number of the standard painters and decorators often specialise in other locations of the decorating company, such as painting extremely tall buildings, using sanitary finishings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
When 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.
If a slight breeze is in the air, you might want to momentarily put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes.
Back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the best up until 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 make certain you put “DAMP PAINT!” signs all over, just to make it clear. Ensure you have not missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have actually completed designing.
Anyway, you require to remove any masking paper you set up, if relevant, making sure it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
In most cases, and depending on temperature level and your regional environment, the paint should be dry the next day but 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 an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from a lot of Do It Yourself shops and after that 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.
Since not just will this suggestion **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply professional, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
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