Top tips on how to paint your house like a professional designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond your house smartened and cleaned up, however there are a couple of things you actually require to understand, so we put together some of our finest top suggestions and decorating suggestions for you.
Whether you’ve done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these essential techniques and suggestions will assist you achieve a good finish, and do it securely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy task and in most cases, we would advise calling a decorator or wall coating professional, but if you fancy having a go yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting master Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that bit easier!
The following ideas are related to painting the BEYOND your home, not the within, although there are most likely a couple of of my suggestions that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we also have a look at the possible RISKS involved in handling a large home enhancement project like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some frightening statistics 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 keeping the character of your house will be something that you should think about before you begin the project and if your home is listed or in a conservation area, they may be specific limitations on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten tips to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This may seem extremely obvious to everyone however you would marvel how many people stop working to plan, and then naturally plan to fail, so make a note of what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t have to take a seat and compose an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repairs or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of stuff you will need (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly also work out how much you prepare to spend on this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing individuals don’t 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 hard work 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 actually prepared themselves and knows the importance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the flooring. It is not simply the painting that requires preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t wind up painting the patio area and your lawn too.
Make sure you are able and physically prepared to perform this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not used to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make certain likewise you wear general or old clothes as numerous outside paints and wall coatings, specifically waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of people starting their decorating in earnest, just to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another trip to the Do It Yourself store yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, when 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 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 firmly on!), And After That pour each one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable cover and after that blend them entirely.
Just dispense the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise saves waste and that means IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur frequently, specifically with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Pick the very best masonry paint you can afford.
- Brushes and rollers of numerous sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Handle 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 clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and gain access to devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will require nevertheless remember, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP IDEA: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to save cash as they usually shed their bristles which can destroy your paint task and take two times as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Clean the walls of your house before painting.
Over time your house, specifically if located beside a road, will get gunk, dust and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You should NOT paint over this, even with just guide, due to the fact that paint won’t cure it, won’t clean it, and also paint, once ended up, will look horrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls in advance, and enable to dry, your overall paint surface will be much better.
That sort of dirt develop is normally simple to spot, however for the very best painting job, you need to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will get rid of any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green growth, they might be hiding a damp problem 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 cracks, this could be a sign that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.
If your home has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, but only the type that is used to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash task we carried out 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 not done this before, 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 understand before hand.
To avoid the spray going where you don’t want it to go, you need to mask up locations that you do not want the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you develop a great mist, which with the slightest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, however your car too, and your other half’s valued increased bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: If you see in the picture we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper as much as the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not just will this tip **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** later on, its simply expert, basic as that. If you want 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 beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be PREPARED for the paint, so you require to take a look at any cracks that need filling, perhaps old render that has actually come away from the wall and is hollow, and get rid of mould, dirt and gunk from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any cracks, holes and bumps.
If you take some time in preparing, and you do not have to be an expert decorator, you will SAVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, thousands of individuals get killed, or at finest, injure themselves by falling from roofs, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy 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 tall house is typically not a good idea for the amateur painter so check out the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding business.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also proof of insurance.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first of all, now you are ready, and prepared, I indicate psychologically, not just prepared as in “I just spent a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You ought to have currently selected the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to set about it (!) And have actually moved away products that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and must be treated.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint requires to be taken off, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood requires changing, missing window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be removed too.
This is informing you to get a male in instead if by this stage you don’t feel confident! It could actually save you money as a proper designer will be able to the task in a few days that would take you several weeks.
As soon as you are positive that all is well, you must start at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the very best surface.
Another great time-saving pointer is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, but what about attention to information?
The professional painter will invest a lot of time on information, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves 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 nice, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a real pro surface every time.
One pointer is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make certain the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you do not get or raise the tape paint under it.
As soon as you have finished one line or area, thoroughly eliminate the tape, standing far from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may discover that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist a special painters tape, available from your regional DIY shop, which is far better for this sort of thing, but more pricey than masking tape.
TOP IDEA: For a master surface, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your local trade store and buy the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to tell the public.
Animals need to 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 drinking your brush slimmers appears like a good concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the location or the paint you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, or even your skills, on an obscure area at ground level, on a very small location to start with. Ensure the surface area you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well combined, and your brush does not shed bristles.
8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s a lot easier.
Lots of Do It Yourself painters incorrectly believe the very best time to paint your house is mid summertime because of the low opportunity of rain.
The best sort of weather 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 bright 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 end up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and attempt and end up mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are positive there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall might end up experiencing a term not extensively known in Do It Yourself circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients included in the paint becoming impacted 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, use a light metal bucket referred to as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, use the unique tray or elongated pails (troughs) designed 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 require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some likewise have handy 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 positive strokes with a roller that has a great finish of paint however not excessive so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, but keep in mind a lot of house paint jobs need 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 brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the job off!
What I mean is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a broken window pane, missing seamless gutter clips or a blocked seamless gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to end up the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue 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 a minimum of the location nearby to the house.
This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have bought from the store. If you are doing some painting for somebody else, this can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a great idea at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for an excellent finish.
The final idea I will give you today is to begin your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This in the beginning seems apparent however with the unskilled painter might be lacking confidence they typically start at the bottom and work up.
We know this as on a regular basis the keen DIY painter will start the job, realise she or he can’t finish it and after that they get in touch with NEVER EVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you believe 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 opportunity to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor outside?
There is an approach and a proper method to do nearly whatever in life, and, supplied you beware to this collection of pretty basic ideas, and use the approach correctly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the last remove
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take risks and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under price quote how major a task painting the house can be.
It is necessary also that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I do not imply very positive as we all have our worries 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 exterior does at least need some planning and planning but if you get it right, you can look forward to a good looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and designers have to go through a certain training duration prior to they are let loose on houses and company premises, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you actually do not have a clue or absence confidence as it is hard.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, cRUCIAL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of data for DIY related mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts showing up at hospital each year.
When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 individuals to hospital every year– frequently resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most harmful tools according to the Home Accident Security System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (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. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Devices (2,000).
The top ten DIY materials to take care with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 accidents).
- 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 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.
Individuals typically make errors when they hurry tasks or are tired.
Many people overestimate their capabilities, for instance gas and electric work need to be left to the professionals, and the exact same chooses embellishing.
Wise words certainly.
Long times, deciding to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Designing.
The majority of Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to think about when it pertains to the job they do.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would simply turn up and paint what the customer desired and that had to do with it and some didn’t even clean up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than just the painting.
A number of the conventional painters and decorators sometimes specialise in other areas of the decorating service, such as painting extremely tall structures, using sanitary finishings inside healthcare facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one floor of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
You might desire 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 constantly best to save the best until last and this ought to be the simpler bit.
Once again, ensure that nobody is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “DAMP PAINT!” signs all over, just to make it clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
What to do after you have completed decorating.
Anyhow, you require to eliminate any masking paper you installed, 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.
Most of the times, and depending upon temperature and your regional environment, the paint should be dry the next day but ensure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Clean your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from most DIY shops and then 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.
Because not just will this idea **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, 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 pipeline.
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