Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional designer
, if it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond the house smartened and cleaned up, however there are a few things you really require to understand, so we assemble a few of our finest top pointers and decorating recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it in the past, or wish to paint for the first time, these essential techniques and tips will assist you attain an excellent surface, and do it securely too.
Painting your home is NOT a simple job and in most cases, we would suggest calling a decorator or wall covering professional, but if you expensive taking a crack at yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting guru Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that little bit easier!
The following suggestions relate to painting the BEYOND your house, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my ideas that relate to both activities.
Plus we also take a look at the prospective THREATS involved in taking on a large home improvement job like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary stats on mishaps whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you read on …
Remember that preserving the character of your house will be something that you need to consider before you begin the task and if your home is listed or in a sanctuary, they might be specific restrictions on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading ten ideas to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!
This might seem very obvious to everyone however you would marvel the number of individuals stop working to plan, and after that of course strategy to fail, so document what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t need to take a seat and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repairs or flaking paint you need to look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and perhaps also work out how much you plan to invest in 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 taken a seat in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes hard work 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 understands 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 certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t end up painting the patio and your yard too.
Ensure you are physically ready and able to carry out this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not used to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make certain likewise you wear general or old clothing as many exterior paints and wall coverings, specifically waterproof ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT wash out of your clothes.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of individuals starting their designing 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 journey to the Do It Yourself shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, as soon as the entire wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: The only method you can be sure, if you are unsure about just how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover firmly on!), AND THEN put every one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable lid and after that blend them completely.
Just dispense the paint you need from the larger container.
This likewise conserves wastage and that suggests IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can happen quite often, specifically with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Select the very 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 (Handle with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and assorted hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and access devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will need however bear in mind, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
TOP IDEA: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of the house prior to painting.
With time your house, particularly if situated next to a road, will pick up dirt, dust and gunk, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with just primer, since paint won’t cure it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, as soon as completed, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls in advance, and permit to dry, your overall paint finish will be much better.
That sort of dirt develop is normally simple to identify, nevertheless for the very best painting task, you require to CLEAN the outside 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 may be hiding a damp issue within the walls, so if you are unsure, get someone 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 fractures, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.
If your house has a great deal 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 below, which was a painting pebbledash task 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 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 prevent the spray going where you don’t want it to go, you must mask up locations that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you produce a great mist, which with the slightest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, however your car too, and your wife’s treasured increased bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the image we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the wet course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not only will this idea **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** later on, its simply expert, easy as that. ACT like a professional if you desire to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite just, most of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you a minimum of 3 DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to take a look at any cracks that require filling, maybe old render that has actually left 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 holes, fractures and bumps.
If you take some time in preparing, and you do not need to be a professional designer, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting your home yourself is NOT easy and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, countless individuals get killed, or at best, 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, specifically a tall house is typically not a great concept for the newbie painter so look through the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding company.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also proof of insurance.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and prepared, I indicate psychologically, not just prepared as in “I simply spent a load of cash down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to begin painting.
You should have already selected the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to set about it (!) and have moved away items that mess around your home as remember this is now a WORK AREA and must be treated as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed earlier in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be sorted, rotten wood needs replacing, missing out on window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.
If by this stage you don’t feel great, this is informing you to get a guy in rather! It might actually save you money as a proper decorator will have the ability to the task in a few days that would take you a number of weeks.
As soon as you are confident that all is well, you must start at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally using scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the best surface.
Another terrific time-saving pointer is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have actually painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, however what about attention to detail?
The professional painter will spend 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 give great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a master finish whenever.
One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and ensure the tape intrudes onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you do not lift the tape or get paint under it.
As quickly as you have finished one line or section, thoroughly eliminate 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 floor.
There does exist a special painters tape, offered from your regional Do It Yourself store, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more costly than masking tape.
LEADING SUGGESTION: For a master finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade store and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies stop working to tell 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 think drinking your brush thinners appears like a good idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.
Test your paint, and even your skills, on an obscure location at ground level, on a really little location 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 DIY painters mistakenly believe the very best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low chance of rain.
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 warm day, the sun will shine on the wall and I guarantee that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day end up with eye pressure.
When it is cloudy and try and end up mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are positive there is no chance of rain because the painted wall could end up suffering from a term not extensively known in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients consisted of in the paint ending up being affected by moisture 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 obviously for rollers, utilize the special tray or extended buckets (troughs) created to deal with rollers.
You can purchase 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 likewise have useful hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, location the cover back on the tin.
Starting at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a great finish of paint but not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, but keep in mind most house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so pay attention as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to end up the task off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have discovered other things that require to get done too, such as a broken window pane, missing rain gutter clips or a blocked rain gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely painted house, you need to complete the task off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem locations repaired, or it just 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 nearby to the house.
This will complete it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually purchased from the shop. This can also earn you brownie points and maybe even a good suggestion at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic finish.
The final tip I will give 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 self-confidence they often begin at the bottom and develop.
We understand this as quite often the keen Do It Yourself painter will begin the task, realise he or she can’t finish it and then they call NEVER EVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that really name? TOP!
You must constantly start 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 a right method to do practically whatever in life, and, offered you take heed to this collection of beautiful easy tips, and utilize the technique properly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the final eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of primary significance.
Do not take threats and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under estimate how major a job painting the house can be.
It is essential also that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I do not imply super positive as we all have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, but if you are absolutely terrified stuff of this then do yourself a favour and employ somebody else to paint your house!
Painting the outside does at least require some planning and preparation however if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a nice looking house … for now anyhow.
Painters and designers have to go through a particular training duration before they are let loose on homes and business premises, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you truly don’t have an idea or lack self-confidence as it is challenging.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, eSSENTIAL SECURITY GUIDANCE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of statistics for DIY associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts turning up at healthcare facility each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send 41,000 individuals to healthcare facility every year– typically resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most harmful tools according to the Home Mishap Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Scalpels and knives (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. Aircrafts (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 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 dripping into eyes from ceilings and slabs falling onto hands and feet.
When they hurry jobs or are tired, people often make mistakes.
Lots of people overstate their capabilities, for instance gas and electric work must be delegated the professionals, and the same opts for decorating.
Wise words undoubtedly.
Long times, choosing to conserve a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Designing.
A lot of Painters and Decorators 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 consumer wanted which was about it and some didn’t even tidy up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than simply the painting.
A lot of the conventional painters and decorators often specialise in other locations of the embellishing organization, such as painting extremely tall structures, using hygienic finishings inside hospitals, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one floor of your house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
If a small breeze is in the air, you may wish to briefly put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes.
Finally, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the very best until last and this should be the much easier bit.
Once again, ensure that no one is around your home where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” indications everywhere, simply to make it clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have actually ended up decorating.
Anyhow, you require to eliminate any masking paper you installed, if suitable, making sure 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 level and your local climate, the paint should be dry the next day however 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 obtain from most Do It Yourself stores and then 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 idea **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply professional, easy 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 pipe.
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