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 and smartened up, but there are a few things you truly require to know, so we put together some of our best top suggestions and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you’ve done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these essential techniques and suggestions will help you attain an excellent surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy task and in most cases, we would suggest calling a decorator or wall finishing specialist, however if you expensive taking a crack at yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting master Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that bit simpler!
The following pointers belong to painting the OUTSIDE of the house, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my tips that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the prospective THREATS involved in taking on a big home improvement job like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening data on accidents whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you keep reading …
Remember that maintaining the character of your house will be something that you must think about prior to you begin the task and if your home is listed or in a conservation area, they may be particular constraints on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten tips to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This may appear very obvious to everybody but you would be surprised the number of individuals stop working to prepare, and then of course strategy to stop working, so document what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You don’t need to sit down and write an essay, simply 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 stuff you will require (Don’t forget to purchase the paint itself!), and maybe also work out just how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Prepare 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 sat down 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 terrible.
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 just 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 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 utilized to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Make sure also you wear old or total clothing as many outside paints and wall coatings, particularly water resistant ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT wash out of your clothes.
3. Get the materials needed to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of people starting their designing in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another journey to the Do It Yourself shop yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and continue, 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 uncertain about how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid strongly on!), AND THEN put every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and after that blend them completely.
Simply dispense the paint you require from the larger container.
This also saves waste which implies IT SAVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur on a regular basis, 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 manage.
- 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 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 fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This must be basically all you will need however bear in mind, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
LEADING POINTER: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to save money as they usually shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job and take two times as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Tidy the walls of your house prior to painting.
Over time your house, especially if located beside a roadway, will get gunk, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, because paint will not cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, when completed, will look horrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and allow to dry, your total paint surface will be much better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally easy to identify, 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 material on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they might be concealing a moist problem within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get someone experienced to look at it BEFORE you use 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 needs re-rendering, and this is recommended prior to any painting is done.
If your house has a great deal of grime then use a power washer, but just the type that is utilized to clean your cars and truck or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed below, which was a painting pebbledash task we did in Dublin.
5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, but if you have not done this in the past, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a few things you need to know 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 create a great 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 car too, and your better half’s prized increased bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and then paper approximately the moist course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not only will this tip **** save you about 2 days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just professional, basic as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite merely, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you at least 3 DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to look at any cracks that need filling, perhaps old render that has actually 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 cracks.
If you take time in preparing, and you do not need 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 people get killed, or at finest, injure themselves by falling from roofing systems, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy if you are not used 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 often not an excellent idea for the beginner painter so browse 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 likewise proof of insurance.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and prepared, I imply psychologically, not just prepared as in “I simply spent a load of money down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to start painting.
You ought to have currently picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is properly to go about it (!) and have moved away products that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and should be dealt with as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is necessary if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint needs 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 do not feel great, this is telling you to get a male in rather! It might actually conserve you cash as a correct designer will have the ability to the job in a couple of days that would take you a number of weeks.
Once 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 accomplish the best finish.
Another excellent time-saving suggestion is to do with the rounding off of the task AFTER you have actually painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large area, but what about attention to information?
The professional painter will invest a lot of time on information, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners 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 great, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a master 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 couple of mm only.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you don’t get or lift the tape paint under it.
As soon as you have actually finished one line or section, thoroughly get rid of the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may find that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
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 costly than masking tape.
TOP POINTER: For a master finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade store and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is far better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to inform the general public.
Animals must 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 consuming your brush slimmers seems like a great 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.
Evaluate your paint, or perhaps your abilities, on an obscure area at ground level, on a really small location to start with. Make sure the surface 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.
Due to the fact that of the low opportunity of rain, many DIY painters wrongly think the finest 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 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 impact your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and try and end up mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are positive there is no chance of rain because the painted wall might wind up experiencing a term not widely 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, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal container called a paint kettle and obviously for rollers, use the special tray or extended buckets (troughs) designed to deal with rollers.
You can buy 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 likewise have convenient hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
Place the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a good finishing of paint however not too much so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, but keep in mind a lot of house paint tasks require 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 sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to end up the task off!
What I suggest is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing rain gutter clips or an obstructed seamless gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a perfectly painted house, you require to end up the task off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue areas fixed, 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 a minimum of the location closest to your house.
This will complete it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the shop. This can also make you brownie points and maybe even a great tip at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for an excellent finish.
The last suggestion I will provide you today is to begin your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This in the beginning appears obvious however with the unskilled painter may be doing not have confidence they often begin at the bottom and develop.
We know this as frequently the keen Do It Yourself painter will begin the task, realise she or he can’t finish it and then they call NEVER PAINT AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP designers are understood by that extremely moniker? TOP!
You must always start 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 outside?
There is a technique and a right method to do almost whatever in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of beautiful basic ideas, and utilize the method properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the final take away
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is likewise of main importance.
Do not take threats and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under quote how major a job painting your house can be.
It is very important likewise that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I don’t mean very positive as all of us have our worries and worries if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, but if you are absolutely afraid stuff of this then do yourself a favour and work with someone else to paint the house!
Painting the outside does a minimum of require some forethought and planning but if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a good looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Painters and designers have to go through a specific training duration prior to they are let loose on homes and company facilities, so bear that in mind when you start and do not try to paint your house if you truly do not have an idea or lack self-confidence as it is hard.
ESSENTIAL SECURITY SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of statistics for DIY related mishaps:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers turning up at health center each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 people to hospital each year– frequently 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 Accident Surveillance 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 Devices (2,000).
The leading ten Do It Yourself products to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 mishaps).
- 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).
Common Do It Yourself mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
When they hurry tasks or are tired, people typically make mistakes.
Lots of people overstate their abilities, for instance gas and electrical work should be left to the specialists, and the exact same goes for embellishing.
Long times, deciding to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Decorating.
The majority of Designers and painters now have a lot more things to think of when it comes to the job they do.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just turn up and paint what the consumer desired which 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.
Many of the standard painters and decorators in some cases specialise in other locations of the embellishing organization, such as painting really high buildings, applying hygienic finishings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
As soon as you have painted one flooring of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
If a small breeze is in the air, you might wish to momentarily put masking over the windows to avoid a great paint spray or drips on the glass panes.
Finally, back to the most convenient bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to conserve the very best until last and this must be the much easier bit.
Once again, ensure that no one is around the house where you are painting and make sure you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications everywhere, simply to make it crystal clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have actually ended up decorating.
Anyway, you require to eliminate any masking paper you put up, if applicable, ensuring it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.
In most cases, and depending on temperature level and your local environment, the paint needs to 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 a special brush cleaner you can get from many Do It Yourself 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 **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, simple as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
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