Leading tips 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 and smartened up, but there are a few things you truly require to understand, so we create a few of our best top ideas and decorating recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it in the past, or want to paint for the first time, these important tricks and pointers will help you accomplish a great surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy job and oftentimes, we would suggest calling a designer or wall coating professional, but if you fancy taking a crack at yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting master Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that little bit easier!
The following ideas relate to painting the BEYOND your home, not the within, although there are probably a couple of of my ideas that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the prospective RISKS associated with handling a large home enhancement project like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary data on mishaps whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you keep reading …
Keep in mind that keeping the character of your house will be something that you should consider prior to you start the task and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they may be certain limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyway, here we go, our top ten ideas to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the work in advance of painting!
This may appear incredibly obvious to everyone however you would marvel how many people fail to plan, and after that naturally strategy to stop working, so jot down what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t need to sit down and compose an essay, just 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 things you will need (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and maybe likewise work out just how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Get ready 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 sat down in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes effort 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 prepared themselves and understands the value of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the flooring. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you do not end up painting the patio and your yard too.
Make certain you are able and physically ready to perform this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe use.
Make sure also you wear overall or old clothes as many outside paints and wall finishings, especially water resistant ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the materials needed to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of people beginning their decorating in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another journey to the DIY store 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 utilized. DOH!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: The only method you can be sure, if you are uncertain about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid securely on!), And After That pour each one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable lid and after that mix them entirely.
Simply give the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise conserves waste and that implies IT SAVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place frequently, particularly with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Pick the best masonry paint you can pay for.
- Brushes and rollers of different sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint thinners, 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 cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if suitable) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and gain access to devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This need to be more or less all you will need however remember, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve money as they usually shed their bristles which can ruin your paint task and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING CASH!
4. Clean the walls of the house before painting.
Gradually your house, specifically if situated next to a road, will get dirt, dust and grime, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with just primer, since paint won’t cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, when completed, will look horrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls ahead of time, and allow to dry, your total paint surface will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is normally simple to spot, nevertheless for the very best painting task, you require to CLEAN the exterior of your house.
This will get rid of any loose or friable product on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they may be concealing a wet issue within the walls, so if you are not sure, get someone experienced to look at it PRIOR TO you use the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface area itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is advised prior to any painting is done.
If the house has a great deal of grime then use a power washer, but just the type that is used to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed below, which was a painting pebbledash job we did 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 just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a few things you need to know before hand.
To prevent 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.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you create a fine mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, but your car too, and your spouse’s valued increased bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: If you see in the picture we likewise laid dust sheets down, and then paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not only will this pointer **** save you about two days of tidying up **** later on, its just professional, easy as that. ACT like a professional if you want to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite merely, most of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will save you at least 3 DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to look at any cracks that require filling, possibly old render that has left 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 time in preparing, and you don’t have to be an expert decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time 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 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 high house is typically not a great concept for the beginner painter so check out the yellow pages for a trusted scaffolding business.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance.
Starting the painting.
OK, first of all, now you are ready, and ready, I indicate psychologically, not just prepared as in “I just invested a load of cash down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You ought to have currently picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to go about it (!) and have actually moved away items that clutter around your house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and must be dealt with as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed previously in the text, is important if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be arranged, rotten wood requires changing, missing window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.
This is informing you to get a guy in rather if by this phase you don’t feel positive! It could really conserve you cash as an appropriate decorator will have the ability to the job in a few days that would take you several weeks.
When you are positive that all is well, you should begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the very best finish.
Another terrific time-saving tip 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 large surface area, but what about attention to information?
The pro painter will spend a lot of time on details, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves 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 give nice, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro finish whenever.
One pointer is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and ensure the tape intrudes onto the window frame by a couple of mm just.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, making certain you don’t get or raise the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have completed 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 find that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist a special painters tape, readily available from your regional Do It Yourself shop, which is better for this sort of thing, but more expensive than masking tape.
TOP POINTER: For a real pro surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade shop and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business fail to inform the general 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 looks like an excellent idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.
Test your paint, and even your skills, on an unknown location at ground level, on an extremely small 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.
Because of the low opportunity of rain, numerous DIY painters incorrectly believe the finest time to paint your house is mid summer.
The very best sort of weather to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.
This is because 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 individuals who do this every day wind up with eye stress.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait 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 commonly understood in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when active ingredients consisted of in the paint ending up being affected by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal container known as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, use the special tray or extended pails (troughs) created to work with rollers.
You can buy a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for applying paint with a roller, you need a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have handy 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 good finish of paint however not excessive so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however keep in mind the majority 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 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 split window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you need to complete the job off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue areas repaired, or it simply ruins all the effort you put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other location outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or a minimum of the location closest to your home.
This will complete it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually purchased from the store. If you are doing some painting for someone else, this can likewise earn you brownie points and maybe even a good suggestion at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for an excellent finish.
The last tip I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This initially appears obvious however with the unskilled painter may be lacking self-confidence they typically start at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the task, understand he or she can’t complete it and after that they call NEVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are known by that extremely name? TOP!
You must always start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, 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, offered you take heed to this collection of beautiful simple tips, and utilize the method correctly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the final take away
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take dangers and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under quote how major a job painting the house can be.
It is important likewise that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I don’t imply incredibly confident as all of us have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, but if you are absolutely scared stuff of this then do yourself a favour and employ another person to paint the house!
Painting the exterior does a minimum of require some planning and planning 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 particular training period prior to they are let loose on homes and company properties, so bear that in mind when you begin and do not attempt to paint your house if you truly do not have a hint or lack self-confidence as it is challenging.
IMPORTANT SECURITY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of data for DIY related accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers showing up at hospital each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send 41,000 people to health center each year– often resulting in some of the most severe injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most dangerous tools according to the Home Accident Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Scalpels and knives (21,300 mishaps in the Dublin each year).
2. Saws (15,100).
3. Grinders (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 Devices (2,000).
The leading 10 Do It Yourself materials to take care 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).
Typical Do It Yourself accidents include cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
People frequently make errors when they hurry tasks or are tired.
Many individuals overestimate their abilities, for example gas and electric work should be delegated the specialists, and the same opts for decorating.
Long times, deciding to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Designing.
When it comes to the job they do, many Painters and Decorators now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would simply show up and paint what the customer desired 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.
Much of the standard painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating business, such as painting very tall structures, applying hygienic finishes inside hospitals, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one floor of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
You may want to temporarily 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.
Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to save the best up until last and this must be the much easier bit.
Once again, ensure that nobody is around your home where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” signs everywhere, just to make it clear. Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have ended up designing.
Anyhow, you need to remove any masking paper you set up, if suitable, making sure it doesn’t 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 needs to be dry the next day however 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 an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from the majority of DIY 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 tip **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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