Leading ideas on how to paint your house like an expert 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 up, however there are a few things you really need to know, so we create some of our finest top pointers and embellishing suggestions for you.
Whether you have actually done it in the past, or want to paint for the first time, these important techniques and suggestions will assist you attain an excellent surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy task and in a lot of cases, we would suggest calling a designer or wall covering expert, however if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting expert Person Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that little bit much easier!
The following pointers belong to painting the OUTSIDE of your house, not the within, 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 large home improvement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some scary 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 before you begin the job and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they might be certain limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading 10 ideas to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This may seem incredibly apparent to everyone however you would marvel how many individuals stop working to plan, and then naturally strategy to fail, so jot down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to take a seat and write an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of stuff you will need (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise exercise just how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Prepare yourself to paint!
Another thing people do not appear 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 effort 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 also covering the flooring. It is not simply 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 and your lawn too.
Make certain you are physically ready and able to carry out this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Ensure also you wear general or old clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall coatings, specifically waterproof ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of people beginning their decorating in earnest, just 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 DIY shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, once the whole wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: The only method you can be sure, if you are not sure about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover securely on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and then blend them completely.
Simply dispense the paint you need from the larger 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 take place quite often, particularly 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 numerous 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 area clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and gain access to equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need PRIOR TO YOU START!
This ought to be basically all you will require nevertheless remember, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
TOP TIP: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to save money as they typically shed their bristles which can destroy your paint task and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Tidy the walls of the house prior to painting.
Gradually your house, particularly if located next to a roadway, will pick up dirt, dust and gunk, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, since paint won’t treat it, won’t clean it, and also paint, when finished, will look awful if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and allow to dry, your overall paint finish will be much better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally simple 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 show indications of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are unsure, 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 fractures, this could be an indication that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.
If your home has a great deal of grime then use a power washer, but only 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 performed 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 actually refrained from doing this in the past, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, but there’s a few things you require to know before hand.
To avoid the spray going where you don’t desire it to go, you must mask up areas that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Remember 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, but your automobile too, and your wife’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and then paper as much as the wet course on the ground.
Why? Because not just will this idea **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just professional, basic as that. ACT like a pro if you want to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite merely, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will save 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 require filling, maybe old render that has actually come away from the wall and is hollow, and eliminate mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any holes, cracks and bumps.
If you take time in preparing, and you do not have to be an expert decorator, you will SAVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is NOT easy and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply 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 used to paint a house, to stand back to admire your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, especially a tall house is typically not an excellent idea for the beginner painter so check out the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding business.
You would ideally discover one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance.
Beginning the painting.
OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and ready, I indicate mentally, not simply prepared as in “I simply invested a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You ought to have currently chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is properly to go about it (!) and have actually moved away items that clutter around the 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 discussed previously in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be arranged, rotten wood needs changing, missing out on window putty requires 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 informing you to get a man in instead! It could in fact save you money as a correct decorator will have the ability to the task in a couple of days that would take you a number of weeks.
As soon as you are positive that all is well, you ought to begin at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to achieve the best finish.
Another excellent 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 area, however what about attention to detail?
The pro painter will spend a lot of time on information, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners where the roller didn’t reach, or ensuring the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro finish whenever.
One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make certain the tape intrudes onto the window frame by a couple of mm only.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you do not get or lift the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have completed one line or area, carefully 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 floor 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 far better for this sort of thing, but more costly than masking tape.
TOP POINTER: For a master finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade shop and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to tell 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 consuming your brush slimmers looks like an excellent 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.
Check your paint, and even your skills, on an odd area at ground level, on a really small location to start with. Make sure 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 much easier.
Due to the fact that of the low opportunity of rain, numerous DIY painters incorrectly believe the best time to paint your house is mid summertime.
The very 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 warm day, the sun will shine on the wall and I ensure that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye strain.
Paint when it is cloudy and try 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 might wind up struggling with a term not extensively understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when active ingredients consisted of in the paint becoming affected by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal pail called a paint kettle and obviously for rollers, use the special tray or elongated 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 bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have useful hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, place the lid back on the tin.
Beginning at the top, and utilizing a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has an excellent finishing of paint but not too much so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember a lot of house paint tasks require 2 coats of paint, so focus as you will be doing all of this twice.
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 mean is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing seamless gutter clips or a blocked seamless gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely painted house, you require to complete the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue locations repaired, or it just ruins all the effort you take into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other area outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or a minimum of the area nearest to your home.
This will complete it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the shop. If you are doing some painting for another person, this can also make you brownie points and maybe even a good idea at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific surface.
The final suggestion I will give you today is to begin your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This initially seems obvious however with the unskilled painter might be lacking self-confidence they frequently begin at the bottom and develop.
We understand this as on a regular basis the eager DIY painter will begin the job, realise she or he can’t finish it and after that they get in touch with NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are known by that extremely 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 chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor exterior?
There is an approach and a correct way to do nearly everything in life, and, supplied you beware to this collection of beautiful basic ideas, and utilize the approach properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the last remove
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also 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 home can be.
It is important likewise that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I don’t imply very confident as we all have our worries and concerns if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are definitely scared things of this then do yourself a favour and hire somebody else to paint the house!
Painting the exterior does at least require some forethought and preparation however if you get it right, you can anticipate a great looking house … for now anyhow.
Painters and designers need to go through a particular training period prior to they are let loose on houses and business facilities, so bear that in mind when you start and do not attempt to paint your house if you truly do not have a clue or lack confidence as it is hard.
IMPORTANT SAFETY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for Do It Yourself related accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts turning up at medical facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 people to health center yearly– typically resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people seeking 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. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Devices (2,000).
The leading ten Do It Yourself products to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (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 etc. (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical DIY mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
When they hurry jobs or are tired, individuals typically make errors.
Many people overstate their abilities, for example gas and electric work must be delegated the professionals, and the very same goes for decorating.
Wise words certainly.
Long times, choosing 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 Decorators and painters now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply show up and paint what the consumer desired and that had to do with it and some didn’t even tidy up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the job than simply the painting.
Much of the standard painters and decorators sometimes specialise in other locations of the decorating service, such as painting very high buildings, applying hygienic finishings inside hospitals, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
As soon as you have actually painted one floor of your house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
If a minor breeze is in the air, you might wish to briefly put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes.
Lastly, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the very best until last and this need to be the easier bit.
Once again, ensure that no one is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “WET PAINT!” signs all over, simply to make it crystal 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 installed, if relevant, ensuring it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature level and your regional environment, the paint ought to be dry the next day but 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 a lot of Do It Yourself stores and after that save them away for another day.
We would recommend “DIALL” brush cleaner from B&Q EUR9.97 for 2 litres, will last you for ages.
Since not just will this pointer **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just professional, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
* NOTE: Combine the our painters dublin service with house painting, commercial painting, furniture painting,wallpapering, plastering services, spray painting and benefit from our discounts. Or just simply contact us for a free quote. Please also have a look at our amazing testimonials and gallery. Our sitemap, about us and blog.
Areas We Cover (AlexTrendPainters.ie)
Learn More About Painting and Painters