Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like an expert designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreadful time to get the beyond your house cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a couple of things you truly need to know, so we create some of our finest top ideas and decorating advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it before, or wish to paint for the very first time, these crucial techniques and pointers will assist you accomplish an excellent surface, and do it securely too.
Painting the house is NOT an easy job and in many cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall coating specialist, but if you fancy taking a crack at yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting master Person Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit simpler!
The following ideas relate to painting the BEYOND your home, not the within, although there are probably one or two of my ideas that relate to both activities.
Plus we also have a look at the possible THREATS involved in taking on a big home enhancement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening data on mishaps whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you continue reading …
Remember that preserving the character of your house will be something that you ought to think about prior to you start the project and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they might be particular constraints on what colour you can use.
Anyway, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This may appear incredibly apparent to everyone however you would marvel the number of people stop working to plan, and then obviously plan to stop working, so make a note of what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not need to take a seat and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you need to look at, make a list of things you will need (Don’t forget to purchase the paint itself!), and maybe also exercise how much you plan to invest in this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing individuals don’t appear to do is to prepare THEMSELVES for the work ahead.
Painting a house is NOT the same as 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 significance of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. It is not just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you don’t wind up painting the patio area and your yard too.
Ensure you are able and physically prepared to carry out this work as it does require endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Ensure also you wear total or old clothing as lots of outside paints and wall finishings, particularly waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothes.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of people beginning their decorating in earnest, only to find 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 store yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, once the entire wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: The only method 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 cover firmly on!), AND THEN put each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable lid and then mix them entirely.
Just give the paint you need from the larger container.
This likewise saves wastage which indicates IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place on a regular basis, specifically with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Choose 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 various 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 suitable) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and gain access to devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need PRIOR TO YOU START!
This should be basically all you will require nevertheless bear in mind, we are talking 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 ruin your paint task and take two times as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Tidy the walls of your house prior to painting.
Gradually your house, especially if located next to a roadway, will get dirt, grime and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, due to the fact that paint will not treat it, will not clean it, and also paint, once finished, will look horrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and permit to dry, your general paint finish will be far better.
That sort of dirt build up is usually easy to identify, nevertheless for the best painting task, you require to CLEAN the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they might be concealing a wet problem within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get someone experienced to look at it BEFORE you use the paint.
This likewise applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has fractures, this could be an indication that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is recommended prior to any painting is done.
If your home has a lot of grime then use a power washer, but only the type that is utilized to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed 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 only 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 prevent the spray going where you don’t desire it to go, you should mask up locations that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you create a great mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, but your automobile too, and your better half’s prized increased bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL SECRET: If you see in the photo we also laid dust sheets down, and after that paper as much as the moist course on the ground.
Why? Because not just will this pointer **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** later on, its just expert, basic as that. ACT like a professional if you want to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite just, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up later on.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you require to look at any cracks that need filling, perhaps old render that has come away 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 bumps, cracks and holes.
If you take some time in preparing, and you do not need to be an expert designer, you will SAVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is HARD and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of people get eliminated, or at best, injure themselves by falling from roofing systems, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple if you are not utilized 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 high house is frequently not a good idea for the novice painter so look through the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding business.
You would ideally discover 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, to begin with, now you are ready, and ready, I mean psychologically, not just prepared as in “I simply invested a load of money down at the DIY store” and you are ready to start painting.
You must have currently chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to go about it (!) and have moved away items that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and needs to be dealt with as such.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed previously in the text, is necessary if your paint task is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint needs to be taken off, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood needs changing, missing out on window putty requires 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 stage you don’t feel confident! It might actually 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.
Once you are positive that all is well, you ought to start at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the very best surface.
Another fantastic time-saving tip is to do with the finishing off of the task AFTER you have actually painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, however what about attention to detail?
The pro 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 making sure the paint has 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 every time.
One pointer is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make sure the tape intrudes onto the window frame by a few mm just.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, making certain you do not raise the tape or get 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 might find that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, offered from your local DIY shop, which is far better for this sort of thing, however more expensive than masking tape.
LEADING POINTER: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade shop and buy the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint business fail to tell the general 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 consuming your brush slimmers looks like a great concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the paint or the area you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, or even your abilities, on an odd location at ground level, on an extremely small area 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 a lot easier.
Many DIY painters mistakenly believe the best time to paint your house is mid summer season because of the low chance of rain.
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 people who do this every day wind up with eye stress.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and end up mid afternoon if possible.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are positive there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall could end up suffering from a term not commonly known in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when active ingredients included in the paint ending up being impacted by wetness which then brings components 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, utilize a light metal pail called a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, use the special tray or extended pails (troughs) created 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 need a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some likewise have convenient hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, location the cover back on the tin.
Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has an excellent finish of paint however not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember the majority of house paint tasks 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 sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to complete the job off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that need to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing rain gutter clips or an obstructed seamless gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely painted house, you need to complete the task off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue areas 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 at least the location closest to the house.
This will complete it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. If you are doing some painting for another person, this can also earn you brownie points and maybe even a good tip at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a great surface.
The last suggestion I will give you today is to begin your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This initially seems apparent but with the unskilled painter may be lacking confidence they often start at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as frequently the keen Do It Yourself painter will begin the task, understand he or she can’t finish it and after that they call NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP decorators are understood by that extremely 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 opportunity to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor outside?
There is a technique and an appropriate method to do almost everything in life, and, supplied you take heed to this collection of pretty simple pointers, and use the method properly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the final take away
SAFETY whilst painting and designing is also of primary significance.
Do not take threats and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under price quote how major a job painting your house can be.
It is important likewise that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I do not mean incredibly positive as all of us have our fears and concerns 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 work with another person to paint your house!
Painting the exterior does at least require some planning and preparation however if you get it right, you can look forward to a good looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and designers need 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 don’t attempt to paint your house if you actually do not have an idea or absence confidence as it is not easy.
CRUCIAL SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of stats for Do It Yourself associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers showing up at medical facility each year.
When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send 41,000 people to healthcare facility each year– often resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.
The most unsafe 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 Equipment (2,000).
The leading 10 Do It Yourself materials to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 accidents).
- 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 television 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, individuals often make mistakes.
Many people overstate their abilities, for instance gas and electric work should be left to the experts, and the same opts for embellishing.
Wise words indeed.
Some times, deciding to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Specialist Painting and Decorating.
When it comes to the job they do, many Decorators and painters now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would simply turn up and paint what the client wanted 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 task than simply the painting.
Much of the standard painters and designers often specialise in other locations of the decorating service, such as painting really tall buildings, applying hygienic finishes inside hospitals, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
As soon as you have painted one floor of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You might desire to temporarily put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a minor breeze is in the air.
Finally, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to save the very best till last and this must be the much easier bit.
Once again, ensure that no one is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications all over, simply to make it clear. Ensure you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have completed designing.
Anyhow, you need to get rid of any masking paper you put up, if appropriate, ensuring it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
For the most part, and depending on temperature level and your local environment, the paint needs to be dry the next day however ensure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Tidy your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can receive from the majority of Do It Yourself stores and after that store 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 only will this suggestion **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, simple as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
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