Top tips on how to paint your house like an expert decorator
, if it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond your home smartened and cleaned up, however there are a couple of things you truly need to understand, so we put together some of our finest leading ideas and embellishing recommendations for you.
Whether you’ve done it in the past, or want to paint for the very first time, these important tricks and suggestions will assist you achieve a good surface, and do it safely too.
Painting the house is NOT a simple task and in many cases, we would recommend calling a decorator or wall finishing professional, but if you expensive having a go yourself, here’s a couple of hints from house painting master Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that bit much easier!
The following tips relate to painting the BEYOND the house, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my suggestions that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the prospective DANGERS involved in handling a big home enhancement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening statistics on accidents whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you continue reading …
Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you need to think about prior to you start the project and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they may be specific constraints on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading 10 ideas to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!
This might appear incredibly obvious to everyone however you would be surprised the number of individuals fail to plan, and after that naturally plan to stop working, so document what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to sit down and compose an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repairs or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of stuff you will require (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise work out how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Prepare yourself to paint!
Another thing individuals do not 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 effort and if you don’t make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look terrible.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows 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 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 require endurance, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Make sure likewise you wear overall or old clothing as lots of exterior paints and wall coatings, specifically waterproof 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 individuals beginning their decorating in earnest, only to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another trip to the Do It Yourself shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and carry on, as soon as the whole wall is ended up, 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 not exactly sure about 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 lid and after that mix them all together.
Just dispense the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise conserves waste which implies IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place frequently, especially with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Choose the very best masonry paint you can pay for.
- 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 assorted hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the location tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will need however keep in mind, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
LEADING TIP: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they usually shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Tidy the walls of your house before painting.
With time your house, specifically if situated next to a road, will get dust, gunk and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, because paint won’t cure it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, once completed, will look horrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls beforehand, and allow to dry, your total paint surface will be much better.
That sort of dirt build up is usually easy to identify, nevertheless for the best painting job, you require to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose material on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they might be hiding a damp 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 recommended prior to any painting is done.
If the house has a lot of gunk then utilize a power washer, but only the type that is used to clean your vehicle 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 quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, but if you have not done this before, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, however there’s a couple of things you need to understand prior to hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not desire 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 fine mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, however your vehicle too, and your wife’s prized rose bush!!!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the picture we also laid dust sheets down, and then paper approximately the moist course on the ground.
Why? Because not only will this suggestion **** conserve you about two days of tidying up **** later on, its simply professional, easy as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather simply, the majority of any house painting job is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will save you at least 3 DAYS of work and cleaning up later on.
The wall needs to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to take a look at any cracks that require filling, perhaps old render that has left from the wall and is hollow, and eliminate mould, dirt and gunk from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any bumps, holes and cracks.
If you take some time in preparing, and you don’t 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, countless people get killed, or at best, injure themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple 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 often not a good concept for the amateur painter so browse the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding company.
You would ideally find 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, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I imply mentally, not simply prepared as in “I simply spent a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You must have currently picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to set about it (!) And have moved away products that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK LOCATION and must be treated.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is vital if your paint task is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood needs changing, missing 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 guy in instead! It could actually conserve you cash as a correct designer will be able to the job in a couple of days that would take you several weeks.
When you are confident that all is well, you need to start at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the best surface.
Another excellent time-saving idea is to do with the rounding off of the task AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large area, however what about attention to information?
The pro 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 offer good, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a master surface each time.
One pointer is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make sure the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a couple of mm just.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you don’t get or raise the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have actually ended up one line or section, thoroughly get rid of 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 flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, readily available from your regional DIY shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more pricey than masking tape.
LEADING POINTER: For a master finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your local trade store and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is far better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to inform the public.
Animals must 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 think drinking your brush thinners seems like an excellent 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 even your abilities, on an unknown location at ground level, on a very little area to start with. Make sure the surface 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.
Lots of DIY painters incorrectly think the very best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low possibility of rain.
The 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 impact your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye pressure.
When it is cloudy and try and complete mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall could wind up experiencing a term not widely known in Do It Yourself circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components consisted of in the paint ending up being affected by wetness which then brings parts of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal bucket called a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, utilize the unique tray or lengthened buckets (troughs) designed 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 bought 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 using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has an excellent covering of paint but not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but remember a lot of house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so pay attention as you will be doing all of this twice.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to end up the job off!
What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing rain gutter clips or a blocked gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you need to finish the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem locations fixed, 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 area closest to your home.
This will complete it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the shop. If you are doing some painting for someone else, this can also earn you brownie points and perhaps even a great suggestion at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic finish.
The final tip I will provide you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This in the beginning seems apparent but with the inexperienced painter might be lacking self-confidence they typically start at the bottom and develop.
We understand this as quite often the eager DIY painter will begin the job, realise she or he can’t finish it and then they get in touch with NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP decorators are known by that extremely name? 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 opportunity to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor exterior?
There is an approach and an appropriate method to do practically everything in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of beautiful basic ideas, and utilize the method properly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the last remove
SECURITY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of primary value.
Do not take threats and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under estimate how major a job painting the house can be.
It is necessary likewise that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I don’t indicate extremely 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 frightened things of this then do yourself a favour and employ another person to paint the house!
Painting the outside does at least need some planning and planning however if you get it right, you can look forward to a great looking house … for now anyhow.
Designers and painters have to go through a certain training period prior to they are let loose on homes and service properties, so bear that in mind when you start and do not attempt to paint your house if you actually don’t have a hint or lack confidence as it is not easy.
CRUCIAL SECURITY SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of stats for DIY associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers turning up at medical facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 individuals to hospital yearly– typically leading to a few of the most major injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous tools according to the Home Mishap Surveillance System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 accidents 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 ten Do It Yourself materials 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 DIY mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
People typically make mistakes when they rush tasks or are tired.
Many individuals overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electric work must be delegated the specialists, and the same chooses embellishing.
Long times, choosing to conserve a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Decorating.
Most Decorators and painters now have a lot more things to think about when it pertains to the task they do.
In previous years, a painter and designer would just show up and paint what the client desired which was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the task than just the painting.
A lot of the conventional painters and decorators often specialise in other locations of the decorating business, such as painting very high structures, using hygienic finishings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
As soon as you have actually painted one flooring of your house, 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 fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a slight breeze is in the air.
Finally, back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to conserve the best until last and this need to be the simpler bit.
Again, ensure that no one is around the house where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” indications all over, simply to make it crystal clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have finished decorating.
Anyhow, you require to remove any masking paper you set up, if appropriate, ensuring it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
Most of the times, and depending on temperature level and your local climate, the paint ought 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 obtain from a lot of Do It Yourself shops 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.
Since not only will this pointer **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply expert, easy as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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