Leading ideas on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
, if it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The dreadful time to get the beyond the house smartened and cleaned up, but there are a few things you actually need to understand, so we put together a few of our finest top pointers and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you’ve done it before, or wish to paint for the first time, these crucial techniques and suggestions will assist you accomplish a good finish, and do it securely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy job and in most cases, we would suggest calling a designer or wall finishing expert, however if you expensive having a go yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting guru Person Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that little bit simpler!
The following pointers belong to painting the OUTSIDE of the house, not the within, although there are most likely one or two of my pointers that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the possible DANGERS involved in handling a large home enhancement project like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some scary stats on mishaps whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you read on …
Remember that maintaining the character of your house will be something that you need to consider before you begin the job and if your home is listed or in a sanctuary, they may be certain constraints on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This may appear incredibly obvious to everyone however you would marvel the number of individuals fail to plan, and then obviously strategy to fail, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to take a seat and compose an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you need to take a look at, make a list of things you will need (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and maybe also exercise how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Prepare to paint!
Another thing people don’t 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 hard work and if you do not make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look horrible.
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 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 wind up painting the patio area and your lawn too.
Make certain you are able and physically prepared to perform this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make sure likewise you use old or general clothes as many outside paints and wall coverings, specifically water resistant ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT rinse of your clothes.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of people beginning their designing in earnest, only to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire 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 carry on, when the entire wall is ended up, 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 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 big tub with a sealable lid and then blend them entirely.
Simply dispense the paint you require from the larger container.
This likewise conserves wastage and that suggests IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur on a regular basis, especially with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Pick the very best masonry paint you can pay for.
- Brushes and rollers of various sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Handle with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and assorted hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the location clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require BEFORE YOU START!
This need to be more or less 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 SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy low-cost brushes to conserve cash as they normally shed their bristles which can ruin your paint job and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Clean the walls of your home before painting.
Gradually your house, particularly if situated next to a roadway, will pick up dust, dirt and grime, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because paint won’t treat it, will not clean it, and also paint, when completed, will look horrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls beforehand, and permit to dry, your general paint surface will be much better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally easy to find, however for the very best painting job, you need to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will get rid of any friable or loose material on the wall.
If your walls show signs of mould and green growth, they might be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to take a look at it PRIOR TO you apply the paint.
This likewise applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be a sign that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If the house has a lot of grime then use a power washer, but just the type that is used to clean your car 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 faster.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, however if you have not done this before, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a few things you require to know prior to hand.
To avoid the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you need to mask up locations that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you develop 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, however your vehicle too, and your spouse’s treasured increased bush!!!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the wet course on the ground.
Why? Because not just will this tip **** save you about two days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just expert, basic as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather merely, most of any house painting job is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you at least 3 DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall needs to be PREPARED for the paint, so you require to take a look at any fractures that require filling, maybe old render that has actually 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 bumps, holes and fractures.
If you take some time in preparing, and you do not need to be a professional decorator, you will SAVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is HARD 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 roofings, 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, especially a high house is typically not an excellent concept for the newbie painter so browse the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding business.
You would ideally discover one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance coverage.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I mean psychologically, not just prepared as in “I simply spent a load of cash down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You should have currently selected 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 mess around your 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 spoke about earlier in the text, is vital if your paint task is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint needs to be taken off, hollow rendering needs to be sorted, rotten wood needs replacing, 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 man in instead if by this phase you don’t feel confident! It could really save you cash as an appropriate decorator will have the ability to the job in a few days that would take you numerous weeks.
Once you are confident that all is well, you ought to start at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally using scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the very 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 professional painter will spend a great deal of time on information, 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 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 make sure the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a couple of mm only.
Then paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you do not get or lift the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have actually completed one line or area, thoroughly get rid of the tape, standing away 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, available from your regional DIY shop, which is far better for this sort of thing, however more pricey than masking tape.
TOP POINTER: For a master finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade shop and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to inform the public.
Animals need to 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 believe 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 paint or the area you are painting.
Test your paint, and even your abilities, on an unknown area at ground level, on a really little 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.
Lots of DIY painters incorrectly believe the best time to paint your house is mid summer season because of the low chance of rain.
The best sort of weather condition 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 bright 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 wind up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and attempt and finish 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 might end up suffering from a term not extensively understood in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components included in the paint becoming affected by moisture which then brings components of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal bucket referred to as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, utilize the special tray or elongated buckets (troughs) created 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 (listed below).
Some also have handy hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
Location the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Beginning at the top, and utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a great finish of paint but not excessive so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember most house paint tasks need 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 brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to end up the job off!
What I mean is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that require to get done too, such as a broken window pane, missing out on rain gutter clips or an obstructed seamless gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you need to finish the task off, and it’s 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 area nearby to the house.
This will finish 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 suggestion at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific finish.
The last tip I will offer you today is to begin your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This at first seems apparent however with the unskilled painter might be lacking self-confidence they frequently start at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as frequently the eager Do It Yourself painter will start the job, understand he or she can’t finish it and after that they contact NEVER EVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP designers are known by that very name? TOP!
You must always start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, and work downwards, even if just 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 a technique and a proper method to do almost whatever in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of beautiful basic tips, and use the technique correctly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any problems.
And the last eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of main value.
Do not take dangers and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under estimate how significant a job painting the house can be.
It is essential likewise that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I do not imply incredibly confident as we all have our fears and concerns if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, however if you are definitely frightened stuff of this then do yourself a favour and employ someone else to paint your house!
Painting the exterior does at least require some forethought and planning however if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate 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 houses and company properties, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you really do not have an idea or absence self-confidence as it is challenging.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, important SAFETY SUGGESTIONS.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for Do It Yourself associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts showing up at medical facility each year.
When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 individuals to health center every year– typically resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most harmful tools according to the Home Accident Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Scalpels and knives (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. Airplanes (2,100).
10. Welding Devices (2,000).
The top 10 DIY materials to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 mishaps).
- Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
- Metal bars, sheets etc. (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 accidents include cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from ceilings and slabs falling onto hands and feet.
Individuals typically make errors when they rush jobs or are tired.
Many people overestimate their capabilities, for instance gas and electrical work ought to be left to the experts, and the exact same goes for decorating.
Long times, choosing 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 task they do, many Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would just show up and paint what the consumer wanted which had to do with 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 traditional painters and designers often specialise in other areas of the decorating business, such as painting very tall buildings, using hygienic finishings inside healthcare 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 the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You may desire to momentarily put masking over the windows to avoid a fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a slight breeze is in the air.
Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to conserve the best till last and this need to be the simpler bit.
Again, make sure that nobody is around the house where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” indications everywhere, just to make it crystal clear. Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have ended up decorating.
Anyway, you require to remove any masking paper you put up, if applicable, 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 level and your local environment, the paint should be dry the next day however 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 receive from most DIY shops and after that 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.
Since not just will this pointer **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its just expert, simple as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
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