Top pointers on how to paint your house like a professional designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond your home smartened and cleaned up up, however there are a few things you truly need to know, so we put together a few of our finest top ideas and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it before, or want to paint for the first time, these crucial tricks and ideas will help you achieve a good surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your house is NOT a simple job and in a lot of cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall finishing specialist, however if you fancy having a go yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting master Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit easier!
The following tips are related to painting the OUTSIDE of your home, not the within, although there are probably one or two of my ideas that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the potential DANGERS involved in handling a big home improvement project like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary statistics on mishaps whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you continue reading …
Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you should consider before you begin the project and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they may be specific limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyway, here we go, our top 10 pointers to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This might appear very obvious to everybody however you would marvel the number of people stop working to plan, and then of course strategy to stop working, so make a note of what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You don’t need to sit down and write 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 require (Don’t forget to purchase the paint itself!), and perhaps likewise work out how much you prepare to spend on this.
2. Prepare yourself 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 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 awful.
The painter in the image above has actually prepared themselves and knows the value of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Ensure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you don’t wind up painting the patio area and your lawn too.
Make sure you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does require endurance, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make sure also you use old or general clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall coverings, specifically water resistant ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothes.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of individuals beginning their decorating in earnest, just 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?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you return, and continue, once the whole wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: 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 cover firmly on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and after that blend them entirely.
Then simply dispense the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise saves waste which implies IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can happen frequently, specifically 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 manage.
- Brushes and rollers of numerous 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 items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need PRIOR TO YOU START!
This should be more or less all you will need nevertheless bear in mind, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
LEADING SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy low-cost brushes to conserve money as they typically shed their bristles which can ruin your paint task and take twice as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Tidy the walls of your house before painting.
With time your house, especially if located 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 just guide, because paint won’t treat it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, as soon as finished, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls in advance, and allow to dry, your overall paint surface will be far better.
That sort of dirt develop is usually easy to find, however for the very best painting task, you need to CLEAN the outside of your house.
This will get rid of any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they may be concealing a wet issue within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to take a look at it PRIOR TO you use the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be an indication that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If your home has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, but just the type that is used to clean your automobile or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash task we carried out 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 refrained from doing this in the past, and are just using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, but there’s a few things you need to know before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you need to mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you develop a fine mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, however your automobile too, and your partner’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not only will this suggestion **** save you about two days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just expert, easy as that. ACT like a professional if you desire to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite merely, most of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you at least 3 DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to take a look at any cracks that need filling, maybe old render that has left from the wall and is hollow, and get rid of mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any holes, bumps and cracks.
If you take some time in preparing, and you do not have to be an expert decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your home yourself is HARD and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless people get eliminated, or at finest, hurt themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple 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, specifically a tall house is frequently not a great concept for the newbie painter so browse the yellow pages for a credible scaffolding business.
You would preferably find one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and likewise proof of insurance coverage.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I mean mentally, not simply prepared as in “I simply spent a load of cash down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You must have already selected the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to go about it (!) And have actually moved away products that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK LOCATION and should be dealt with.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed earlier 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 needs to be arranged, rotten wood requires changing, missing out on window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be removed too.
If by this stage you do not feel great, this is informing you to get a male in rather! It might actually save you cash as a proper decorator will be able to the task in a couple of days that would take you numerous weeks.
Once you are confident that all is well, you must start at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally using scaffolding.
7. Tips to achieve the very best surface.
Another fantastic time-saving pointer is to do with the rounding off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big surface area, however what about attention to detail?
The professional 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 actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer good, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a real pro surface every time.
One suggestion 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 carefully, making certain you don’t lift the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have actually ended up one line or section, carefully remove the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may discover that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist a special painters tape, available from your local DIY shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more pricey than masking tape.
TOP SUGGESTION: For a master finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your local trade store and buy the trade comparable paint. This is far better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to tell the general public.
Animals should 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 drinking your brush thinners looks like an excellent concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unpredictable terms not to go near the location or the paint you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, and even your abilities, on an obscure area at ground level, on a very small location to start with. Make certain the surface you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well mixed, and your brush does not shed bristles.
8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s a lot easier.
Because of the low chance of rain, numerous Do It Yourself painters mistakenly believe the best time to paint your house is mid summer season.
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 guarantee that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and people who do this every day wind up with eye strain.
When it is cloudy and try and finish mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are positive there is no chance of rain because the painted wall might end up suffering from a term not commonly understood in Do It Yourself circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components consisted of in the paint ending up being impacted by moisture which then brings components of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal pail known as a paint kettle and obviously for rollers, utilize the special tray or extended buckets (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 (listed below).
Some likewise have convenient hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
Location the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make confident 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 out on any bits, but remember the majority of house paint jobs need 2 coats of paint, so focus 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 finish the task off!
What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have observed other things that require to get done too, such as a broken window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or an obstructed gutter, possibly 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 put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other area outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or a minimum of the location nearest to the house.
This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the store. This can likewise make you brownie points and maybe even a good tip at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a great finish.
The final pointer I will provide you today is to start your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This initially appears apparent but with the inexperienced painter might be lacking self-confidence they typically begin at the bottom and develop.
We know this as quite often the eager Do It Yourself painter will begin the task, realise she or he can’t finish it and after that they contact NEVER PAINT AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you think 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 outside?
There is a technique and a proper method to do practically whatever in life, and, offered you beware to this collection of lovely basic tips, and utilize the method properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any problems.
And the last remove
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is also of main importance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under price quote how major a job painting the house can be.
It is essential also that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I do not indicate incredibly confident as we all have our fears and worries 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 your house!
Painting the exterior does a minimum of require some planning and planning but if you get it right, you can anticipate a great looking house … for now anyhow.
Painters and designers have to go through a particular training duration prior to they are let loose on homes and service premises, so bear that in mind when you begin and don’t try to paint your house if you truly do not have a clue or absence confidence as it is challenging.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, cRUCIAL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of data for DIY related mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts turning up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 people to medical facility yearly– typically resulting in some of the most severe injuries and even death when people 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 Accident Surveillance 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 Equipment (2,000).
The top 10 DIY 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).
Common Do It Yourself mishaps include 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 frequently make errors when they rush tasks or are tired.
Lots of people overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electric work should be delegated the experts, and the same chooses embellishing.
Some 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, the majority of Painters and Decorators now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just show up and paint what the customer wanted and that had to do with it and some didn’t even tidy up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the job than simply the painting.
Many of the traditional painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the embellishing company, such as painting very tall buildings, applying hygienic coatings inside health centers, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
When you have actually painted one floor of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You may want to briefly 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.
Back to the most convenient bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to save the best up until last and this must 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 haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have actually finished designing.
Anyway, you need to eliminate any masking paper you set up, if appropriate, making certain 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 climate, the paint must be dry the next day however make certain 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 obtain from the majority of DIY stores and after that 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.
Due to the fact that not only will this pointer **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, basic as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
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