Leading pointers 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 outside of your home cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a few things you actually require to know, so we create a few of our finest top pointers and decorating advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it before, or wish to paint for the very first time, these essential techniques and ideas will help you accomplish a great surface, and do it securely too.
Painting your home is NOT a simple task and in a lot of cases, we would recommend calling a decorator or wall finishing specialist, however if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting guru Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit simpler!
The following ideas relate to painting the OUTSIDE of your home, not the within, although there are probably a couple of of my ideas that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we also have a look at the possible DANGERS associated with taking on a large home improvement job like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary stats 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 keeping the character of your house will be something that you ought to think about prior to you begin the job and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they might be certain limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This may seem very apparent to everybody however you would marvel the number of individuals fail to plan, and then naturally strategy to stop working, so document what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You do not have 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 require to take a look at, make a list of things you will require (Don’t forget to purchase the paint itself!), and maybe likewise exercise just how much you prepare 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 don’t 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 significance of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. 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 end up painting the outdoor patio and your yard too.
Make certain you are physically ready and able to carry out this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Ensure also you use general or old clothing as numerous exterior paints and wall finishings, specifically water resistant ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT wash out of your clothing.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of people starting their designing 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 journey to the DIY shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and carry on, once the entire wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: The only way you can be sure, if you are not sure about just how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover strongly on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable cover and then blend them entirely.
Then simply give the paint you need from the bigger container.
This also saves waste which implies IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not 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 thinners, 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 relevant) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This must be basically all you will need nevertheless bear in mind, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
TOP IDEA: Do NOT buy low-cost brushes to conserve 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 END UP WASTING CASH!
4. Clean the walls of your house prior to painting.
Gradually your house, specifically if situated next to a roadway, will get grime, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because paint will not cure it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, when completed, will look dreadful if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and allow to dry, your total paint surface will be much better.
That sort of dirt build up is normally easy to identify, nevertheless for the very best painting job, you need to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will get rid of any loose or friable material on the wall.
If your walls show signs of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp issue within the walls, so if you are not sure, get somebody experienced to look at it BEFORE you apply the paint.
This likewise applies to the condition of the surface area 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 your house has a great deal of grime then use a power washer, however just the type that is utilized to clean your cars and truck or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash job 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 refrained from doing this before, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, however there’s a few things you need to understand before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you don’t desire it to go, you need to mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you develop a great mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers lack of experience, 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 also laid dust sheets down, and after that paper approximately the moist course on the ground.
Why? Because not only will this tip **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, basic as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite simply, most of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you a minimum of 3 DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to look at any cracks that need filling, maybe old render that has actually 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 holes, cracks and bumps.
If you require time in preparing, and you don’t need to be a professional decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of people get killed, or at best, 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, particularly a tall house is frequently not an excellent concept for the amateur painter so browse the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding business.
You would preferably discover one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance coverage.
Starting the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and ready, I imply psychologically, not simply prepared as in “I just spent a load of money down at the DIY store” 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 tackle it (!) and have moved away products that clutter around your home as remember this is now a WORK AREA and should be treated as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering requirements to be sorted, rotten wood requires replacing, 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 confident, this is informing you to get a man in rather! It could really conserve you cash as a proper decorator will be able to the job in a couple of days that would take you several weeks.
As soon as you are confident that all is well, you ought to begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally using scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the very best finish.
Another excellent time-saving suggestion is to do with the finishing 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 professional painter will invest a lot of time on information, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves where the roller didn’t reach, or making sure the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will give great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro surface each time.
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 few mm only.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you do not lift the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have actually finished one line or area, carefully get rid of the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may find that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist an unique painters tape, offered from your local Do It Yourself shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, but more pricey than masking tape.
LEADING POINTER: For a master surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade store and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is much 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 drinking your brush slimmers seems like a great idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.
Check your paint, or even your skills, on an unknown area at ground level, on a very little location to start with. Make sure the surface area 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 much easier.
Numerous DIY painters mistakenly think the very 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 guarantee that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and people who do this every day wind up with eye pressure.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are positive there is no chance of rain since the painted wall might end up experiencing a term not extensively understood in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients included in the paint ending up being affected by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal container known as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, use the special tray or extended containers (troughs) developed to work with rollers.
You can buy a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for using paint with a roller, you require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some also have convenient hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, place the lid back on the tin.
Starting at the top, and using a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has a great coating of paint but not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but remember many house paint tasks require 2 coats of paint, so pay attention as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around windows and doors with a smaller brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the task off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have observed other things that need to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked gutter, possibly the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to finish the task 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 nearest to your house.
This will finish it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. This can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a good pointer at the end if you are doing some painting for somebody else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic finish.
The final idea I will provide you today is to begin your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This in the beginning seems obvious but with the unskilled painter might be doing not have self-confidence they often begin at the bottom and work up.
We know this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the job, understand he or she can’t complete it and after that they get in touch with NEVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that really 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 chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor exterior?
There is a method and a correct way to do practically everything in life, and, offered you beware to this collection of lovely easy ideas, and use the technique correctly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the final remove
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take risks and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under quote how major a job painting your house can be.
It is essential also that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I don’t indicate very confident as all of us have our worries and worries if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are definitely frightened things of this then do yourself a favour and work with someone else to paint the house!
Painting the exterior does at least require some forethought and planning however if you get it right, you can look forward to a nice looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and decorators have to go through a certain training period before they are let loose on homes and organization facilities, so bear that in mind when you start and do not try to paint your house if you really do not have a clue or absence confidence as it is not easy.
CRUCIAL SECURITY ADVICE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of stats for DIY related accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers showing up at healthcare facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 individuals to healthcare facility each year– frequently resulting in some 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 harmful tools according to the Home Mishap Security 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. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading 10 DIY materials to take care 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 and so on (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical Do It Yourself mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
When they hurry tasks or are tired, individuals often make mistakes.
Lots of people overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electrical work should be delegated the professionals, and the same goes for decorating.
Wise words undoubtedly.
Some times, deciding to save a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Decorating.
Most Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to think of when it comes to the task they do.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just turn up and paint what the customer wanted and that 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.
Many of the standard painters and designers sometimes specialise in other areas of the decorating organization, such as painting extremely high buildings, applying hygienic finishes inside health centers, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one floor of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
If a small breeze is in the air, you might wish to temporarily put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes.
Back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to conserve the very best up until last and this must be the much easier bit.
Once again, make certain that nobody is around your home where you are painting and make certain you put “DAMP PAINT!” signs everywhere, simply to make it clear. Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
What to do after you have actually finished designing.
Anyhow, you need to get rid of 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.
In most cases, and depending upon temperature level and your local climate, the paint needs to be dry the next day but make certain 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 get 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 idea **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, simple as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
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