Leading pointers 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 the house smartened and cleaned up up, but there are a couple of things you actually require to understand, so we put together some of our finest leading ideas and decorating guidance for you.
Whether you’ve done it before, or want to paint for the first time, these important tricks and tips will assist you achieve a great surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy job and in a lot of cases, we would recommend calling a decorator or wall finish professional, but if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a couple of hints from house painting expert Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that bit much easier!
The following suggestions are related to painting the BEYOND your house, not the inside, although there are probably one or two of my tips that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise take 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 frightening statistics on mishaps whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you keep reading …
Bear in mind that preserving the character of your house will be something that you must think about prior to you begin the project and if your home is listed or in a conservation area, they may be certain constraints on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten tips to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This might seem extremely apparent to everyone but you would be surprised how many individuals fail to prepare, and after that obviously strategy to stop working, so write down what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t have to sit down and write an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repairs or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and perhaps likewise work out how much you prepare to spend on this.
2. Prepare to paint!
Another thing people 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 importance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that requires preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Ensure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t wind up painting the outdoor patio and your lawn too.
Make certain you are physically ready and able to perform this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Make sure also you use total or old clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall coverings, especially waterproof ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of people starting their designing in earnest, only to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another journey to the DIY shop yes?
Meanwhile 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 used. DOH!
PRO EXPERT SECRET: The only method you can be sure, if you are unsure about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid firmly on!), AND THEN pour every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and then blend them all together.
Just give the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise conserves wastage which indicates IT SAVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can happen on a regular basis, particularly 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 manage.
- Brushes and rollers of numerous 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 area tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if relevant) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will need however remember, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
LEADING IDEA: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve money as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy 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 home prior to painting.
In time your house, specifically if situated next to a roadway, will get dust, dirt and gunk, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with just primer, due to the fact that paint won’t cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, when finished, will look awful if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls ahead of time, and permit to dry, your general paint finish will be far better.
That sort of dirt develop is usually easy to spot, however for the very best painting task, you need to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable material on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are not sure, get someone experienced to take a look at it BEFORE 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 needs re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If the house has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, but only the type that is utilized to clean your automobile or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed below, which was a painting pebbledash job we performed 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 actually not done this before, and are just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a couple of things you need to know prior to hand.
To prevent the spray going where you don’t want it to go, you should mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you produce a great mist, which with the slightest 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 treasured increased bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL SECRET: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper up to the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not just will this suggestion **** 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 just, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you at least THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you require to look at any fractures that need filling, maybe old render that has actually 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 holes, cracks and bumps.
If you take some time in preparing, and you don’t have to be a professional designer, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is NOT easy and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless people get eliminated, or at best, hurt themselves by falling from roofs, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy 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 an excellent concept for the novice painter so check out the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding business.
You would preferably find 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 indicate psychologically, not simply prepared as in “I just invested a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You ought to have already chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to go about it (!) and have actually moved away products that clutter around your home as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and needs to be treated as such.
Make certain that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is essential if your paint task is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint requires to be taken off, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood requires changing, missing window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be removed too.
This is telling you to get a man in rather if by this phase you do not feel confident! It might actually save you money as an appropriate designer will have the ability to the job in a couple of days that would take you numerous weeks.
When you are confident that all is well, you must begin at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the very best surface.
Another excellent time-saving suggestion is to do with the rounding off of the task AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, however what about attention to information?
The pro 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 certain the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide good, straight and neat lines down each opening, for a real pro finish whenever.
One idea 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.
Then paint onto the tape carefully, making certain you don’t lift the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have ended up one line or section, carefully eliminate the tape, standing away 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 a special painters tape, offered from your regional DIY store, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more costly than masking tape.
LEADING IDEA: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade store and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies stop working to inform the general 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 appears like a good concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unpredictable terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.
Check your paint, or perhaps your abilities, on an odd area at ground level, on an extremely small area to start with. Ensure 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 much easier.
Since of the low opportunity of rain, numerous Do It Yourself painters mistakenly believe the finest time to paint your house is mid summertime.
The very best sort of weather 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 affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye pressure.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall might end up struggling with a term not extensively known in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components included in the paint ending up being affected by moisture which then brings elements of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal container referred to as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, utilize the special tray or elongated containers (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 require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some also have handy hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, place the lid back on the tin.
Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make confident 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, but keep in mind a lot of house paint tasks need 2 coats of paint, so focus as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the task off!
What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have discovered other things that need to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on gutter clips or a blocked rain gutter, possibly the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely painted house, you require to complete the task off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue locations repaired, or it just ruins all the effort you take into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other location outside the home.
Tidy the garden, or a minimum of the location nearby to the house.
This will complete it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually purchased from the shop. This can likewise earn you brownie points and maybe even a nice tip at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic surface.
The last idea I will give you today is to start your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This initially seems apparent but with the inexperienced painter might be doing not have confidence they often begin at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the job, understand he or she can’t finish it and then they get in touch with NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are known by that very moniker? TOP!
You must constantly begin 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 an approach and an appropriate method to do almost whatever in life, and, offered you beware to this collection of beautiful basic ideas, and use the technique properly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the final remove
SECURITY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of main significance.
Do not take dangers and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under quote how major a task painting your house can be.
It is very important likewise that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I do not indicate incredibly confident as we all have our worries and concerns if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, but if you are definitely frightened stuff of this then do yourself a favour and employ someone else to paint the house!
Painting the outside does at least need some forethought and planning but if you get it right, you can look forward to a great looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Painters and decorators need to go through a specific training period prior to they are let loose on houses and business premises, so bear that in mind when you start and do not try to paint your house if you actually do not have an idea or absence confidence as it is difficult.
ESSENTIAL SECURITY SUGGESTIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of data for DIY related accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers turning up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 people to medical facility yearly– frequently leading to a few of the most serious injuries and even death when people fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most harmful tools according to the Home Mishap Monitoring 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 top 10 DIY products to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (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).
Typical DIY accidents 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 rush jobs or are tired, people often make mistakes.
Many people overestimate their capabilities, for example gas and electric work need to be delegated the specialists, and the exact same goes for embellishing.
Wise words indeed.
Long times, choosing to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Specialist Painting and Designing.
When it comes to the task they do, most Designers and painters now have a lot more things to believe about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply show up and paint what the client wanted which had to do with it and some didn’t even clean up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than simply the painting.
Many of the standard painters and designers sometimes specialise in other locations of the decorating company, such as painting very tall structures, using sanitary finishings inside health centers, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one flooring of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
If a slight breeze is in the air, you may want to momentarily put masking over the windows to prevent a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes.
Lastly, back to the most convenient bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to save the very best till last and this ought to be the much easier bit.
Once again, ensure that no one is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “WET PAINT!” signs 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 actually completed designing.
Anyhow, you need to get rid of any masking paper you installed, if suitable, making sure it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature and your regional climate, the paint ought to be dry the next day but make sure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Tidy your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can obtain from the majority of DIY shops and after that save 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 **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** later on, its just professional, basic as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
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