Leading tips on how to paint your house like an expert decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreadful time to get the outside of the house cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a few things you truly need to know, so we put together a few of our finest leading ideas and embellishing recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it in the past, or wish to paint for the very first time, these crucial techniques and tips will assist you attain a good surface, and do it securely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy job and in a lot of cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall covering professional, but if you expensive having a go yourself, here’s a few tips from house painting expert Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that bit simpler!
The following pointers belong to painting the OUTSIDE of your house, not the inside, although there are most likely one or two of my pointers that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the potential DANGERS involved in taking on a big home improvement job like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening data on accidents whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you continue reading …
Bear in mind that maintaining the character of your house will be something that you need to think about prior to you begin the project and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they may be certain restrictions on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading ten suggestions to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Plan the work in advance of painting!
This might appear extremely apparent to everybody but you would be surprised the number of individuals fail to prepare, and then obviously strategy to stop working, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You don’t have to sit down and compose an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you need to take a look at, make a list of stuff you will require (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and maybe likewise exercise just how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing people 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 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 significance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the flooring. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you do not wind up painting the patio and your yard too.
Make sure you are able and physically ready to perform this work as it does require endurance, and if you are not used to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make sure also you wear total or old clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall finishings, specifically waterproof 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 individuals starting their designing in earnest, just to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another journey to the Do It Yourself shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring on, as soon as the whole wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: The only method you can be sure, if you are unsure about how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover securely on!), AND THEN pour every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable lid and after that blend them entirely.
Just dispense the paint you need from the larger container.
This likewise saves waste which means IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur frequently, particularly with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Select 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 (Handle with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- 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… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This should be basically all you will need nevertheless bear in mind, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to save cash as they typically 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 MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of your home prior to painting.
With time your house, particularly if situated beside 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 just primer, since paint will not treat it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, as soon as completed, will look awful if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls ahead of time, and enable to dry, your overall paint finish will be better.
That sort of dirt develop is typically easy to identify, however for the very best painting task, you need to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they might be concealing a damp issue within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get someone 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 fractures, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is suggested prior to any painting is done.
If your house has a great deal of gunk then use a power washer, but 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 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, however if you have actually refrained from doing this before, and are just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a couple of things you require to know prior to hand.
To avoid the spray going where you do not 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 create a great mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, but your automobile too, and your spouse’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the image we also laid dust sheets down, and then paper approximately the damp course on the ground.
Why? Because not only will this pointer **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply professional, simple as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather simply, most of any house painting job is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you require to look at any fractures that require filling, maybe old render that has left from the wall and is hollow, and eliminate mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any fractures, holes and bumps.
If you take time in preparing, and you don’t need to be a professional decorator, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless people get killed, or at finest, hurt themselves by falling from roofing systems, 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 high house is frequently not a great concept for the beginner painter so browse the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding business.
You would preferably discover one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise proof of insurance coverage.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first off, now you are ready, and prepared, I mean psychologically, not simply prepared as in “I simply spent a load of cash down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to begin 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 items that mess around your house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and should be treated as such.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed previously in the text, is necessary if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood requires changing, missing window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.
This is telling you to get a man in instead if by this phase you do not feel positive! It might in fact conserve you money as an appropriate designer will have the ability to the task in a few days that would take you a number of weeks.
When you are positive that all is well, you must start at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably using scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the very best finish.
Another fantastic time-saving idea 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 big area, but what about attention to detail?
The pro 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 certain the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer great, straight and neat 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 just.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you do not get or lift the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have completed one line or area, thoroughly get rid of the tape, standing far 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 floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist an unique painters tape, readily available from your regional Do It Yourself shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, but more expensive than masking tape.
TOP TIP: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade shop and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is much better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies 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 think drinking your brush thinners appears like a good concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the paint or the location you are painting.
Check your paint, or even your skills, on an odd location at ground level, on an extremely small area 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 much easier.
Numerous Do It Yourself painters mistakenly think the very best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low possibility 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 sunny 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 pressure.
When it is cloudy and try and finish mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are confident there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall could end up struggling with a term not widely known in Do It Yourself circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients included in the paint ending up being affected by moisture which then brings parts of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal pail called a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, use the special tray or elongated containers (troughs) created to deal with rollers.
You can purchase 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 (below).
Some also have handy hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
Location the cover back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Starting at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a great finish of paint but not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, however keep in mind many house paint jobs 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 mean is, if you are working outside, you may have observed other things that require to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or an obstructed gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely painted house, you need to complete the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem locations fixed, 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 at least the area nearby to your home.
This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have bought from the store. This can also make you brownie points and possibly even a nice pointer at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic 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 may be doing not have self-confidence they often start at the bottom and develop.
We know this as frequently the eager Do It Yourself painter will start the task, understand he or she can’t finish it and then they call NEVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP decorators are understood by that extremely moniker? TOP!
You must constantly start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, and work downwards, even if just to be able to have the chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor outside?
There is an approach and a correct way to do practically whatever in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of pretty simple ideas, and use the method properly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the last remove
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of main importance.
Do not take risks and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under price quote how significant a job painting the house can be.
It is very important likewise that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I don’t mean extremely confident as all of us have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, but if you are definitely scared 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 but if you get it right, you can look forward to a nice looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Designers and painters have to go through a particular training duration before they are let loose on houses and organization premises, so bear that in mind when you begin and don’t try to paint your house if you actually don’t have an idea or absence self-confidence as it is challenging.
IMPORTANT SAFETY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for Do It Yourself associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers turning up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 individuals to healthcare facility every year– frequently resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death when people fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people looking for treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous tools according to the Home Accident Security System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 mishaps 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 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 Do It Yourself accidents include cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
Individuals frequently make errors when they hurry tasks or are tired.
Many people overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electric work need to be left to the experts, and the exact same goes for embellishing.
Some times, choosing to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Specialist Painting and Designing.
When it comes to the job they do, most Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply show up and paint what the consumer wanted and that 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 simply the painting.
Much of the conventional painters and designers often specialise in other locations of the decorating company, such as painting extremely high structures, using hygienic coatings inside hospitals, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
When you have actually painted one flooring of your house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
If a slight breeze is in the air, you might wish to momentarily put masking over the windows to prevent a great paint spray or leaks on the glass panes.
Finally, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to save the best till last and this need to be the easier bit.
Once again, make certain that no one is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications all over, simply to make it clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have ended up decorating.
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 then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature and your local environment, the paint ought to be dry the next day but make sure you do not put anything up versus for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.
Clean your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can obtain from most DIY shops and then keep 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 **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
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