Leading ideas on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
, if it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The feared time to get the outside of your home cleaned and smartened up, but there are a couple of things you actually require to understand, so we assemble some of our finest top pointers and decorating recommendations for you.
Whether you’ve done it before, or wish to paint for the very first time, these important tricks and ideas will assist you attain an excellent finish, and do it safely too.
Painting your home is NOT an easy job and in a lot of cases, we would advise calling a decorator or wall finish expert, however if you fancy trying yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting expert Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that bit much easier!
The following ideas relate to painting the BEYOND your house, not the within, although there are probably a couple of of my pointers that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the possible RISKS involved in handling a big home enhancement task like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary data 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 keeping the character of your house will be something that you ought to think about prior to you start the task and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they might be specific limitations on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten pointers to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This may seem exceptionally obvious to everyone however you would be surprised the number of individuals stop working to prepare, and then of course plan to stop working, so jot down what you are going to do, it helps 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 repair work or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and possibly likewise work out how much you prepare to invest in this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing people don’t seem 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 actually prepared themselves and understands the value of scraping down old paint and also covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that requires preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t wind up painting the patio area and your lawn too.
Ensure you are physically ready and able to perform this work as it does require stamina, and if you are not used to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Ensure likewise you wear old or general clothes as many outside paints and wall finishings, particularly waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT wash out of your clothing.
3. Get the materials needed 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, a whole wall like the gable end, they lack paint!
Ok, another trip to the DIY shop yes?
Meanwhile that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you return, and carry on, once the whole wall is finished, 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 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 large tub with a sealable cover and after that mix them completely.
Simply dispense the paint you require from the larger container.
This also conserves waste and that implies IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place on a regular basis, 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 (Manage with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and assorted hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the location tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This need to be basically all you will need however keep in mind, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
LEADING TIP: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve money as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy your paint job and take two times as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of the house before painting.
With time your house, specifically if located next to a roadway, will get gunk, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You should NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because paint will not cure it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, once finished, will look dreadful if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls in advance, and enable to dry, your total paint surface will be better.
That sort of dirt develop is normally simple to spot, however for the very best painting task, you require to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will get rid of any loose or friable product on the wall.
If your walls reveal indications of mould and green development, they might be concealing a moist problem within the walls, so if you are unsure, get somebody 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 fractures, this could be an indication that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is recommended prior to any painting is done.
If your house has a lot of gunk then use a power washer, but only the type that is utilized to clean your car or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed below, which was a painting pebbledash task we performed in Dublin.
5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, but if you have refrained from doing this in the past, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, but there’s a few things you require to understand before hand.
To avoid the spray going where you do not want 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 produce 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, but your vehicle too, and your spouse’s prized increased bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the image we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper as much as the moist course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not only will this tip **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its just expert, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather simply, most of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you at least 3 DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to take a look at any cracks that need filling, possibly old render that has come away 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 cracks.
If you require time in preparing, and you do not need to be an expert designer, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is DIFFICULT and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of individuals get killed, or at finest, injure 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 admire your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, specifically a high house is often not a good concept for the beginner painter so browse the yellow pages for a trustworthy scaffolding business.
You would preferably discover one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise proof of insurance.
Starting the painting.
OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and prepared, I suggest mentally, not just prepared as in “I just invested a load of cash down at the Do It Yourself shop” and you are ready to start painting.
You need to have already chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is properly to set about it (!) and have actually moved away items that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and should be dealt with as such.
Make certain that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood needs changing, missing out on window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be taken off too.
This is telling you to get a man in rather if by this stage you don’t feel confident! It might in fact save you money as a proper decorator will have the ability to the task in a couple of days that would take you numerous weeks.
When you are positive that all is well, you must start at the TOP of your home 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 finishing off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a large area, but what about attention to detail?
The pro painter will spend a lot of time on details, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves where the roller didn’t reach, or ensuring the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer nice, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a real pro finish each time.
One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and ensure the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a few mm just.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, making certain you do not raise the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have finished one line or section, thoroughly remove 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 floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist a special painters tape, readily available from your regional DIY shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, but more costly than masking tape.
TOP SUGGESTION: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade store and purchase the trade equivalent 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 must 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 slimmers seems 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 area you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, and even your skills, on an unknown area at ground level, on a really small area to start with. Make certain 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.
Many DIY painters wrongly 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 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 impact your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye pressure.
When it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are confident there is no chance of rain since the painted wall might wind up experiencing a term not extensively understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when active ingredients contained in the paint becoming affected by wetness 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, utilize a light metal pail called a paint kettle and of course for rollers, utilize the special tray or extended containers (troughs) designed to deal with rollers.
You can buy a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for applying paint with a roller, you require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some likewise have helpful hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
Place the cover back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has an excellent finish of paint however not too much so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember a lot of house paint jobs need 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this two times.
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 mean is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing rain gutter clips or a blocked seamless gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a perfectly painted house, you require to finish the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem areas fixed, 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 a minimum of the area closest to your house.
This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the store. This can also make you brownie points and maybe even a great tip at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a great surface.
The last tip I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This in the beginning seems apparent however with the unskilled painter might be doing not have self-confidence they often start at the bottom and develop.
We understand this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the task, understand she or he can’t finish it and after that they call NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that very name? TOP!
You must always 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 outside?
There is a method and a proper way to do nearly whatever in life, and, provided you take heed to this collection of beautiful easy tips, and use the method properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any problems.
And the last take away
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is also of main significance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under quote how major a job painting your home can be.
It is important likewise that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I don’t suggest very positive as all of us have our worries and worries if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, but if you are definitely frightened things of this then do yourself a favour and employ somebody else to paint the house!
Painting the exterior does at least require some planning and planning but if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a great looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and designers need to go through a particular training period before 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 really don’t have a hint or absence confidence as it is not easy.
IMPORTANT SECURITY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of statistics for DIY related accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts turning up at hospital each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 individuals to health center every year– typically resulting in some of the most severe injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous tools according to the Home Accident Monitoring System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 mishaps 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 Devices (2,000).
The leading 10 Do It Yourself materials to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 accidents).
- 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 consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
When they rush tasks or are tired, individuals frequently make errors.
Many people overstate their abilities, for example gas and electric work should be delegated the professionals, and the exact same goes for decorating.
Wise words certainly.
Long times, deciding to conserve a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Decorating.
When it comes to the job they do, many Decorators and painters now have a lot more things to believe about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply turn up and paint what the customer desired which was about 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.
Much of the traditional painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the embellishing organization, such as painting really high buildings, using sanitary coverings inside health centers, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
As soon as you have painted one floor of your house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, once 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 slight breeze is in the air.
Back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the very best until last and this should be the much easier bit.
Once again, make certain that no one is around your home where you are painting and ensure you put “DAMP PAINT!” signs all over, just to make it clear. Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have completed decorating.
Anyway, you need to get rid of any masking paper you put up, if relevant, making sure it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.
In many cases, and depending on temperature and your local climate, the paint should 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.
Clean your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can get from the majority of DIY shops 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.
Because not only will this tip **** save you about 2 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 out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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