Top pointers on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The feared time to get the beyond your house cleaned up and smartened up, but there are a few things you actually require to understand, so we create some of our finest top suggestions and embellishing advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these important techniques and suggestions will help you attain a great surface, and do it securely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy job and in many cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall finish professional, however if you elegant having a go yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting guru Person Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit much easier!
The following suggestions are related to painting the BEYOND your house, not the within, although there are probably one or two of my pointers that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the prospective RISKS involved in handling a large home improvement task like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary data on accidents whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you continue reading …
Keep in mind that keeping the character of your house will be something that you must consider before you begin the job and if your home is listed or in a sanctuary, they may be specific restrictions on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Plan the operate in advance of painting!
This might seem extremely obvious to everybody however you would marvel the number of individuals fail to plan, and then naturally strategy to fail, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not need to take a seat and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you need to look at, make a list of stuff you will need (Don’t forget to purchase the paint itself!), and possibly also exercise how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Prepare to paint!
Another thing individuals do not appear to do is to prepare THEMSELVES for the work ahead.
Painting a house is NOT the like sat down in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes effort and if you do not make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look terrible.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and understands the value of scraping down old paint and also covering the floor. 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 lawn too.
Make sure you are able and physically ready to perform this work as it does need endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Ensure also you use general or old clothing as numerous outside paints and wall finishings, particularly waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothes.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of people starting their designing in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another journey to the Do It Yourself store yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you return, and carry on, when 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 EXPERT SECRET: The only method you can be sure, if you are not exactly sure about how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid strongly on!), AND THEN pour every one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable lid and after that mix them entirely.
Then simply give the paint you require from the larger container.
This likewise conserves waste which suggests IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur quite often, particularly with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Pick the very best masonry paint you can manage.
- Brushes and rollers of different sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint slimmers, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the location clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and access devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require BEFORE YOU START!
This need to be more or less all you will require however remember, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
LEADING POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they typically shed their bristles which can ruin your paint task and take two times as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Tidy the walls of the house prior to painting.
Gradually your house, specifically if located beside a roadway, will pick up dirt, dust and grime, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with just guide, because paint will not treat it, won’t clean it, and also paint, once finished, will look terrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls ahead of time, and permit to dry, your general paint surface will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally simple to find, nevertheless for the very best painting job, you need to CLEAN 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 might be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to look at it BEFORE you use the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface area itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be an indication that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is advised before any painting is done.
If your house has a great deal of gunk then utilize a power washer, but just the type that is utilized to clean your automobile or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash task we did 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 actually refrained from doing this before, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, however there’s a few things you need to know before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not want it to go, you must mask up locations that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind 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 just your windows, however your vehicle too, and your other half’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: If you see in the image we also laid dust sheets down, and then paper approximately the moist course on the ground.
Why? Since not just will this tip **** conserve you about two days of tidying up **** afterwards, its simply expert, simple as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite merely, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will save you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to look at any cracks that need filling, perhaps old render that has actually come away 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 holes, cracks and bumps.
If you take some time in preparing, and you do not have to be a professional designer, you will SAVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless individuals get eliminated, or at finest, injure themselves by falling from roofings, 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, especially a high house is frequently not an excellent concept for the newbie painter so look through the yellow pages for a trustworthy scaffolding company.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise proof of insurance coverage.
Starting the painting.
OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and prepared, I imply mentally, not simply prepared as in “I simply spent a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You ought to have already picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to set about it (!) and have moved away items that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and should be treated as such.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is vital if your paint job is to last for more than a few months.
Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood requires replacing, missing out on window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be removed too.
If by this phase you don’t feel great, this is telling you to get a male in instead! 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 a number of weeks.
When you are confident that all is well, you must begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to achieve 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 surface area, but what about attention to detail?
The pro painter will spend a great deal of time on details, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves where the roller didn’t reach, or ensuring the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer good, cool and straight lines down each opening, for a master surface each time.
One idea is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make certain the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a couple of mm only.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, ensuring you do not lift the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have ended up 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the floor.
There does exist a special painters tape, readily available from your regional DIY store, which is far better for this sort of thing, however more costly than masking tape.
LEADING SUGGESTION: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade store and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to inform the 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 appears like a great 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.
Test your paint, and even your skills, on an obscure location at ground level, on a very little area to start with. Make sure 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.
Due to the fact that of the low opportunity of rain, numerous Do It Yourself painters mistakenly believe the finest time to paint your house is mid summer season.
The very best sort of weather condition 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 ensure that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye strain.
Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall could wind up suffering from a term not widely understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components included in the paint becoming impacted by moisture which then brings elements of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy film.
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, utilize the unique tray or lengthened pails (troughs) designed 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 (listed below).
Some also have convenient hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
Location the lid back on the tin when you are not getting paint out of it.
Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a great covering of paint however not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, but remember a lot of house paint jobs require 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 brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the job off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that need to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on rain gutter clips or a blocked seamless gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to end up the job off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem locations repaired, or it simply 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 area closest to your home.
This will finish it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have bought from the store. If you are doing some painting for someone else, this can likewise make you brownie points and perhaps even a good suggestion at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific surface.
The final tip I will give you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This in the beginning appears apparent however with the unskilled painter may be doing not have self-confidence they often start at the bottom and work up.
We know this as quite often the eager DIY painter will begin the task, realise he or she can’t finish it and then they get in touch with NEVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP designers are known by that extremely name? TOP!
You must always begin 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 an appropriate method to do almost whatever in life, and, supplied you beware to this collection of pretty simple tips, and use the method correctly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the last eliminate
SECURITY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under price quote how significant a task painting the house can be.
It is important also that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I do not mean incredibly positive as we all have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, however if you are definitely afraid things of this then do yourself a favour and hire another person to paint the house!
Painting the exterior does at least need some forethought and preparation however if you get it right, you can look forward to a good looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Designers and painters have to go through a specific training period before they are let loose on homes and business facilities, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you really do not have a clue or absence self-confidence as it is challenging.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, cRUCIAL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for DIY associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers showing up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 people to healthcare facility every year– often leading to some of the most major injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most harmful 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 ten DIY products 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 and so on (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Common Do It Yourself accidents consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from ceilings and slabs falling onto hands and feet.
When they hurry jobs or are tired, individuals typically make mistakes.
Lots of people overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electrical work need to be delegated the experts, and the same goes for decorating.
Wise words undoubtedly.
Some times, choosing to save 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, a lot of Decorators 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 customer desired 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 just the painting.
Much of the traditional painters and decorators sometimes specialise in other areas of the embellishing business, such as painting extremely tall buildings, applying sanitary coverings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually 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.
You may desire to momentarily put masking over the windows to prevent a great paint spray or drips on the glass panes if a minor breeze is in the air.
Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to save the very best up until last and this need to be the simpler bit.
Again, make certain that nobody is around your home where you are painting and make certain you put “WET PAINT!” indications all over, simply to make it clear. Ensure you have not missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have actually finished designing.
Anyhow, you need to remove any masking paper you installed, if appropriate, making certain it does not touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.
For the most part, and depending upon temperature level and your regional environment, 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.
Clean your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from a lot of 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.
Due to the fact that not just will this pointer **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, simple as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
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