Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The dreaded time to get the outside of your home cleaned up and smartened up, but there are a few things you actually require to know, so we assemble a few of our finest leading pointers and decorating advice for you.
Whether you have actually done it in the past, or wish to paint for the first time, these essential techniques and ideas will help you achieve a good finish, and do it securely too.
Painting the house is NOT a simple job and in most cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall finish expert, but if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a few tips from house painting guru Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit easier!
The following suggestions relate to painting the BEYOND your home, not the inside, although there are probably one or two of my ideas that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the possible THREATS involved in handling a large home enhancement task like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening data on mishaps whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you keep reading …
Keep in mind that maintaining the character of your house will be something that you ought to think about prior to you start the job and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they may be particular restrictions on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading ten ideas to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!
This may seem exceptionally apparent to everyone but you would marvel how many people stop working to prepare, and after that obviously plan to stop working, so jot down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not need to sit down and compose an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Keep in mind any repairs or flaking paint you need to look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise exercise just how much you plan to spend on this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing individuals don’t seem 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 hard work and if you do not make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look dreadful.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows the value of scraping down old paint and likewise 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 use, so you do not end up painting the outdoor patio and your lawn too.
Ensure you are able and physically prepared to perform this work as it does require stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing up ladders, familiarise yourself with safe use.
Make certain likewise you use old or total clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall coverings, particularly waterproof ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT wash out of your clothing.
3. Get the materials required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of individuals starting their decorating in earnest, only 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 Do It Yourself shop yes?
That wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and bring 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 lid firmly on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable lid and after that blend them entirely.
Then just give the paint you require from the larger container.
This likewise saves waste and that suggests IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can happen quite often, particularly with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Select the best masonry paint you can pay for.
- Brushes and rollers of various 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 tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if suitable) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and access devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This should be more or less all you will need however bear in mind, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
LEADING SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve money as they typically shed their bristles which can ruin your paint job and take two times as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Clean the walls of your house before painting.
Over time your house, particularly if located next to a road, will pick up grime, dust and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, due to the fact that paint will not cure it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, as soon as ended up, will look horrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls in advance, and permit to dry, your total paint finish will be much better.
That sort of dirt develop is typically easy to identify, however for the best painting task, you need to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp problem within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get someone 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 fractures, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is recommended prior to any painting is done.
If your house has a great deal of grime 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 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 refrained from doing this in the past, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a couple of things you need to know before hand.
To avoid the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you must mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you develop a fine mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, however your vehicle too, and your other half’s treasured rose bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and then paper as much as the damp course on the ground.
Why? Since not only will this tip **** conserve you about 2 days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just professional, simple as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, IMITATE a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather just, the majority of any house painting task is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will save you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you require to take a look at any fractures that require filling, maybe old render that has come away from the wall and is hollow, and remove 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 take time in preparing, and you do not need to be a professional designer, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, countless individuals get eliminated, or at finest, injure themselves by falling from roofs, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so simple 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 an excellent idea for the newbie painter so look through the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding business.
You would preferably discover one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance.
Starting 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 money down at the DIY store” and you are ready to start painting.
You need to have currently selected the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to go about it (!) And have moved away items that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK LOCATION and should be dealt with.
Make certain 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 sorted, rotten wood needs 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 male in rather if by this phase you do not feel positive! It could really conserve you money as a proper decorator will have the ability to the job in a couple of days that would take you numerous weeks.
Once you are positive that all is well, you ought to begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the very best surface.
Another fantastic time-saving suggestion is to do with the finishing off of the task 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 spend a great deal of time on details, 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 give great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro surface whenever.
One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make sure the tape intrudes onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you do not get or raise the tape paint under it.
As soon as you have actually ended up one line or section, thoroughly get rid of 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist a special painters tape, readily available from your local Do It Yourself shop, which is far better for this sort of thing, but more costly than masking tape.
TOP IDEA: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade shop and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to tell 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 drinking your brush thinners seems like a good idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, and even your abilities, on an odd area at ground level, on a really little location 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 a lot easier.
Since of the low opportunity of rain, lots of DIY painters wrongly think 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 bright day, the sun will shine on the wall and I guarantee that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye strain.
When it is cloudy and try and complete mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are positive there is no chance of rain since the painted wall might end up struggling with a term not commonly understood in Do It Yourself circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients included in the paint becoming affected by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint directly from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal pail known as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, utilize the unique tray or extended buckets (troughs) designed to deal with rollers.
You can purchase 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 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.
Starting at the top, and utilizing a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has a great covering of paint but not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however keep in mind a lot of house paint jobs need 2 coats of paint, so pay attention 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 end up the task off!
What I suggest 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 gutter clips or an obstructed seamless gutter, possibly the garden looks scruffy?
With a perfectly painted house, you require to complete the task off, and it’s nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue locations repaired, 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 at least the location nearby to the house.
This will finish it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have bought from the shop. If you are doing some painting for someone else, this can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a nice pointer at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific surface.
The final pointer I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This in the beginning appears obvious however with the unskilled painter may be doing not have confidence they frequently begin at the bottom and work up.
We know this as quite often the eager Do It Yourself painter will begin the job, understand he or she can’t complete it and after that they call NEVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are known by that very name? TOP!
You must constantly start at the top, yes on the ladder or the scaffolding, 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 exterior?
There is a method and an appropriate method to do almost everything in life, and, provided you take heed to this collection of lovely simple tips, and utilize the approach properly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the final take away
SECURITY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of primary significance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.
Do not under quote how major a task painting your house can be.
It is necessary likewise that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I don’t imply very positive as all of us have our worries and concerns if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are definitely terrified stuff of this then do yourself a favour and hire somebody else to paint your house!
Painting the outside does at least need some forethought and preparation but if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a nice looking house … for now anyway.
Painters and decorators have to go through a specific training duration before they are let loose on houses and business properties, so bear that in mind when you begin and do not try to paint your house if you really don’t have a clue or absence self-confidence as it is not easy.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, eSSENTIAL SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for Do It Yourself associated mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts turning up at medical facility each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 people to medical facility every year– often resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most harmful tools according to the Home Accident Surveillance 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. Planes (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading 10 DIY materials to take care with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 accidents).
- 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 etc. (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical Do It Yourself accidents consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from ceilings and pieces falling onto hands and feet.
When they rush tasks or are tired, people typically make errors.
Many individuals overstate their abilities, for example gas and electrical work should be left to the specialists, and the same opts for decorating.
Wise words certainly.
Some times, deciding to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert Painting and Designing.
When it comes to the task they do, many Designers and painters now have a lot more things to believe about.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just show up and paint what the client desired which was about it and some didn’t even tidy 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 decorators often specialise in other locations of the embellishing organization, such as painting very tall structures, using hygienic finishes inside healthcare facilities, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one floor of your house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
If a minor breeze is in the air, you may wish to momentarily put masking over the windows to avoid a great paint spray or drips on the glass panes.
Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to save the very best up until last and this ought to be the easier bit.
Again, make certain that nobody is around your home where you are painting and ensure you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications all over, just to make it clear. Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have finished decorating.
Anyhow, you need to get rid of any masking paper you set up, if suitable, making certain 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 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.
Tidy your brushes and roller with an unique brush cleaner you can get from many DIY stores and after that 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 idea **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, basic as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
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