Top suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreaded time to get the outside of your home cleaned up and smartened up, but there are a couple of things you actually require to understand, so we put together some of our finest top tips and decorating recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these crucial tricks and ideas will help you attain a good finish, and do it safely too.
Painting the house is NOT an easy job and in many cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall finishing expert, but if you elegant having a go yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting expert Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that little bit easier!
The following ideas are related to painting the BEYOND the house, not the within, although there are most likely a couple of of my ideas that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise take a look at the potential THREATS involved in handling a big home improvement project like painting your own house. Even more 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 suggest you continue reading …
Keep in mind that preserving the character of your house will be something that you ought to consider before you start the job and if your home is listed or in a sanctuary, they may be specific constraints on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our leading ten ideas to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Plan the work in advance of painting!
This might seem exceptionally apparent to everyone but you would be surprised how many individuals fail to plan, and then naturally plan to stop working, so make a note of what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You do not need to take a seat and compose an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repair work or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of things you will require (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and possibly also work out just how much you prepare to spend on this.
2. Prepare to paint!
Another thing individuals do not 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 awful.
The painter in the image above has actually prepared themselves and understands the importance of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. It is not just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you don’t end up painting the outdoor patio and your lawn too.
Ensure you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does require stamina, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make sure also you use total or old clothes as numerous exterior paints and wall coverings, specifically waterproof ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the products needed to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals starting their designing in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another trip to the DIY store yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and continue, once the entire wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: The only way 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 lid strongly on!), And After That pour each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable lid and then mix them completely.
Then just give the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise conserves wastage and that means IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place on a regular basis, especially with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will require.
- Some paint (!). Pick the best masonry paint you can manage.
- 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 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 applicable) and filler.
- Step ladder, ladders and gain access to devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This should be more or less all you will need nevertheless keep in mind, we are discussing PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
LEADING SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they normally 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 WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Tidy the walls of your house before painting.
In time your house, especially if situated beside a road, will pick up dust, gunk and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with simply guide, due to the fact that paint won’t treat it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, when completed, will look dreadful if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and enable to dry, your total paint finish will be far better.
That sort of dirt develop is generally easy to spot, however for the best painting task, you need to CLEAN the exterior of your house.
This will get rid of any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they may be concealing a damp problem within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get someone experienced to look at it PRIOR TO you apply 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 prior to any painting is done.
If the house has a lot of grime then use a power washer, but just the type that is utilized to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash job 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 refrained from doing this before, and are just using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a few things you require to know before hand.
To avoid the spray going where you don’t desire it to go, you should mask up areas that you do not desire 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 lack of experience, that fine mist can cover not only your windows, however your car too, and your wife’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: If you see in the image we also laid dust sheets down, and then paper up to the wet course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not just will this idea **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just professional, basic as that. ACT like a professional if you want to paint like a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Quite simply, most of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you at least 3 DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be READY for the paint, so you require to take a look at any cracks that require filling, maybe old render that has 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, bumps and fractures.
If you take some time in preparing, and you don’t need to be an expert designer, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting the house yourself is DIFFICULT and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless individuals get killed, 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 admire your work, forgetting that you are on a ladder 3 stories up… Painting a house from a ladder, particularly a high house is often not an excellent idea for the newbie painter so browse the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding company.
You would preferably find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance coverage.
Starting the painting.
OK, first of all, now you are ready, and ready, I suggest psychologically, not simply prepared as in “I just spent a load of money down at the Do It Yourself shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You need to have currently chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to tackle it (!) And have moved away products that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and needs to be dealt with.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed earlier in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint requires to be taken off, hollow rendering requirements to be arranged, rotten wood needs replacing, missing window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be removed too.
If by this phase you do not feel confident, this is informing you to get a guy in rather! It could actually conserve you cash as a proper decorator will have the ability to the job in a few days that would take you a number of weeks.
Once you are confident that all is well, you need to begin at the TOP of your house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably using scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the best finish.
Another fantastic time-saving pointer 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 large 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 sure the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer good, straight and neat lines down each opening, for a real pro finish every time.
One pointer is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and ensure the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you don’t get or raise the tape paint under it.
As soon as you have completed one line or area, carefully remove the tape, standing far from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may 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 an unique painters tape, offered from your regional Do It Yourself store, which is better for this sort of thing, but more costly than masking tape.
TOP TIP: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade store and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint business fail to inform the public.
Animals should 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 think consuming your brush slimmers seems like an excellent idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unsure terms not to go near the paint or the area you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, or perhaps your skills, on an odd area at ground level, on a really small location to start with. Make sure the surface 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 a lot easier.
Because of the low possibility of rain, many DIY painters incorrectly believe the finest time to paint your house is mid summer.
The best sort of weather 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 ensure that the glare or reflection will affect your eyes, and individuals who do this every day wind up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall could end up experiencing a term not extensively known in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components consisted of in the paint ending up being impacted by moisture which then brings components 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 container known as a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, utilize the unique tray or lengthened containers (troughs) created to work with rollers.
You can purchase a paint kettle for at little as EUR1.50 (Toolstation) and for using paint with a roller, you need 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, location the lid back on the tin.
Starting at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a good finish of paint but not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, but remember most house paint tasks need 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this two times.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to complete the job off!
What I mean 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 seamless gutter clips or an obstructed seamless gutter, possibly the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to end up the task off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem 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 at least the location nearest to the house.
This will finish it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the store. This can likewise earn you brownie points and possibly even a great pointer at the end if you are doing some painting for somebody else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a great finish.
The final suggestion I will provide you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This initially seems apparent however with the inexperienced painter might be doing not have self-confidence they frequently begin at the bottom and work up.
We know this as quite often the eager DIY painter will start the job, realise she or he can’t complete it and after that they contact NEVER PAINT AGAIN to complete the work for them!
Why do you believe that TOP designers are known by that extremely name? TOP!
You must always start at the top, yes on the ladder or the scaffolding, and work downwards, even if only 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 an approach and a correct way to do nearly everything in life, and, supplied you take heed to this collection of pretty simple tips, and utilize the method correctly to paint your house, you shouldn’t have any issues.
And the final take away
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is also of main importance.
Do not take dangers and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under estimate how major a job painting your home can be.
It is very important likewise that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I don’t mean incredibly confident as we all have our fears and concerns if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, however if you are definitely terrified things of this then do yourself a favour and hire somebody else to paint the house!
Painting the outside does a minimum of require some forethought and preparation but if you get it right, you can anticipate a great looking house … for now anyhow.
Designers and painters need to go through a specific training duration before they are let loose on homes and business properties, so bear that in mind when you begin and do not attempt to paint your house if you really don’t have an idea or lack self-confidence as it is hard.
ESSENTIAL SAFETY ADVICE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of statistics for DIY related accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts showing up at health center each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 people to healthcare facility every year– typically resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.
The most dangerous tools according to the Home Accident Surveillance 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. Planes (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading ten Do It Yourself materials to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 mishaps).
- 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 mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable 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 individuals overestimate their abilities, for instance gas and electric work should be delegated the experts, and the same goes for embellishing.
Long times, choosing to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Designing.
Many Designers and painters now have a lot more things to think of when it pertains to the task they do.
In previous years, a painter and decorator would just show up and paint what the consumer desired and that was about it and some didn’t even tidy up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than just the painting.
A lot of the conventional painters and decorators in some cases specialise in other locations of the embellishing company, such as painting very high structures, using hygienic coverings inside hospitals, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one flooring of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, 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 most convenient bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to save the best till last and this must be the easier bit.
Once again, ensure that nobody is around your home where you are painting and make certain you put “WET PAINT!” signs everywhere, simply to make it clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
What to do after you have actually ended up designing.
Anyway, you require to remove any masking paper you set up, if appropriate, ensuring it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and then put it in a bin liner for recycling.
And depending on temperature and your local climate, 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.
Tidy your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can receive from a lot of Do It Yourself shops and then save 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 tip **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, easy as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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