Leading tips on how to paint your house like an expert designer
, if it’s that house painting time of the year again.
The dreaded time to get the beyond the house cleaned up and smartened up, but there are a few things you actually require to know, so we put together a few of our finest leading ideas and decorating recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or want to paint for the very first time, these important tricks and tips will assist you accomplish an excellent surface, and do it safely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy job and in a lot of cases, we would recommend calling a designer or wall finish specialist, however if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting expert Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting task that little bit easier!
The following pointers are related to painting the BEYOND the house, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my pointers that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the prospective RISKS associated with taking on a big home improvement job like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some frightening stats 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 …
Remember that preserving the character of your house will be something that you need to consider before you begin the task and if your home is noted or in a sanctuary, they might be specific limitations on what colour you can utilize.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten tips to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This might appear extremely obvious to everybody but you would be surprised how many individuals stop working to plan, and after that naturally plan to stop working, so jot down what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t need to take a seat and write an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of things you will require (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and perhaps also exercise just how much you prepare to spend on this.
2. Prepare yourself to paint!
Another thing individuals don’t 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 dreadful.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and knows the value of scraping down old paint and also covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Ensure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t end up painting the patio area and your yard too.
Make certain you are able and physically ready to carry out this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing up ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Ensure likewise you wear overall or old clothes as lots of outside paints and wall finishes, especially waterproof ones, or damp evidence paints, will NOT wash out of your clothing.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals starting their designing in earnest, only to find that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole wall like the gable end, they run out of paint!
Ok, another trip to the DIY store yes?
Meanwhile that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and carry on, as soon as the entire wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: The only way you can be sure, if you are not exactly sure about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover securely on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable cover and then blend them all together.
Then just give the paint you require from the larger container.
This likewise conserves wastage which implies IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can happen frequently, specifically with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Choose the 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 fabrics.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Step 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 must be more or less all you will require however keep in mind, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they normally shed their bristles which can ruin your paint job and take twice as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Tidy the walls of the house before painting.
In time your house, especially if located next to a road, will get grime, dust and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.
You ought to NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, due to the fact that paint won’t cure it, won’t clean it, and also paint, when ended up, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls in advance, and allow to dry, your total paint surface will be far better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally simple to spot, however for the very best painting task, you need to CLEAN the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls show signs of mould and green growth, they may be hiding a wet issue within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get someone experienced to take a look at it BEFORE you apply the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has cracks, this could be a sign that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.
If your house has a lot of grime then use a power washer, however only the type that is used to clean your cars and truck or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed below, which was a painting pebbledash task we did in Dublin.
5. Spray the paint instead of brushing, its much faster.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, but if you have actually not done this before, and are just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a few things you require to understand prior to hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you should mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.
Keep in mind when you spray paint, you create a great mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers lack of experience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, however your cars and truck too, and your wife’s prized increased bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: If you see in the picture we also laid dust sheets down, and after that paper as much as the moist course on the ground.
Why? Because not just will this pointer **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply 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, most of any house painting job is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will conserve you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be READY for the paint, so you require to look at any fractures that need filling, possibly old render that has actually 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 bumps, fractures and holes.
If you take time in preparing, and you don’t need to be a professional designer, you will SAVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is DIFFICULT and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, thousands of people get eliminated, or at finest, hurt 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 a great idea for the beginner painter so look through the yellow pages for a trusted scaffolding company.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance coverage.
Starting the painting.
OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and ready, I mean mentally, not simply prepared as in “I just spent a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You need to have currently picked the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to go about it (!) and have actually moved away products that mess around your house as remember this is now a WORKSPACE and must be treated as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about earlier in the text, is necessary 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 window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be removed too.
This is informing you to get a guy in rather if by this stage you do not feel positive! It could actually conserve you cash as a proper designer will have the ability to the job in a few days that would take you a number of weeks.
Once you are positive that all is well, you need to 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 terrific time-saving suggestion is to do with the finishing off of the job AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big area, however what about attention to information?
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 making sure the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer great, cool and straight lines down each opening, for a real pro finish whenever.
One tip is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and make sure the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a couple of mm just.
Then paint onto the tape carefully, ensuring you don’t get or raise the tape paint under it.
As quickly 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 floor.
There does exist an unique painters tape, available from your regional DIY shop, which is much better for this sort of thing, however more costly than masking tape.
LEADING POINTER: For a master surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade store and buy the trade comparable paint. This is much better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint business fail to inform the 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 consuming your brush slimmers appears like a good concept.
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, or perhaps your abilities, on an obscure area at ground level, on a really little area to start with. Ensure the surface area you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well combined, 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 chance of rain, many DIY painters incorrectly 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 due to the fact that 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 people who do this every day end up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and attempt and finish mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are confident there is no chance of rain due to the fact that the painted wall could wind up suffering from a term not widely known in Do It Yourself circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components consisted of in the paint ending up being impacted by wetness which then brings components 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, utilize a light metal container called a paint kettle and of course for rollers, use the special tray or extended containers (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 (below).
Some also have convenient hooks to keep in place on the scaffold.
Place 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 an excellent finish of paint however not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however keep in mind many house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so take note 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 complete the task off!
What I mean is, if you are working outside, you may have discovered other things that need to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a perfectly painted house, you need to finish the task off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem areas fixed, 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 a minimum of the area nearest to the house.
This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually purchased from the store. If you are doing some painting for somebody 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 fantastic finish.
The final suggestion I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of your house, not the bottom.
This initially seems apparent however with the inexperienced painter may be lacking confidence they often begin at the bottom and develop.
We know this as quite often the eager DIY painter will start the job, understand he or she can’t finish it and then they call NEVER PAINT AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are understood by that very name? TOP!
You must constantly start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, 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 a method and a right way to do almost everything in life, and, provided you take heed to this collection of beautiful basic tips, and use the method correctly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the final take away
SECURITY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of primary value.
Do not take risks and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under price quote how major a task painting the house can be.
It is important likewise that I tell you that if you are not positive, and I do not imply 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 work with another person to paint the house!
Painting the outside does at least need some forethought and planning but if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a good looking house … in the meantime anyway.
Painters and designers have to go through a particular training period prior to they are let loose on houses and company facilities, so bear that in mind when you begin and do not try to paint your house if you truly do not have a hint or absence self-confidence as it is hard.
IMPORTANT SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of statistics for DIY related mishaps:
Injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself lovers showing up at healthcare facility each year.
When people fall from high up, ladder and stepladder mishaps send out 41,000 individuals to health center yearly– often resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous tools according to the Home Accident Security System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (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. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading ten DIY materials to make sure with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (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).
Common DIY accidents consist of 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.
When they rush jobs or are tired, individuals typically make errors.
Many individuals overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electric work ought to be delegated the specialists, and the same goes for embellishing.
Wise words certainly.
Some times, choosing to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Specialist Painting and Decorating.
When it comes to the job they do, most Decorators and painters now have a lot more things to believe about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would just show up and paint what the customer desired which was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the job than just the painting.
Many of the standard painters and decorators sometimes specialise in other locations of the decorating organization, such as painting very tall structures, applying sanitary coatings inside health centers, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one floor of your home, 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 fine 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 conserve the very best up until last and this must be the easier bit.
Once again, make sure that nobody is around your home where you are painting and make sure you put “DAMP PAINT!” signs everywhere, just to make it clear. Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
What to do after you have actually ended up decorating.
Anyway, you require to remove any masking paper you installed, if suitable, ensuring 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 regional environment, the paint needs to be dry the next day however 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 an unique brush cleaner you can obtain from many Do It Yourself stores and after that store 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 only will this suggestion **** conserve you about two days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply expert, easy as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Ensure you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipeline.
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