Leading ideas 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 your house smartened and cleaned up up, but there are a couple of things you truly require to know, so we assemble some of our best leading tips and embellishing guidance for you.
Whether you have actually done it before, or want to paint for the first time, these essential tricks and ideas will assist you achieve a good surface, and do it securely too.
Painting your home is NOT a simple job and in a lot of cases, we would suggest calling a decorator or wall covering specialist, however if you fancy trying yourself, here’s a couple of hints from house painting expert Person Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that little bit easier!
The following pointers are related to painting the OUTSIDE of your home, not the within, although there are probably one or two of my tips that pertain to both activities.
Plus we also have a look at the potential RISKS involved in taking on a big home enhancement task like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening data on accidents whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you keep reading …
Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you ought to think about before you begin the task and if your home is listed or in a sanctuary, they may be certain restrictions on what colour you can use.
Anyway, here we go, our top ten suggestions to get the outside of your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This might seem exceptionally obvious to everyone however you would marvel how many people fail to plan, and then obviously plan to stop working, so write down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to take a seat and compose 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 stuff you will need (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise exercise 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 taken a seat in front of the telly with a cuppa, it takes effort and if you don’t 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 just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you don’t wind up painting the outdoor patio and your yard too.
Make certain you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not used to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.
Make certain also you use overall or old clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall finishings, particularly waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT wash out of your clothing.
3. Get the products needed to paint.
Time and time again we hear of individuals beginning their decorating 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 journey to the DIY store yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you return, and continue, when the whole wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: The only method you can be sure, if you are uncertain about just how much paint to buy, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid strongly on!), AND THEN pour each one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable cover and after that mix them entirely.
Then simply dispense the paint you need from the bigger container.
This likewise conserves wastage which suggests IT CONSERVES YOU CASH!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can take place frequently, specifically 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 afford.
- Brushes and rollers of numerous 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 area tidy.
- 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.
- Action ladder, ladders and gain access to devices. (see listed below).
Oh, and… Make sure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need PRIOR TO YOU START!
This ought to be more or less all you will need nevertheless remember, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.
LEADING TIP: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to save cash as they generally 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. Clean the walls of your house before painting.
In time your house, particularly if situated beside a roadway, will pick up gunk, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because 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 ahead of time, and enable to dry, your overall paint finish will be better.
That sort of dirt build up is typically simple to find, nevertheless for the best painting task, you need to CLEAN the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable material on the wall.
If your walls show indications of mould and green development, they may be hiding a damp issue within the walls, so if you are not exactly sure, get somebody experienced to take a look at it PRIOR TO 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 suggested prior to any painting is done.
If your house has a lot of grime then use a power washer, however only the type that is utilized to clean your car 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 quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, but if you have not done this in the past, and are only utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, however there’s a few things you need to understand prior to hand.
To prevent the spray going where you don’t desire it to go, you need to mask up areas that you do not desire 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 only your windows, however your vehicle too, and your spouse’s prized rose bush!!!
PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: If you see in the image we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper up to the moist course on the ground.
Why? Due to the fact that not only will this idea **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply professional, simple as that. If you want to paint like a pro, IMITATE a pro!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather just, most of any house painting task is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you at least THREE DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall needs to be PREPARED for the paint, so you need to look at any cracks that need filling, maybe 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, cracks and holes.
If you take time in preparing, and you do not have to be an expert decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is HARD and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of individuals get killed, or at best, hurt themselves by falling from roofing systems, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy if you are not used 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 often not a good idea for the amateur painter so browse the yellow pages for a reliable scaffolding company.
You would preferably discover one with trade accreditation and one who can reveal you their mishap book (a legal requirement) and likewise evidence of insurance.
Starting the painting.
OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and prepared, I indicate psychologically, not simply prepared as in “I just invested a load of cash down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You must have currently picked 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 your home as remember this is now a WORK AREA and must be dealt with as such.
Make certain 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 few months.
Flaking paint needs to be taken off, hollow rendering requirements to be sorted, rotten wood requires replacing, missing window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be removed too.
This is informing you to get a guy in rather if by this phase you don’t feel positive! It might really save you money as an appropriate decorator will be able to the task in a couple of days that would take you a number of weeks.
Once you are positive that all is well, you should start at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.
7. Tips to achieve the best surface.
Another excellent time-saving idea 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 information?
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 ensuring the paint has actually gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide nice, straight and neat lines down each opening, for a master surface whenever.
One pointer 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 only.
Paint onto the tape carefully, making sure you don’t raise the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have actually completed 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 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 an unique painters tape, offered from your local DIY store, which is better for this sort of thing, however more costly than masking tape.
TOP TIP: 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 much better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to tell the public.
Animals need to 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 looks like an excellent idea.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unpredictable terms not to go near the paint or the area you are painting.
Evaluate your paint, and even your abilities, on an obscure location at ground level, on an extremely small area to start with. Make sure the surface 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 a lot easier.
Many DIY painters wrongly think the best time to paint your house is mid summer season because of the low possibility of rain.
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 bright day, the sun will shine on the wall and I ensure that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and individuals who do this every day end up with eye pressure.
When it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are confident there is no chance of rain since the painted wall could end up struggling with a term not commonly understood in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients consisted of in the paint becoming impacted by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal pail known as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, use the unique tray or lengthened containers (troughs) developed 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 require a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some likewise have useful hooks to keep in place 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 confident strokes with a roller that has a great finish of paint however not too much so it leaks.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, however keep in mind 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 sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the job off!
What I indicate 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 out on gutter clips or an obstructed rain gutter, perhaps the garden looks scruffy?
With a nicely 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 a minimum of the location nearest to your home.
This will complete it off nicely, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have bought from the store. This can also earn you brownie points and maybe even a nice suggestion at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific finish.
The final tip I will give you today is to start your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.
This at first appears apparent but with the inexperienced painter may be doing not have confidence they frequently start at the bottom and work up.
We know this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the task, understand she or he can’t complete it and then they contact NEVER EVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP designers are understood by that extremely moniker? 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 proper way to do nearly everything in life, and, supplied you beware to this collection of beautiful basic ideas, and use the approach correctly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the final take away
SAFETY whilst painting and designing is also of main importance.
Do not take risks and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under quote how major a task painting your home can be.
It is necessary also that I tell you that if you are not confident, and I don’t imply very positive as we all have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are definitely afraid things of this then do yourself a favour and employ somebody else to paint your home!
Painting the outside does at least need some planning and planning but if you get it right, you can look forward to a good looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Decorators and painters need to go through a certain training period before they are let loose on houses and service premises, so bear that in mind when you begin and do not try to paint your house if you really do not have a clue or lack self-confidence as it is hard.
IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, cRUCIAL SAFETY ADVICE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of data for DIY associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to represent 87,000 of the 220,000 Do It Yourself enthusiasts showing up at healthcare facility each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 people to hospital every year– typically leading to some of the most serious injuries and even death when people fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles result in another 60,000 people seeking treatment in casualty.
The most dangerous tools according to the Home Mishap Surveillance System (2002) are:
1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 accidents 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. Planes (2,100).
10. Welding Equipment (2,000).
The leading ten DIY materials to take care 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 DIY mishaps 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.
Individuals frequently make errors when they hurry jobs or are tired.
Many individuals overestimate their capabilities, for instance gas and electrical work must be left to the specialists, and the same opts for embellishing.
Wise words certainly.
Long times, choosing to save a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Specialist Painting and Decorating.
Many Designers and painters now have a lot more things to think about when it concerns the job they do.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply turn up and paint what the client desired and that was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the job than simply the painting.
Much of the standard painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating business, such as painting very high structures, applying sanitary finishings inside hospitals, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one floor of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You might want to momentarily put masking over the windows to avoid a fine paint spray or drips on the glass panes if a small breeze is in the air.
Back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to conserve the very best till last and this ought to be the easier bit.
Again, ensure that no one is around the house where you are painting and ensure you put “DAMP PAINT!” indications everywhere, simply to make it clear. Guarantee you haven’t missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
What to do after you have completed designing.
Anyhow, you require to eliminate any masking paper you installed, if suitable, 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 environment, the paint must 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 a special brush cleaner you can receive from many DIY 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 only will this pointer **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** later on, its simply expert, simple as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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