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Top pointers on how to paint your house like an expert decorator

, if it’s that house painting time of the year again.

The feared time to get the outside of your home cleaned up and smartened up, but there are a few things you truly require to know, so we create some of our best top ideas and embellishing suggestions for you.

Whether you have actually done it previously, or want to paint for the first time, these crucial techniques and tips will help you accomplish an excellent surface, and do it securely too.

Painting your home is NOT an easy task and in most cases, we would advise calling a designer or wall finish specialist, however if you expensive taking a crack at yourself, here’s a couple of hints from house painting master Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that little bit simpler!

The following pointers relate to painting the OUTSIDE of your home, not the within, although there are most likely a couple of of my ideas that pertain to both activities.

Plus we likewise take a look at the possible THREATS involved in taking on a big home enhancement task like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some frightening stats on mishaps whilst doing DIY.

If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you read on …

Remember that keeping the character of your house will be something that you need to consider before you start the project and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they may be specific restrictions on what colour you can utilize.

Anyway, here we go, our leading ten pointers to get the beyond your house painted.

 

1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!

This may seem extremely apparent to everybody but you would be surprised the number of people fail to plan, and then of course plan to stop working, so document what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!

You don’t need to sit down and write an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.

Keep in mind any repair work or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of things you will need (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and perhaps likewise work out how much you plan to spend on this.

2. Prepare to paint!

Another thing people 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 hard work 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 actually prepared themselves and knows the significance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.

Make certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you do not wind up painting the patio and your yard too.

Make certain you are able and physically ready to perform this work as it does need stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing up ladders, acquaint yourself with safe usage.

Make certain likewise you use old or overall clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall finishings, specifically water resistant 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 people starting their decorating in earnest, just to find 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 Do It Yourself 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 various cans of paint were used. DOH!

PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: The only way you can be sure, if you are uncertain about how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the lid securely on!), AND THEN pour every one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable lid and then blend them all together.
Then simply give the paint you require from the bigger container.
This also conserves waste and that means IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can happen quite often, especially with darker coloured paints.

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As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.

  • Some paint (!). Pick the best masonry paint you can afford.
  • Brushes and rollers of various sizes.
  • Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
  • Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Manage with care).
  • Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
  • Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area tidy.
  • Gloves, hat and any protective items.
  • Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
  • Old clothing and rags for cloths.
  • Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
  • Step ladder, ladders and gain access to equipment. (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 require however bear in mind, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or repairing it.

TOP SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve cash as they usually 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 your home prior to painting.

Over time your house, particularly if located next to a road, will pick up dirt, dust and grime, in addition to plant pollen, sap and leaf mould.

You should NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, due to the fact that paint will not cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, as soon as finished, will look awful if you have painted over dirt.

If you clean the walls beforehand, and enable to dry, your total paint finish will be better.

That sort of dirt develop is typically simple to find, however for the very best painting job, you need to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.

This will eliminate any loose or friable material on the wall.

If your walls reveal indications of mould and green growth, they might 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 apply the paint.

This likewise applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has fractures, this could be a sign that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is recommended prior to any painting is done.

If your house has a great deal of gunk then use a power washer, however only the type that is used to clean your vehicle or driveway with, like the fella in the image listed 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 utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a couple of things you need to know prior to hand.

To avoid the spray going where you don’t desire it to go, you need to mask up areas that you do not want the paint to go to.

Remember when you spray paint, you develop a great mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, however your car too, and your spouse’s valued rose bush!!!

PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the picture 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 **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, basic as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!

6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.

Rather simply, most of any house painting job is the preparation beforehand. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will conserve you a minimum of 3 DAYS of work and tidying up afterwards.

The wall requires to be PREPARED for the paint, so you require to look at any cracks that require filling, perhaps old render that has actually come away 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, fractures and bumps.

If you take time in preparing, and you don’t have to be a professional decorator, you will SAVE money and time when you paint.

Painting your house yourself is NOT easy and is fraught with danger.

Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, thousands of people get eliminated, or at best, hurt themselves by falling from roofs, scaffolding and ladders.

It’s so easy 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 typically not a great idea for the novice painter so check out the yellow pages for a trustworthy scaffolding business.

You would preferably find one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also proof of insurance coverage.

Beginning the painting.

OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and prepared, I indicate 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 selected the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the right way to go about it (!) And have actually moved away items that clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and should be treated.

Make certain that all preparation is done!

Preparation, as we discussed earlier in the text, is vital if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.

Flaking paint requires to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood needs replacing, missing window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be taken off too.

If by this phase you don’t feel confident, this is informing you to get a man in instead! It might really conserve you money as an appropriate designer will be able to the job in a couple of days that would take you several weeks.

Once you are confident that all is well, you need to begin at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally using scaffolding.

7. Tips to accomplish the best finish.

Another fantastic time-saving idea is to do with the rounding 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 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 gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.

This will offer good, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a real pro surface each time.

One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and ensure the tape trespasses onto the window frame by a few mm just.

Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you don’t get or raise the tape paint under it.

As soon as you have finished 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 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 a special painters tape, available from your local DIY shop, which is better for this sort of thing, but more expensive than masking tape.

LEADING TIP: For a master finish, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade shop and purchase the trade equivalent paint. This is much better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to tell the 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 consuming your brush slimmers appears 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.

Test your paint, and even your abilities, on an odd area at ground level, on a very little location to start with. Make sure the surface area 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.

Numerous DIY painters wrongly believe the very best time to paint your house is mid summertime 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 because when you paint a wall on a sunny 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.

Paint when it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible.

If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait till you are positive there is no chance of rain since the painted wall might wind up suffering from a term not extensively known in DIY circles which is Surfactant leaching.

This is when active ingredients included in the paint becoming impacted by wetness which then brings parts 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, utilize a light metal container referred to as a paint kettle and of course for rollers, utilize the special tray or extended buckets (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 bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).

Some also have useful 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 a great coating of paint but not too much so it drips.

Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, however keep in mind many house paint tasks require 2 coats of paint, so pay attention 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 indicate 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 rain gutter clips or a blocked gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?

With a nicely painted house, you require to complete the job off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!

Get any other issue areas fixed, or it just ruins all the effort you put into painting the walls, the siding, the trim and any other area outside the home.

Tidy the garden, or a minimum of the area nearby to your home.

This will complete it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. This can also earn you brownie points and perhaps even a great pointer at the end if you are doing some painting for someone else.

10. Start at the top, and work down, for a terrific surface.

The last suggestion I will provide you today is to begin your painting at the top of your home, not the bottom.

This in the beginning seems apparent but with the unskilled painter may be doing not have confidence they typically begin at the bottom and work up.

We understand this as frequently the eager DIY painter will start the job, realise he or she can’t complete it and after that they call NEVER EVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to end up the work for them!

Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that really name? TOP!

You must constantly start at the top, yes on the scaffolding or the ladder, 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 outside?

There is a method and an appropriate method to do nearly everything in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of pretty simple suggestions, and utilize the approach correctly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.

And the final remove

SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is also of main significance.

Do not take risks and do not utilize tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.

Do not under quote how significant a task painting your house can be.

It is very important likewise that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I do not indicate extremely positive as all of us have our fears and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, but if you are absolutely scared stuff of this then do yourself a favour and employ another person to paint your house!

Painting the exterior does a minimum of require some forethought and planning but if you get it right, you can look forward to a great looking house … in the meantime anyway.

Decorators and painters need to go through a specific training duration prior to they are let loose on houses and company facilities, so bear that in mind when you begin and don’t try to paint your house if you really do not have an idea or absence confidence as it is hard.

IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE, important SECURITY SUGGESTIONS.

In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of statistics for Do It Yourself associated mishaps:

Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers showing up at healthcare facility each year.

When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 individuals to hospital every year– often resulting in some of the most serious injuries and even death.

Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.

The most unsafe 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. 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 Devices (2,000).

The leading ten DIY materials to take care with are:.

  1. Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 accidents).
  2. Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
  3. Metal bars, sheets and so on (12,800).
  4. Nails (15,400).
  5. Bricks (8,000).
  6. Paint and paint pots (3,900).
  7. Glue, paste and so on (3,100).
  8. Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
  9. Wallpaper (1,600).

Typical DIY accidents include cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint dripping into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.

When they hurry jobs or are tired, individuals frequently make errors.

Lots of people overestimate their abilities, for instance gas and electric work must be left to the experts, and the same chooses decorating.

Wise words undoubtedly.
Some times, deciding to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.

Safe Specialist Painting and Designing.

When it comes to the task they do, many Decorators and painters now have a lot more things to believe about.

In previous years, a painter and designer would just turn up and paint what the customer desired which had to do with it and some didn’t even clean up afterwards!

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 decorating business, such as painting really high buildings, using sanitary finishings inside health centers, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.

Once you have painted one floor of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.

If a minor breeze is in the air, you might want to temporarily put masking over the windows to avoid a fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes.

Back to the most convenient bit to paint: ground level!

It’s constantly best to save the best till last and this should be the much easier bit.

Once again, make sure that nobody is around your house where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” indications all over, just to make it crystal clear. Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.

What to do after you have actually ended up designing.

Anyway, you require to remove any masking paper you installed, if appropriate, ensuring it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.

In most cases, and depending upon temperature level and your local environment, the paint should be dry the next day however make certain 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 obtain from a lot of Do It Yourself stores and after that store them away for another day.

We would recommend “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 want to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!

 

Ensure you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.

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