Leading suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional designer
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The feared time to get the outside of your home cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a couple of things you actually need to know, so we put together a few of our best top ideas and decorating guidance for you.
Whether you’ve done it in the past, or wish to paint for the very first time, these crucial techniques and tips will assist you accomplish an excellent finish, and do it safely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy job and in most cases, we would advise calling a decorator or wall finishing specialist, however if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting guru Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that bit simpler!
The following suggestions are related to painting the BEYOND your house, not the inside, although there are probably one or two of my suggestions that are relevant to both activities.
Plus we also take a look at the possible RISKS associated with taking on a large home improvement job like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary stats on accidents whilst doing DIY.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would suggest you read on …
Remember that maintaining the character of your house will be something that you ought to think about before you start the project and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they may be particular constraints on what colour you can utilize.
Anyway, here we go, our top 10 ideas to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Plan the work in advance of painting!
This may seem exceptionally obvious to everyone but you would marvel how many individuals fail to prepare, and after that naturally strategy to stop working, so jot down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not have to sit down and write an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will be sufficient.
Note any repair work or flaking paint you require to look at, make a list of stuff you will need (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and maybe likewise exercise just how much you prepare to invest in 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 effort and if you don’t make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look terrible.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and understands the importance of scraping down old paint and likewise covering the floor. It is not simply the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.
Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you do not wind up painting the patio area and your yard too.
Make sure you are physically prepared and able to perform this work as it does require endurance, and if you are not used to climbing ladders, acquaint yourself with safe use.
Ensure likewise you use old or total clothes as many outside paints and wall coatings, particularly waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothing.
3. Get the materials needed to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of individuals starting their decorating in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, an entire wall like the gable end, they lack 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 carry on, once the entire wall is ended up, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO PROFESSIONAL SECRET: 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 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 bigger container.
This likewise saves waste and that means IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur quite often, particularly with darker coloured paints.
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 slimmers, brush cleaner and turps (Handle with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area tidy.
- Gloves, hat and any protective products.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothes and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access 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 require nevertheless keep in mind, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP SUGGESTION: Do NOT buy inexpensive brushes to conserve money as they normally shed their bristles which can destroy your paint task and take two times as long as with a good quality decorators brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING MONEY!
4. Clean the walls of the house before painting.
In time your house, specifically if situated beside a roadway, will pick up grime, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with just primer, since paint won’t treat it, won’t clean it, and likewise paint, when finished, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and allow to dry, your general paint surface will be better.
That sort of dirt develop is usually simple to spot, nevertheless for the best painting job, you need to CLEAN UP the outside of your house.
This will eliminate any loose or friable product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green growth, they may be hiding a wet issue within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get somebody experienced to take a 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 fractures, this could be a sign that your wall requires re-rendering, and this is suggested before any painting is done.
If your house has a great deal of gunk then utilize 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 task 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 previously, and are only using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, however there’s a few things you require to know before hand.
To avoid 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 fine mist, which with the tiniest gust of wind, or with the sprayers inexperience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, but your cars and truck too, and your other half’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST SECRET: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper up to the damp course on the ground.
Why? Because not just will this pointer **** conserve you about two days of tidying up **** later on, its just professional, basic as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT 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 spend on preparation, will conserve you a minimum of 3 DAYS of work and tidying up later on.
The wall requires to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to take a look at any fractures that require filling, possibly old render that has come away from the wall and is hollow, and get rid of mould, dirt and grime from the walls.
Sand down any rough bits on the walls and woodwork and fill in any holes, bumps and fractures.
If you take time in preparing, and you do not have to be a professional decorator, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, countless people get eliminated, or at best, hurt themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy if you are not utilized 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, specifically a tall house is often not a great idea for the novice painter so check out the yellow pages for a reputable scaffolding company.
You would ideally find one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also proof of insurance coverage.
Starting the painting.
OK, to begin with, now you are ready, and ready, I imply mentally, not just prepared as in “I simply spent a load of money down at the DIY shop” and you are ready to begin painting.
You ought to have already selected 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 clutter around the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and needs to be treated as such.
Make certain that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about previously in the text, is essential if your paint job is to last for more than a couple of months.
Flaking paint needs to be removed, hollow rendering needs to be arranged, rotten wood needs changing, missing out on window putty requires to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be taken off too.
This is informing you to get a guy in instead if by this stage you do not feel confident! It could really conserve you money as a proper decorator will have the ability to the task in a few days that would take you numerous weeks.
When you are confident that all is well, you should begin at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably using scaffolding.
7. Tips to accomplish the best finish.
Another excellent 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 large surface area, but what about attention to information?
The pro painter will spend a lot of time on information, such as cutting in to alcoves and corners where the roller didn’t reach, or ensuring the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will offer great, neat and straight lines down each opening, for a master finish every time.
One idea is to put a masking tape line around the window exposes, and make certain the tape encroaches onto the window frame by a few mm only.
Then paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you don’t raise the tape or get paint under it.
As soon as you have completed one line or area, carefully eliminate the tape, standing away 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 floor will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.
There does exist a special painters tape, offered from your regional DIY store, which is better for this sort of thing, however more pricey than masking tape.
LEADING IDEA: For a real pro finish, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your local trade shop and buy the trade comparable paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies fail to inform 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 think consuming your brush thinners appears like an excellent concept.
It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no unpredictable terms not to go near the location or the paint you are painting.
Check your paint, and even your abilities, on an odd location at ground level, on a very small location to start with. Make certain 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 much easier.
Since of the low chance of rain, numerous Do It Yourself painters wrongly think the finest time to paint your house is mid summer.
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 ensure that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye stress.
When it is cloudy and try and end up mid afternoon if possible, paint.
If utilizing gloss paint or emulsion, wait until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall might wind up suffering from a term not extensively understood in Do It Yourself circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when components consisted of in the paint becoming impacted by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface, drying in a waxy movie.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, use a light metal pail known as a paint kettle and obviously for rollers, utilize the special tray or extended containers (troughs) created to deal with rollers.
You can buy 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 also have handy hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.
When you are not getting paint out of it, location the cover back on the tin.
Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has an excellent finish of paint however not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but remember the majority of house paint tasks need 2 coats of paint, so focus 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 end up the job off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing 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 nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other issue locations repaired, or it just 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 closest to the house.
This will complete it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the store. If you are doing some painting for someone else, this can likewise earn you brownie points and perhaps even a great pointer at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for an excellent surface.
The last idea I will provide you today is to begin your painting at the top of your house, not the bottom.
This at first seems apparent but with the inexperienced painter might be lacking self-confidence they typically start at the bottom and develop.
We know this as on a regular basis the eager DIY painter will start the task, realise she or he can’t finish it and after that they contact NEVER PAINT ONCE AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that really moniker? 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 outside?
There is an approach and a right method to do practically whatever in life, and, offered you take heed to this collection of lovely simple suggestions, and use the approach correctly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the last eliminate
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 significant a task painting the house can be.
It is necessary likewise that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I do not imply extremely confident as all of us have our fears and concerns 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 someone else to paint the house!
Painting the exterior does a minimum of require some forethought and preparation however if you get it right, you can anticipate a nice looking house … for now anyway.
Painters and decorators have to go through a particular training duration prior to they are let loose on houses and business properties, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t attempt to paint your house if you actually don’t have a clue or lack confidence as it is challenging.
ESSENTIAL SECURITY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for DIY related mishaps:
Injuries from tools and equipment are approximated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts showing up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send out 41,000 individuals to health center yearly– often resulting in some of the most severe injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 people 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. 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 Devices (2,000).
The top 10 Do It Yourself materials to take care with are:.
- Wood, chipboard etc. (29,400 mishaps).
- 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 and so on (3,100).
- Screws and floor/wall tiles (2,500).
- Wallpaper (1,600).
Typical Do It Yourself mishaps consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
People typically make errors when they rush tasks or are tired.
Many people overestimate their capabilities, for example gas and electrical work ought to be left to the professionals, and the exact same chooses decorating.
Some times, deciding to conserve a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Expert 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 decorator would simply show up and paint what the client desired which had to do with it and some didn’t even tidy up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the job than simply the painting.
Much of the traditional painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating business, such as painting very high structures, using sanitary finishings inside healthcare facilities, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
As soon as you have painted one flooring of the house, move down to the lower level of scaffold and start painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.
You may desire to temporarily put masking over the windows to avoid a great paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a small breeze is in the air.
Finally, back to the most convenient bit to paint: ground level!
It’s always best to conserve the best until last and this must be the easier bit.
Once again, make sure that nobody is around your home where you are painting and ensure you put “WET PAINT!” indications everywhere, just to make it clear. Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have finished decorating.
Anyhow, you require to eliminate any masking paper you installed, if relevant, making sure 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 regional 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 an unique brush cleaner you can receive from many Do It Yourself shops 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 **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just professional, easy as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Guarantee you have not missed any bits such as window reveals or behind pipeline.
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