Top suggestions on how to paint your house like an expert decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The dreadful time to get the outside of your home cleaned and smartened up, but there are a few things you truly require to understand, so we put together some of our best leading suggestions and embellishing guidance for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or want to paint for the very first time, these important tricks and ideas will help you accomplish an excellent finish, and do it safely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy task and in a lot of cases, we would advise calling a decorator or wall coating specialist, but if you elegant trying yourself, here’s a couple of hints from house painting guru Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that bit simpler!
The following suggestions are related to painting the BEYOND your house, not the inside, although there are most likely one or two of my ideas that pertain to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the possible THREATS involved in taking on a big home improvement project like painting your own house. Further down the page there are some scary stats on accidents whilst doing Do It Yourself.
If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” then I would recommend you continue reading …
Keep in mind that preserving the character of your house will be something that you should think about prior to you begin the job and if your home is listed or in a conservation area, they might be specific limitations on what colour you can use.
Anyway, here we go, our leading ten tips to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!
This might seem very obvious to everyone but you would be surprised the number of people fail to plan, and then obviously strategy to fail, so jot down what you are going to do, it helps you FOCUS!
You do not need to sit down and compose an essay, just 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 require (Do not forget to purchase the paint itself!), and perhaps also exercise just how much you plan to invest in this.
2. Get ready to paint!
Another thing people do not seem 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 don’t make the effort, it will either not get done, or will look horrible.
The painter in the image above has prepared themselves and understands the significance of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. It is not just the painting that requires 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 area and your lawn too.
Make certain you are able and physically prepared to perform this work as it does require endurance, and if you are not utilized to climbing up ladders, familiarise yourself with safe use.
Make certain also you wear old or general clothing as many outside paints and wall finishes, specifically waterproof ones, or damp proof paints, will NOT rinse of your clothes.
3. Get the products required to paint.
Time and time again we become aware of individuals beginning their decorating in earnest, just 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 Do It Yourself store yes?
On the other hand that wall you half-painted is now drying, so when you get back, and carry on, when the whole wall is completed, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 various cans of paint were used. DOH!
PRO PROFESSIONAL SECRET: The only way you can be sure, if you are not sure about how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover strongly on!), AND THEN pour every one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable lid and after that mix them completely.
Then just dispense the paint you require from the bigger container.
This likewise saves wastage which implies IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur on a regular basis, 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 numerous sizes.
- Dust Sheets, tarpaulins or old bed sheets.
- Paint thinners, brush cleaner and turps (Handle with care).
- Scrapers, wire brush and various hand tools.
- Sweeping brushes etc for keeping the area clean.
- Gloves, hat and any protective items.
- Masking tape and possible masking paper too.
- Old clothing and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if appropriate) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and gain access to equipment. (see below).
Oh, and… Ensure you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you need BEFORE YOU START!
This need to be basically all you will need nevertheless remember, we are speaking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP POINTER: 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 WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Tidy the walls of your home prior to painting.
Over time your house, particularly if located beside a road, will get dust, gunk and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You should NOT paint over this, even with just primer, since paint will not cure it, will not clean it, and likewise paint, as soon as finished, will look terrible if you have actually painted over dirt.
If you clean up the walls beforehand, and permit to dry, your general paint surface will be far better.
That sort of dirt build up is generally easy to spot, however for the best painting task, you need to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose product on the wall.
If your walls reveal signs of mould and green development, they may be concealing a wet issue within the walls, so if you are not sure, get somebody experienced to look at it BEFORE you use 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 prior to any painting is done.
If the house has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, but just 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 did 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 actually refrained from doing this previously, and are just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, but there’s a few things you need to understand before hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not want it to go, you must mask up locations that you do not want the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you produce a great mist, which with the smallest gust of wind, or with the sprayers lack of experience, that fine mist can cover not just your windows, but your vehicle too, and your spouse’s valued rose bush!!!
PRO EXPERT TRICK: If you see in the image we also laid dust sheets down, and after that paper up to the moist course on the ground.
Why? Since not just will this idea **** save you about two days of tidying up **** afterwards, its just expert, simple as that. ACT like a professional if you desire to paint like a pro!
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 save you at least 3 DAYS of work and tidying up afterwards.
The wall requires to be ALL SET for the paint, so you need to look at any fractures 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 cracks, bumps and holes.
If you require time in preparing, and you don’t need to be a professional designer, you will CONSERVE money and time when you paint.
Painting your house yourself is DIFFICULT and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not just here in the Dublin, thousands of people get eliminated, or at finest, hurt themselves by falling from roofings, scaffolding and ladders.
It’s so easy if you are not used 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 tall house is often not an excellent idea for the novice painter so look through the yellow pages for a respectable scaffolding company.
You would preferably find one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first of all, now you are ready, and prepared, I indicate psychologically, not just prepared as in “I just invested a load of cash down at the DIY store” and you are ready to start painting.
You need to have already chosen 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 the house as remember this is now a WORK AREA and needs to be treated as such.
Make sure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we spoke about 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 needs to be arranged, rotten wood requires changing, 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 male in rather! It could really conserve you cash as an appropriate designer will be able to the task in a few days that would take you numerous weeks.
When you are positive 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 achieve the very best surface.
Another fantastic time-saving idea is to do with the rounding off of the task AFTER you have actually painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big surface area, but what about attention to detail?
The professional 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 certain the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide good, straight and cool lines down each opening, for a real pro surface each time.
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 few mm only.
Paint onto the tape thoroughly, making sure you don’t get or lift the tape paint under it.
As quickly as you have completed one line or area, carefully remove the tape, standing away from the window and pulling outwards. Dispose of the tape in a bag or you may discover that scrunched up ball of tape you chucked on the floor 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 far better for this sort of thing, but more expensive than masking tape.
LEADING IDEA: For a master surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your regional trade shop and buy the trade equivalent paint. This is better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint business fail to tell the public.
Animals should 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 drinking your brush thinners appears like a great concept.
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.
Test your paint, or even your skills, on an odd area at ground level, on a very small area 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.
Lots of Do It Yourself painters incorrectly think the very best time to paint your house is mid summer because of the low opportunity of rain.
The best sort of weather 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 guarantee that the glare or reflection will impact your eyes, and individuals who do this every day end up with eye stress.
Paint when it is cloudy and try and finish mid afternoon if possible.
If using 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 ingredients included 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, use a light metal container called a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, utilize the unique tray or extended containers (troughs) designed 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 need a paint SCUTTLE, which can be purchased for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (below).
Some also have useful 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 utilizing a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a good finish of paint however not too much so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but remember many house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so focus as you will be doing all of this twice.
Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller sized brush.
9. “bolt-on” something else to finish the task off!
What I imply is, if you are working outside, you may have seen other things that require to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing rain gutter clips or an obstructed 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 areas fixed, 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 at least the location nearby to your house.
This will finish it off perfectly, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have purchased from the shop. This can also 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 fantastic surface.
The last pointer I will offer you today is to start your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This in the beginning appears obvious however with the unskilled painter might be lacking confidence they typically begin at the bottom and develop.
We understand this as quite often the eager Do It Yourself painter will start the task, understand he or she can’t complete it and then they call NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to end up the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators are understood by that very moniker? TOP!
You must constantly start at the top, yes on the ladder or the scaffolding, and work downwards, even if just to be able to have the chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor exterior?
There is a method and a right method to do practically everything in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of lovely simple pointers, and utilize the technique correctly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.
And the final eliminate
SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of main value.
Do not take risks and do not use tools or chemicals that you are not familiar with.
Do not under price quote how significant a task painting your house can be.
It is necessary also that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I don’t suggest super positive as we all have our worries and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, however if you are definitely terrified stuff of this then do yourself a favour and employ someone else to paint the house!
Painting the outside does at least require some forethought and planning but if you get it right, you can look forward to a great looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Decorators and painters have to go through a specific training period before they are let loose on houses and organization facilities, so bear that in mind when you begin and don’t try to paint your house if you actually do not have an idea or lack self-confidence as it is challenging.
ESSENTIAL SECURITY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA released the following set of statistics for DIY associated accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers turning up at hospital each year.
Ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 individuals to hospital annually– frequently leading to some of the most major injuries and even death when individuals fall from high up.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 individuals seeking treatment in casualty.
The most hazardous 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 Devices (2,000).
The leading ten 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 accidents consist of cuts from knives while cutting cable television 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.
Lots of people overestimate their abilities, for instance gas and electric work need to be delegated the specialists, and the exact same goes for decorating.
Some times, deciding to conserve a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Professional Painting and Decorating.
When it comes to the job they do, many Designers and painters now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would just show up and paint what the consumer wanted and that had to do with it and some didn’t even clean up afterwards!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the job than simply the painting.
Many of the conventional painters and designers often specialise in other locations of the embellishing service, such as painting really tall structures, applying hygienic coatings inside health centers, or painting in remote locations such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have actually painted one floor of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, once again, cutting in around windows.
You might desire to temporarily put masking over the windows to prevent a great 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 always best to save the very best up until last and this ought to be the much easier bit.
Once again, make certain that no one is around your house where you are painting and make certain you put “DAMP PAINT!” signs all over, simply to make it crystal clear. Ensure you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.
What to do after you have finished decorating.
Anyhow, you need to remove any masking paper you set up, if applicable, ensuring it doesn’t touch the walls when you remove it, and after that put it in a bin liner for recycling.
Most of the times, and depending on temperature level and your regional environment, the paint ought to 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 a special brush cleaner you can get from most DIY 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.
Because not only will this pointer **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, easy as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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