Leading pointers on how to paint your house like a professional decorator
If it’s that house painting time of the year once again.
The feared time to get the outside of your house smartened and cleaned up, however there are a few things you actually require to know, so we put together some of our finest top suggestions and embellishing recommendations for you.
Whether you have actually done it previously, or wish to paint for the very first time, these essential techniques and suggestions will assist you attain a great finish, and do it securely too.
Painting your house is NOT an easy job and in most cases, we would suggest calling a decorator or wall covering specialist, but if you fancy taking a crack at yourself, here’s a few hints from house painting expert Guy Alexander Bell, to make this years painting project that bit easier!
The following tips relate to painting the OUTSIDE of your house, not the inside, although there are probably a couple of of my suggestions that relate to both activities.
Plus we likewise have a look at the potential DANGERS involved in taking on a large home improvement job like painting your own house. Even more down the page there are some scary statistics on accidents whilst doing Do It Yourself.
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 must consider before you begin the task and if your home is noted or in a conservation area, they might be particular constraints on what colour you can use.
Anyhow, here we go, our top ten pointers to get the beyond your house painted.
1. Strategy the work in advance of painting!
This may appear incredibly apparent to everybody however you would marvel the number of people stop working to prepare, and then naturally strategy to fail, so document what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!
You don’t have to sit down and compose an essay, simply some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.
Note any repair work or flaking paint you require to take a look at, make a list of stuff you will require (Don’t forget to buy the paint itself!), and possibly likewise exercise just how much you plan to invest in this.
2. Prepare yourself 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 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 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 certain you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to utilize, so you do not end up painting the outdoor patio and your lawn too.
Ensure you are physically ready and able to perform this work as it does require stamina, and if you are not utilized to climbing ladders, familiarise yourself with safe usage.
Ensure also you wear general or old clothes as many outside paints and wall coatings, especially water resistant 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 people starting their decorating in earnest, only to discover that in the middle of painting an elevation, a whole 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 continue, once the entire wall is ended up, 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 how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover strongly on!), AND THEN put every one of them into a brand new big tub with a sealable cover and then mix them entirely.
Then simply give the paint you need from the larger container.
This likewise conserves wastage and that indicates IT SAVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you won’t get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur frequently, especially with darker coloured paints.
As a rough guide, these are the sort of things you will need.
- Some paint (!). Pick the very 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 (Handle 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 clothes and rags for cloths.
- Sandpaper, putty (if relevant) and filler.
- Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see below).
Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!
This should be more or less all you will require nevertheless remember, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.
TOP POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve money as they typically shed their bristles which can destroy your paint task and take two times as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL WIND UP WASTING CASH!
4. Clean the walls of your home prior to painting.
Gradually your house, especially if located beside a roadway, will get dust, grime and dirt, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.
You must NOT paint over this, even with simply primer, because paint will not treat it, will not clean it, and also paint, as soon as ended up, will look terrible if you have painted over dirt.
If you clean the walls in advance, and enable to dry, your general paint finish will be better.
That sort of dirt develop is typically simple to identify, however for the very best painting task, you require to CLEAN UP the exterior of your house.
This will eliminate any friable or loose material on the wall.
If your walls show signs of mould and green growth, they might be hiding a wet problem within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get somebody experienced to take a look at it BEFORE you use the paint.
This also applies to the condition of the surface itself. If the wall to paint has fractures, this could be an indication that your wall needs re-rendering, and this is advised prior to any painting is done.
If your home has a lot of grime then utilize a power washer, however just the type that is used to clean your car 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 quicker.
OK, this is the sort of thing we do every day, but if you have refrained from doing this previously, and are just using masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker task, however there’s a couple of things you need to understand prior to hand.
To prevent the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you must mask up areas that you do not desire the paint to go to.
Remember when you spray paint, you create a fine mist, which with the slightest 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 valued increased bush!!!
PRO SPECIALIST TRICK: If you see in the image we also laid dust sheets down, and after that paper as much as the wet course on the ground.
Why? Because not only will this idea **** save you about two days of tidying up **** later on, its simply expert, easy as that. If you wish to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!
6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.
Rather just, most of any house painting task is the preparation in advance. ONE DAY that you spend on preparation, will save you at least 3 DAYS of work and cleaning up afterwards.
The wall needs to be READY for the paint, so you need to look at any cracks that require filling, possibly old render that has actually 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 holes, bumps and fractures.
If you take some time in preparing, and you don’t need to be a professional designer, you will CONSERVE time and MONEY when you paint.
Painting your home yourself is CHALLENGING and is fraught with danger.
Every year, and not simply here in the Dublin, countless individuals get eliminated, or at best, injure 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, specifically a tall house is often not a good concept for the beginner painter so check out the yellow pages for a respectable scaffolding company.
You would ideally discover one with trade accreditation and one who can show you their accident book (a legal requirement) and also evidence of insurance coverage.
Beginning the painting.
OK, first of all, now you are ready, and prepared, I imply mentally, not just prepared as in “I just invested a load of money down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to begin painting.
You ought to have currently chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is the proper way to set about it (!) And have actually moved away products that mess around the house as remember this is now a WORK LOCATION and should be dealt with.
Ensure that all preparation is done!
Preparation, as we discussed earlier in the text, is necessary if your paint task 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 out on window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae needs to be removed too.
This is informing you to get a male in instead if by this stage you don’t feel confident! It might in fact save you cash as a correct decorator will be able to the job in a couple of days that would take you a number of weeks.
Once you are confident that all is well, you must start at the TOP of the house and work down (NOT the other way around), preferably using scaffolding.
7. Tips to attain the best finish.
Another terrific time-saving suggestion is to do with the finishing off of the task AFTER you have painted the walls. When you paint a house, that is a big surface area, but what about attention to information?
The pro painter will spend a great deal of time on information, such as cutting in to corners and alcoves where the roller didn’t reach, or ensuring the paint has gone under the window cills, and right down to the DPC.
This will provide good, straight and neat lines down each opening, for a master finish whenever.
One suggestion is to put a masking tape line around the window reveals, and ensure the tape intrudes 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 soon as you have ended up one line or area, thoroughly 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 flooring.
There does exist an unique painters tape, available from your local Do It Yourself shop, which is far better for this sort of thing, but more expensive than masking tape.
LEADING TIP: For a real pro surface, do NOT buy DIY paint, go to your regional trade shop and buy the trade comparable paint. This is much better quality than Do It Yourself paint and will last longer, something the paint business stop working to inform 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 drinking your brush thinners seems like an excellent 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.
Evaluate your paint, or even your skills, on an unknown location at ground level, on a really little location to start with. Make certain the surface area you are painting on is “sound” and of good quality, and your paint is well mixed, and your brush does not shed bristles.
8. Paint when it’s cloudy if possible, it’s much easier.
Lots of Do It Yourself painters incorrectly think the very best time to paint your house is mid summer season because of the low chance of rain.
The very best sort of weather to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.
This is because 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 wind up with eye pressure.
Paint when it is cloudy and try and end up mid afternoon if possible.
If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are positive there is no chance of rain because the painted wall could end up experiencing a term not commonly understood in Do It Yourself circles and that is Surfactant leaching.
This is when ingredients contained in the paint becoming affected by wetness which then brings elements of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy film.
Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal pail called a paint kettle and naturally for rollers, use 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 need a paint SCUTTLE, which can be bought for around EUR3.50 from Wilco.com (listed below).
Some likewise have handy 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 utilizing a roller, make confident strokes with a roller that has a good coating of paint but not excessive so it drips.
Work the paint in well, not missing any bits, however remember many house paint jobs need 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 complete the job off!
What I mean is, if you are working outside, you may have observed other things that require to get done too, such as a split window pane, missing rain gutter clips or an obstructed rain gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?
With a well painted house, you require to end up the task off, and it’s absolutely nothing to do with more paint!
Get any other problem 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 nearest to your home.
This will finish it off well, sort of like putting a frame around a painting that you have actually bought from the store. If you are doing some painting for somebody else, this can also earn you brownie points and maybe even a nice tip at the end.
10. Start at the top, and work down, for a fantastic finish.
The final suggestion I will give you today is to begin your painting at the top of the house, not the bottom.
This at first appears obvious but with the inexperienced painter may be doing not have self-confidence they typically begin at the bottom and work up.
We understand this as quite often the eager DIY painter will begin the task, understand she or he can’t complete it and after that they get in touch with NEVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!
Why do you think that TOP decorators 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 chance to paint over those splashes from your brush or roller whilst painting the top floor exterior?
There is a technique and a correct method to do almost whatever in life, and, supplied you beware to this collection of pretty simple ideas, and utilize the approach correctly to paint your house, you should not have any problems.
And the final take away
SECURITY whilst painting and designing is also of main significance.
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 job painting your home can be.
It is essential likewise that I inform you that if you are not positive, and I do not imply extremely confident as all of us have our worries and worries if we are doing something that we are not used to doing, however if you are definitely terrified things of this then do yourself a favour and work with someone else to paint your house!
Painting the outside does a minimum of need some planning and planning however if you get it right, you can eagerly anticipate a good looking house … in the meantime anyhow.
Painters and decorators need to go through a certain training period prior to they are let loose on homes and service properties, so bear that in mind when you start and don’t try to paint your house if you really do not have a hint or lack confidence as it is hard.
CRUCIAL SECURITY GUIDANCE IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.
In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of stats for Do It Yourself related accidents:
Injuries from tools and machinery are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY enthusiasts showing up at health center each year.
When individuals fall from high up, ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 people to health center each year– typically resulting in some of the most major injuries and even death.
Splinters, grit, dust, dirt and other particles lead to another 60,000 individuals looking for treatment in casualty.
The most unsafe tools according to the Home Accident Security System (2002) are:
1. Scalpels and knives (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. Aircrafts (2,100).
10. Welding Devices (2,000).
The top ten DIY products to take care with are:.
- Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 accidents).
- 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 Do It Yourself mishaps include cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from pieces and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.
When they rush tasks or are tired, people typically make errors.
Many individuals overstate their abilities, for example gas and electric work ought to be delegated the specialists, and the exact same chooses embellishing.
Wise words certainly.
Some times, choosing to conserve a few quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.
Safe Specialist Painting and Decorating.
When it comes to the task they do, most Painters and Designers now have a lot more things to think about.
In previous years, a painter and designer would simply turn up and paint what the consumer desired which had to do with it and some didn’t even tidy up later on!
Nowadays there is a lot more work that enters into the task than simply the painting.
Much of the conventional painters and decorators often specialise in other areas of the embellishing business, such as painting very high structures, using sanitary coverings inside hospitals, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.
Once you have painted one flooring of your 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 fine paint spray or leaks on the glass panes if a minor breeze is in the air.
Finally, back to the simplest bit to paint: ground level!
It’s constantly best to save the best up until last and this need to be the much easier bit.
Again, make sure that nobody is around the house where you are painting and make sure you put “WET PAINT!” indications all over, just to make it crystal clear. Ensure you haven’t missed any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
What to do after you have ended up designing.
Anyhow, you require to get rid of any masking paper you installed, if appropriate, 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 level and your local environment, the paint ought to be dry the next day however make sure 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 receive from the majority of DIY shops and after that 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 idea **** save you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its just expert, easy as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!
Ensure you have not missed out on any bits such as window exposes or behind pipe.
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