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Top suggestions on how to paint your house like a professional designer

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

The dreaded time to get the outside of the house cleaned up and smartened up, however there are a few things you truly require to know, so we create some of our finest leading suggestions and decorating suggestions for you.

Whether you’ve done it before, or want to paint for the very first time, these important tricks and suggestions will help you accomplish a great surface, and do it securely too.

Painting your home is NOT an easy task and oftentimes, we would advise calling a designer or wall finish expert, but if you expensive trying yourself, here’s a couple of tips from house painting expert Man Alexander Bell, to make this years painting job that bit much easier!

The following ideas belong to painting the OUTSIDE of your house, not the within, although there are probably one or two of my ideas that are relevant to both activities.

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

If you are on this page asking “should I paint my house?” I would recommend you check out on …

Remember that maintaining the character of your house home be something that you should must before you start begin project task if your home house listed or in a conservation preservation, they may be certain particular constraints what colour you can useUtilize

Anyway, here we go, our top ten tips to get the outside of your house painted.

 

1. Strategy the operate in advance of painting!

This may appear very obvious to everyone however you would be surprised how many people fail to prepare, and after that of course strategy to fail, so make a note of what you are going to do, it assists you FOCUS!

You do not have to take a seat and write an essay, just some rough notes on one side of A4 paper will suffice.

Note any repair work or flaking paint you need to look at, make a list of stuff you will need (Do not forget to buy the paint itself!), and perhaps also exercise just how much you prepare to spend on this.

2. Prepare to paint!

Another thing people don’t appear to do is to prepare THEMSELVES for the work ahead.

Painting a house is NOT the like sat down 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 actually prepared themselves and knows the importance of scraping down old paint and also covering the flooring. It is not just the painting that needs preparation, YOU DO TOO.

Make sure you have enough dust sheets or old blankets to use, so you do not end up painting the patio and your lawn too.

Make certain you are physically ready and able 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 sure also you wear old or total clothes as lots of exterior paints and wall coverings, particularly water resistant ones, or damp evidence 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 designing in earnest, only to discover 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 continue, once the whole wall is finished, you will see a shadow or a rough line where the 2 different cans of paint were utilized. DOH!

PRO PROFESSIONAL TRICK: The only way you can be sure, if you are uncertain about just how much paint to purchase, is, after you shaken all of the cans of paint (with the cover strongly on!), AND THEN put each one of them into a brand new large tub with a sealable cover and then blend them all together.
Just dispense the paint you require from the larger container.
This also saves wastage and that indicates IT CONSERVES YOU MONEY!!!!!
That way, you will not get brush lines, or shadows in your repainting as this can occur 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 (!). Choose the very best masonry paint you can pay for.
  • 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 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 clothes and rags for fabrics.
  • Sandpaper, putty (if applicable) and filler.
  • Action ladder, ladders and access devices. (see listed below).

Oh, and… Make certain you have all ladders, tools, brushes that you require PRIOR TO YOU START!

This must be more or less all you will need however remember, we are talking about PAINTING a house here and not preparing a house or fixing it.

LEADING POINTER: Do NOT buy cheap brushes to conserve cash as they usually shed their bristles which can ruin your paint task and take twice as long as with a good quality designers brush, SO YOU WILL END UP WASTING CASH!

4. Clean the walls of your house before painting.

Over time your house, specifically if located next to a roadway, will get gunk, dirt and dust, in addition to plant pollen, leaf and sap mould.

You ought to NOT paint over this, even with just guide, since paint won’t cure it, will not clean it, and also paint, as soon as completed, will look awful if you have painted over dirt.

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

That sort of dirt develop is typically easy to identify, however for the very best painting task, you need to CLEAN the outside of your house.

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

If your walls show signs of mould and green development, they might be hiding a wet problem within the walls, so if you are uncertain, get someone 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 requires re-rendering, and this is recommended before any painting is done.

If the house has a great deal of gunk then utilize a power washer, but just the type that is used to clean your car or driveway with, like the fella in the image below, which was a painting pebbledash task 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, but if you have refrained from doing this previously, and are just utilizing masonry paint, you CAN spray it for a much quicker job, but there’s a few things you need to understand before hand.

To prevent the spray going where you do not desire it to go, you need to 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 only your windows, but your cars and truck too, and your better half’s valued increased bush!!!

PRO EXPERT SECRET: If you see in the photo we likewise laid dust sheets down, and after that paper up to the wet course on the ground.
Why? Because not only will this tip **** conserve you about 2 days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply professional, easy as that. If you want to paint like a pro, ACT like a pro!

6. Tips for preparing the wall for paint.

Rather merely, most of any house painting task is the preparation ahead of time. ONE DAY that you invest in preparation, will save you a minimum of THREE DAYS of work and tidying up later on.

The wall needs to be ALL SET for the paint, so you require to take a look at any fractures that need filling, possibly 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 bumps, cracks and holes.

If you take some time in preparing, and you do not have 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 just here in the Dublin, countless individuals 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, especially a high house is often not a great idea for the beginner painter so check out the yellow pages for a reliable 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.

Starting the painting.

OK, first of all, now you are ready, and ready, I suggest mentally, not simply prepared as in “I just spent a load of cash down at the Do It Yourself store” and you are ready to begin painting.

You must have currently chosen the colour, and agreed with the other half that this is properly to go about it (!) and have actually moved away products that clutter around your home as remember this is now a WORK AREA and needs to be dealt with as such.

Make certain that all preparation is done!

Preparation, as we discussed previously in the text, is necessary if your paint task 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 changing, missing out on window putty needs to be done, and any mould or algae requires to be removed too.

If by this stage you don’t feel great, this is telling you to get a man in rather! It could really save you cash as a proper designer will have the ability to the task in a couple of days that would take you numerous weeks.

As soon as you are positive that all is well, you must begin at the TOP of your home and work down (NOT the other way around), ideally utilizing scaffolding.

7. Tips to accomplish the very best finish.

Another terrific 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 spend a great deal of time on information, 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 give great, straight and neat lines down each opening, for a master surface every time.

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

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

As quickly as you have actually finished one line or section, carefully remove 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 flooring will blow around and put paint splashes on the flooring.

There does exist a special painters tape, offered from your local Do It Yourself store, which is far better for this sort of thing, but more pricey than masking tape.

LEADING POINTER: For a master surface, do NOT buy Do It Yourself paint, go to your local trade store and purchase the trade comparable paint. This is far better quality than DIY paint and will last longer, something the paint companies stop working to tell the general public.

Animals should 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 think drinking your brush slimmers looks like a great concept.

It’s the same with kids. You MUST tell them in no uncertain terms not to go near the area or the paint you are painting.

Evaluate your paint, and even your skills, on an obscure location at ground level, on a very little location to start with. Ensure 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.

Due to the fact that of the low possibility of rain, lots of Do It Yourself painters incorrectly think the finest time to paint your house is mid summer season.

The best sort of weather to paint is not too cold and not too warm and without the sun.

This is since 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 affect your eyes, and people who do this every day end up with eye pressure.

When it is cloudy and attempt and complete mid afternoon if possible, paint.

If using gloss paint or emulsion, wait up until you are confident there is no chance of rain because the painted wall might end up suffering from a term not extensively understood in DIY circles and that is Surfactant leaching.

This is when active ingredients included in the paint ending up being impacted by wetness which then brings parts of the paint to the surface area, drying in a waxy movie.

Do not get your paint straight from the tin you bought it in, utilize a light metal bucket called a paint kettle and of course for rollers, use the special tray or lengthened containers (troughs) created to deal 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 helpful hooks to keep in put on the scaffold.

When you are not getting paint out of it, place the lid back on the tin.

Beginning at the top, and using a roller, make positive strokes with a roller that has a good coating of paint however not too much so it leaks.

Work the paint in well, not missing out on any bits, but remember many house paint jobs require 2 coats of paint, so take note as you will be doing all of this twice.

Cut into edges and around doors and windows with a smaller brush.

9. “bolt-on” something else to complete the job off!

What I indicate is, if you are working outside, you may have noticed other things that require to get done too, such as a cracked window pane, missing out on seamless gutter clips or a blocked rain gutter, maybe the garden looks scruffy?

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

Get any other issue areas fixed, or it simply 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 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 bought from the store. This can likewise make you brownie points and possibly even a great tip 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 idea I will give you today is to start your painting at the top of your house, not the bottom.

This initially appears obvious however with the unskilled painter may be lacking confidence they frequently start at the bottom and work up.

We know this as quite often the eager DIY painter will start the job, understand she or he can’t finish it and then they get in touch with NEVER EVER PAINT AGAIN to finish the work for them!

Why do you believe that TOP designers are understood by that very name? TOP!

You must always begin 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 an approach and a proper way to do almost whatever in life, and, provided you beware to this collection of beautiful simple tips, and use the approach properly to paint your house, you should not have any issues.

And the final eliminate

SAFETY whilst painting and decorating is likewise of main importance.

Do not take threats and do not use tools or chemicals that you are unfamiliar with.

Do not under estimate how major a job painting your house can be.

It is necessary likewise that I inform you that if you are not confident, and I don’t mean incredibly confident as we all have our worries and concerns if we are doing something that we are not utilized to doing, however if you are absolutely frightened things of this then do yourself a favour and hire another person to paint your home!

Painting the outside does at least require some forethought and planning however if you get it right, you can look forward to a great looking house … in the meantime anyway.

Painters and designers need to go through a specific training duration before they are let loose on homes and business premises, so bear that in mind when you start and do not try to paint your house if you actually do not have a hint or lack self-confidence as it is difficult.

IMPORTANT SECURITY RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PAINTING YOUR OWN HOUSE.

In 2010, ROSPA published the following set of data for DIY related mishaps:

Injuries from tools and equipment are estimated to account for 87,000 of the 220,000 DIY lovers turning up at medical facility each year.

Ladder and stepladder accidents send 41,000 people to medical facility each year– often leading to a few 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 looking for treatment in casualty.

The most dangerous tools according to the Home Accident Monitoring System (2002) are:

1. Knives and scalpels (21,300 accidents 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 top ten Do It Yourself materials to make sure with are:.

  1. Wood, chipboard and so on (29,400 mishaps).
  2. Paving/Concrete Blocks (21,200).
  3. Metal bars, sheets etc. (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 Do It Yourself mishaps include cuts from knives while cutting cable and carpets, slips with saws when cutting wood, paint leaking into eyes from slabs and ceilings falling onto hands and feet.

When they rush tasks or are tired, individuals typically make mistakes.

Lots of people overstate their capabilities, for example gas and electrical work should be delegated the experts, and the same goes for decorating.

Wise words certainly.
Long times, deciding to conserve a couple of quid by doing house painting yourself can seriously backfire on you.

Safe Expert Painting and Decorating.

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

In previous years, a painter and decorator would simply show up and paint what the consumer desired and that was about it and some didn’t even clean up later on!

Nowadays there is a lot more work that goes into the job than just the painting.

A number of the conventional painters and designers in some cases specialise in other areas of the decorating company, such as painting very high structures, applying hygienic coverings inside medical facilities, or painting in remote areas such as the North York Moors, Dartmoor or a Scottish island.

As soon as you have painted one floor of your home, move down to the lower level of scaffold and begin painting that elevation, again, cutting in around windows.

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

Lastly, back to the easiest bit to paint: ground level!

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

Again, ensure that no one is around the house where you are painting and make certain you put “WET PAINT!” indications all over, simply to make it clear. Guarantee you have not missed out on any bits such as window reveals or behind pipe.

What to do after you have actually finished designing.

Anyway, you need to remove any masking paper you installed, if relevant, making certain 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 needs to be dry the next day but make sure you do not put anything up against for a while it as it will scar the paintwork.

Clean your brushes and roller with a special brush cleaner you can get from a lot of DIY shops and then 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.

Because not just will this idea **** save you about two days of cleaning up **** afterwards, its simply expert, simple as that. If you desire to paint like a pro, ACT like a professional!

 

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

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