With the end of summer approaching, we think now is the ideal time to start painting the outside of your house. To get you started we have come up with a few tips to make painting your home that little bit easier. It is a time-consuming job but so worth the end result.
Clean the outside of your house.
Sounds difficult but it isn’t. As long as you have the right tools, it is possible to do yourself. It is best to wait for a dry day to start cleaning your house. A windy day will cause over spray. If possible, cover all light fixtures, electrical outlets and plants if they are near the house. All windows and doors should be closed.
Now it's time to get washing. A fungal wash is ideal for getting a house ready for new paint. Mix the fungal wash 4 to 1 and spray onto the house. It is best to leave this for 24 hours. You will need either a power washer or hose to really give your house the perfect clean. Work from bottom to top, taking a small section at a time and using a downward angle. Once complete, leave for up to two days and using your power washer or hose, rinse using only water.
If possible, repair damaged surfaces and remove loose paint before you begin adding colour to your house. Fill cracks and gaps around windows or doors and paint your window sills, plinth and coins with a primer. Wait for this primer to dry,usually 24 hours. Primer provides a good foundation for the paint and will help it to last longer, as it provides extra protection from our Irish weather.
If you are painting a new build (new plaster or house which hasn’t been painted before) you will need to thin out your paint with a little water for sealing. The second coat doesn’t need to be watered down. Cover the area around your home with drop cloths, to prevent paint from getting everywhere.
Whether you use a brush, roller or paint sprayer to paint your house is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Each method has its benefits - using a brush gives you greater control over the painting, using a roller makes the job more efficient, and using a paint sprayer will provide heavier coverage.
Paint the trim last as this gets the bulk of the work out of the way, and also speeds up the process as you won't need to switch between colours. Apply a second coat. Once you have waited the recommended amount of time for the paint to dry, you should consider applying a second coat.
A second coat will even out the paint and provide more protective coverage for your home. It will help the finished product to look better and last longer.
As most windows are now PVC you will need to cover windows and sills with blue film. If you have pre-case concrete, just prime.
A few extra tips.
Calculate amount needed. We can help you with this. Just estimate the size of your house and we can do the rest.
You can pop in store and chat to one of our paint experts for a free colour consultation and any other advice you feel you may need. Don't forget to send us your Eircode/Postcode or a picture of your house.