Are you thinking of painting the outside of your house yourself?

If so, here are a few tips and tricks that you may find helpful.

Timing is everything
You need to always consider the environment when planning your exterior painting jobs. Consider your local weather and plan accordingly. If the weather is hot, paint can dry too quickly, making it difficult to spread evenly. If it is too cold, especially if the night temperatures drop to freezing, do not paint. Wait until the weather warms up or you will have problems. Also avoid rain and humidity. If the surfaces are damp, the paint will not stick and will peel.

Go for Quality
Always buy a quality branded product. Okay so you will pay more initially, but what you will get is more coverage from a can of paint. You will get colours that have UV protection and will last longer. Overall your finished job will look better, the job will be easier, and it will last longer than if you try to skimp on a cheaper brand.background

Take time with your preparation. Sand all surfaces to be covered and wash to be sure that there is no grease or loose materials. Then allow to dry. All peeling paint needs to be scraped with a wire brush or scraper. Paint will not adhere to peeling paint.

Remove and repair rotting wood
Paint will not stick to rotting wood, and it will only continue to rot and deteriorate, so it needs to be removed and filled. You can either replace the rotting sections, or trim away the damaged areas and fill with an exterior wood filler. Then sand and prep before painting

Get Primed
We recommend always priming any areas before painting. New paint technology has brought all in one paints to the market that promise to allow just one application to achieve the same resuld. This new paint is generally more expensive when compared to paint and primer. It may be worth considering if it cuts down on time, but a good idea is to check reviews and ask around to see if anyone in your area has used this type of material.

Box the paint Always mix smaller cans of paint together into a large 5 gallon bucket and mix together. This is called boxing, and will ensure an even colour across the whole job. This is particularly important if you bought cans of paint at different times and may have mixed batches.

Remember Gravity
Always work from top to bottom. You will inevitably get paint drips, but by working down, you can feather any drips along the way and control any streaks.12552

Seal the cans
At the end of each day, be sure to properly seal any paint containers by tightly applying the lids and closing with a rubber mallet. Another idea is to apply plastic cling film to ensure the seal is tight.

This way you will stop the paint from drying out and forming a skin, which will show and cause problems the next day. Another option is to cover with a damp cloth, this is fine for overnight protection.

Non Slip
If you are painting steps and porches, a good way to give the floor some traction is to add some grit or fine sand to the paint. Play sand is fine, or you can buy custom made additives from your paint supplier. Speaking of safety, be extra careful when working at height. Always use scaffolding or a cherry picker. Don’t trust the ladder!

Cover up Painting is always messy, so be sure to use cover sheets and protect the ground, furniture, bushes and flowers, hose reels etc. Weigh down drop cloths so they dont blow around. A few minutes of preparation here will save hours of clean up afterwards.
If all of this seems to much …….  why not give Painting Decorating Mansfield a call? We would love to have a chat to see if we can help. We are always happy to give advice, and if necessary a quote. You may possibly find the we can do the job for you in half the time and for less than you thought. Call us on 01159 365 997 or fill out the instant quote form on this page.