Remember, everyone starts as a beginner at painting. Just because you have never painted a house doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. The money you save by painting your own house in North East is money you can put into other home improvements. It can also be a fun thing for the whole family to do.
Choose the project closest to yours. Get started and you will soon know what color you want to paint your house and you’ll have a vision of what it is going to look like when you’re finished.
Here are some of the basics. Of course the first thing you need to do is wash down the walls of your house. A pressure washer can be rented at almost any rental yard in North East and is the best way to do that. Now go around with a scraper and remove all loose paint and chipped areas. You don’t have to scrape the entire wall, but any areas where the surface is not flat can cause you problems as you paint your house.
Next, figure out your square footage so you can determine the amount of paint you will need to buy. Buy your paint in 5-gallon pails, rather than gallons to save more money.
Talk to the helper at your local paint store and tell him about your project. They can help you decide on how many brushes and rollers and other items you will need. You can buy natural or synthetic bristles for oil based paints, but only use synthetic bristles with latex paint. The same rule applies to rollers. Good rollers can run you around $7, but buy high-quality paintbrushes. A good brush for cutting in around edges will run you about $30.
Make sure you purchased some painter’s tape. It’s blue tape that comes in different widths and is easy to remove without messing up your paint job. That brings us to preparation. Tape off all areas you don’t wish to get this color of paint on. If there are large areas to cover, make sure you pick up some rolls of plastic. You can tape the edges of the plastic down over whatever you need to cover.
Don’t paint out of the paint cans. First reason is that leaving the paint can open will dry out the paint and make it difficult to apply. Another reason is that your brush or roller picks up dirt and foreign objects, which will end up in your paint and may even change the color as you go along.
Do all of your cutting or trimming in before you paint the walls. Use a 4″ brush and with a smooth stroke guide it around the edges where you taped off. Make sure you have plenty of paint on your brush. The biggest mistake people make is trying to stretch the paint too far. Keep drips cleaned up as you go with a small rag. Remember you will be rolling up to the edge of your cut, so don’t worry about that, just make sure you cover the edges well.
Start on the edges of your walls and work your way toward the middle. Most people don’t do this and problems can result. If you start and new can of paint in the middle of the wall and there is any difference in the color at all, it will show up there more than it would on the edges. So with each new can of paint you open, start at the edges first.
Dip your roller in water (for Latex) or solvent (for oil-based paint), before you start. Whether you use a pan or a 5-gallon bucket with a screen, make sure you roll it out a little to make sure it isn’t dripping. You don’t need to go all the way from the top to the bottom as you paint. Do what you can reach.
Apply the paint in a Y or an N pattern, then apply paint in columns up and down smoothing out all the edges or ridges as you go. Again don’t try to stretch the paint out, make sure you have enough paint on your roller to give it a good coat. If you are applying more than one coat, make sure the first coat is completely dry before applying a new coat of paint.
Corners are a difficult part to learn to paint. If you aren’t careful, this is where you will see paint drips later. Get as close to corners as you can, but don’t scrape the roller against the corner. That will cause drips. If you are unsure, have a paintbrush handy to smooth out drips. That is also a good idea overall. Keep a paintbrush ready for taking care of any drips or ridges you leave behind. Doing this as you go is much easier than trying to fix it after it’s dry or partially dry.
Using tray liners for your paint trays will save you a lot of time at cleanup. Soak your brushes when done for awhile and they will also be easier to clean. For water based paint, soak in water and for oil based paint soak them in solvent.
I hope some of these tips have been helpful to you. Have confidence that you can do this job yourself. You will appreciate and enjoy it much more knowing that you or you and your family completed the job rather than hiring someone else to do it.
We should always learn from mistakes, ether by our own, or the misfortunes of others. These ten questions will limit the chance of ever repeating the same mistake twice. Decorating a home is an enjoyable experience its a time for change, and the opportunity to create new family memories.
Plastering Business Opportunities
If you have the right approach, and use your business skills sensibly, the plastering business can be quite profitable. It is probably the easiest way to enter the construction industry since the other jobs in construction require a lot of work. Another downside to other construction jobs is that they require specific training as well as expensive tools and equipment to get the job done. Some jobs require years of work and apprenticeship before you can make it big in the industry. However, a plastering job is not like this. It is quite easy and does not require any expensive tools.
But plastering jobs do require quite a bit of effort and therefore you must be willing to do some hard work. There are a lot of plastering available nowadays thanks to the growth of the construction industry. Anyone who is fit to do hard work and is willing to work in any weather condition will definitely make it big in the plastering business. To be good at a plastering business you will need to be familiar with English and Math. Studying at a school will cost you money, so that is why working under someone as an apprentice is a better idea.
Working under someone and doing a number of plastering jobs will get you some good experience and will help you get more clients as well. The key to getting clients is good marketing. A business like approach may not work when you are starting out and the only thing that is going to get you clients is by doing a good job. Let your actions speak louder than your words. If people see you are doing a good plastering job, you will automatically start getting projects. People who see your work will start passing the word around (this is done quite a bit in the construction industry), and you will be approached by a number of people.
However, if you feel that you are not capable of getting clients, you can always join a team which works for big companies. These companies have big projects and usually require a lot of workforce for their construction jobs. A plastering team is given a contract and paid according to the work they do. It is also a better idea to work in groups as you have people to give you suggestions and tips, and ultimately the work is more fun. Working in a team not only helps you increase your skills, but also gives you a stable platform on which you can start your plastering career.
The construction industry is all about connections. You can get quite a lot of projects if you are well known in the construction business. Getting training in some other construction course will also help you increase your popularity. Plumbing is one job that is required in every construction. A course in plumbing will not only help increase your popularity, but will also help you with your plastering jobs.
The plastering job is not that pleasant, but the pay definitely is. It is a field where you can grow quite fast if your work is good. Once you learn all the tricks of the trade you can even set up your very own Plastering business.