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 West 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 West 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.
Painting and Decorating Tips
How many of you have ever wanted to have a go at cement rendering a wall at home, or even creating a feature wall? Well my name is Christopher and I have been a solid plasterer now for about 40 years. First I will start by explaining to you what you will need to begin.
The materials you will need are basically sand and cement. The sand is called plastering sand, and don't get it confused with what brick layer's use. That sand is commonly called brickies loam, which is too fine for what we want it for. Plastering sand is courser than brickies loam and finer than river sand.
The standard mix is generally 3:1, which means 3 parts sand to 1 part cement, usually measured out by the shovel. Now the other ingredient you will need is a liquid that goes into the water mix to push air into the mix to make it more easy and spreadable to use.
Here in Australia we have a few product's which do this. One is a clear liquid that does exactly what I've just explained. Usually you use I cap into the mix. Now a standard mix in a cement mixer is usually 9:3, 9 shovels of sand to 3 shovels of cement. And don't forget to add 1 cap to the mix.
Also you can use detergent which gives you the same result.
So now we know what material we need to make up a batch of compo. Compo is short for composition, so this batch of your mix is composed of these 3 ingredient's. Now the best way to mix these 3 ingredient's together is in a cement mixer. Just put about 6 pint's of water in the mixer and start adding the sand and cement bit by bit.
Usually 3 shovels of sand then 1 of cement and repeat this twice more. So now you have your batch of compo mixing in the cement mixer. You need the mix to be not too stiff and not too wet, a bit like when you make mashed potato, but a little bit stiffer. You see what we want is a mix that is easy to spread over the brick work and get it as flat as we can.
Now remember do not make the mix too wet as this weakens it. If you do make it too wet be sure to add more sand and cement to the mix to make it up to the 3:1 mix. If you throw in an extra shovel of sand, you have to throw in 1/3 of a shovel of cement. Now we can tip the mix out of the mixer and into a wheel barrow.
The tools that you need for applying the compo to the wall are a # 1. hawk, this is like a small flat board with a handle under it, we put our compo on this board and then with a trowel we trowel it on to the wall we are rendering. #2. As just mentioned we also need a trowel #3 we need a float usually made of timber with a flat side, this is what we use to float the wall up to a flat finish.
#4. we need a sponge, now you can buy these from any trade center or even hardware stores. It looks like a float but it has sponge stuck to the base plate and this is what we use after we have floated the wall up to achieve a flat sandy surface. #5 you will also need a straight edge to rule the wall off. Years ago the straight edge was made out of timber and still are, but I use a metal straight edge now.
So now we can start laying on the wall we are going to render. Usually if you are right hand you start from the right and go to the left. Opposite if your left hand. Lay the compo on to the wall with an even thickness, and try to get it as flat as possible. This will help when you start the finishing stage. So once all the wall is covered with our compo, we use the straight edge to gently rule the wall off and making it flat and straight.
The area of the wall the straight edge does not touch, is called a slack and has to be filled in again. Then with the straight edge you rule off the slacks on the wall to get a flat surface. Now that the wall has been ruled off it is now ready to float the wall up. Gently start with the float rubbing the wall up. You will see what I mean when you start using the float on the wall, that it will pull the sand and cement all together and it will fill in any holes and blemish.
If the wall has gone a bit dry when you start floating, just throw a little water on to the wall with a brush. This will bring life back into the compo so you can finish floating your wall up. Some times the brick work you are rendering will suck all the moisture out of the compo, hence you need that brush to continually wet the surface while you are floating. You will get the feel of the wall as you continue. If the wall is going off (a term used when its drying too quick) then you
will have to sponge the wall as you go. Sponge the wall in a circular motion until all scratch marks have disappeared. Continue doing this to the whole wall until you have a flat sandy surface. This is the finish that we want.
Don't be alarmed if your wall is going off too quickly, like I said that brush of water will bring it back. Just do a section at a time starting again from where you first started laying on the wall. Now regards painting cement render you are supposed to wait 28 days for the cement to cure but there are primers available to use on render that is 3 days old. Just talk to your paint shop and they will tell you what is available.
So I hope this article is helpful to you if you decide to try cement rendering a wall at your house, and remember just take your time and go step by step as I have explained and you will finish that wall.
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