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D.I.Y Exterior House Painting: Will It Save Me Money?

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If the exterior of your home is looking a little tired, you may decide the time has come to give it a fresh coat of paint.

This will be beneficial in lots of ways, including: protecting the walls from damp, mildew, cracks and other damage, whilst also freshening up the look of your home, and improving its overall value.

With all of these benefits, you won’t want to put off this job – but you may not be able to afford to have a professional do the job on your behalf. 

To have the average home painted, it can cost around £2,000, plus the cost of a scaffold if required. This is a significant sum, and can be reduced down to around £500 if you choose to do the work yourself.

Admittedly, a DIY job may take much longer, but with the right advice and preparation, there is no reason not to have a final result that looks every bit as good as the professional job-although it will take considerable time, so bear this in mind as well.

Our hints and tips on doing a great DIY exterior house painting job will point you in the right direction, and ensure your house painting looks great and lasts the distance.

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Although scaffolding will add to the overall cost, you can't put a price on safety-and if your house is several storeys in height, you're more than likely to need it

D.I.Y Exterior House Painting: Spotlight On Safety

Painting your home takes time and you do not want to rush or take risks. For that reason, investing in scaffolding and good safety equipment is essential. That way you can concentrate on the task at hand, knowing you are safe and sound from the get go.

The scaffold may be the more expensive part of the job, but you can use it to fix your guttering, clear out your gutters, and inspect your windows at the same time.

You should also pay particular attention to the placement of your ladder. Before you begin, ensure that it's on solid, stable ground, with no signs of tilting. If you're using an extension ladder, at least 3 rungs should be overlapping for stability.

One word of warning: you should not, under any circumstance, attempt this project without an additional pair of hands. A neighbour of family friend will be able to hold the ladder steady as you climb; not to mention the fact that an additional pair of eyes can prove invaluable during application.

Another key consideration regarding safety is whether scaffolding should be put into place. It all depends on the height of your house; for low level bungalows, this is probably unnecessary. However, for houses with more than one storey, scaffolding is a mandatory requirement.

Of course, this will add to the overall cost, but at the end of the day, you can't put a price on safety-it's not worth taking the risk.

Use The Correct Equipment

You should have everything you need right at the start of the job. A typical outside painting job will require the following:

● A jet washer ( you can hire one)
● Plenty of dust sheets, masking tape, plastic film etc
● A good sharp scraper and sharpener – you may get two different sizes for larger and smaller areas
● Sandpaper and electric sanders
● Rollers suitable for the surface you are painting and trays for the paint
● Different sized brushes – buy good quality ones so the bristles don’t fall out
● A paint sprayer if you are confident in using one. These can be hired
● Ladders if you are not using scaffolding
● Various tools for removing wall furniture, such as downpipes or lighting
● Old clothes and white spirit for washing
● All the paint you need…

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By applying Properla paint after repairing damaged bricks, you can't rest assured that such problems won't resurface at a later date

D.I.Y Exterior House Painting: The Process

Step 1: Start With A Wash

The first step is to give your home a good clean. The jet washer is a great way to do this and will remove much of the flaking paint at the same time as the dirt. Once you have covered the entire house with the jet washer you need to let it dry completely.

Exposing the walls in this way will also allow you to see damp spots that won’t dry. These will be caused by external factors like holes in the walls or cracks in masonry. Remember that those flakes of paint should not be washed away as they could contain lead. Try to catch them and dispose of them carefully.

Step 2: Fix Any Damage

If you now notice that there are cracks, holes, or damage of any kind, you should fix such issues before you begin.

Take note of rotten wood that might need cutting away and refilling, cracks that need to be filled, and holes where water might seep in. Be thorough, as water can be the start of bigger problems later on.

Another common concern among homeowners is how to repair damaged bricks. Once a brick is broken, the potential for damage increases; if left unaddressed long-term, your interior plasterboard will be affected, with damp patches starting to appear.

In most cases, the bricks will need to be removed and replaced, which will obviously add to the cost. However, if you apply a masonry coating, such as Properla, after repairing the damage, you can rest assured that such problems won't resurface at a later date.

Step 3: Scrape And Sand

Use your scraper to remove any residual paint, and then sand down areas to the bare wood. The aim to have a smooth surface for the best paint adhesion.

Paint that doesn’t stick will cause problems later on, with cracking, peeling, and bubbling of the paint surface.

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Although one of the quickest methods of applying paint, spraying can be a tricky skill to master. As a result, most people will turn to the trusty roller and paint brush option

Step 4: Cover Everything

Now the preparation for the painting can begin. Take your time and cover everything that doesn’t need to painted. This might include pipe work, light fixtures, window frames and windows etc.

Use a good quality film to cover everything, and then you can relax knowing that the final result will be perfect, and you won’t need to scrape off any overspill.

Step 5: Spray, Roll Or Brush

Spraying is by far the quickest method of applying paint, but it can be a tricky skill to master. If you are confident, you may wish to use this method, but most people will turn to the trusty roller and paint brush option.

It is always better to do thin coats, allow them to dry, and then apply another coat. This prevent runs, and will ensure the correct drying time.

Never paint over an area that is wet or damp. This is storing up problems for the future. Allow it to dry, and then do that section. Always take your time to get the very best finish. This means cutting in corners by hand, hand painting window sills and pipes, and using plenty of tape for crisp finishes.

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To ensure the success of your paint project, choosing the right type is crucial. For long-term property protection, waterproof paint is the best option on offer

D.I.Y Exterior House Painting: 5 Top Tips

● Use primer if the paint you are using recommends it.
● Paint when it is cloudy – this slows down the drying time, and helps to prevent peeling and cracking of the paint.
● Avoid painting when it has just been raining, or is likely to rain, to prevent surfactant leaching. This is caused by excess moisture affecting the curing process.
● Choose the right paint for the job. Don’t skimp on the paint. A waterproof paint is one of the best options.
● Start at the top of the house, and work your way down.

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Exterior Masonry Paint: What Are My Options?

So...you've sorted out safety, prioritised the prepwork-and now it's time for the fun part: choosing your masonry paint. Like most products these days, the range of options on offer is truly staggering.

From textured paints, to stunningly smooth coatings for your home, the choices on the market today ensure that you will easily find a paint type that accommodates your personal preference-as well as the specific needs of your home.

Colour will also play its part in determining your decision. One popular type of masonry paint among property owners is Properla-a product where the old adage that 'looks can be deceptive' definitely rings true.

Despite its whitish hue when applied, the product is completely clear when dry, providing your brickwork with premium protection against the elements-without compromising your masonry's aesthetics.

Still pondering over paint types? Purchase a couple of tester pots beforehand. This will give you the opportunity to try out potential paint colours at different times of the day, and gain a better understanding of how each shade's appearance changes from morning to evening. Perfect!

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Hydrophobic paint will keep your home cleaner for longer, removing the need for ongoing maintenance-and the costly repairs that go with it!

Hydrophobic Paints: Providing Premium Property Protection

As mentioned above, moisture can be the death knell to your paint job. A sodden wall will not hold onto paint, the drying and curing process will be affected, and the result will be cracking, bubbling, leaching and peeling. You really don’t want any of this.

Not to mention the damage that water can do to you walls, including: mould, ruined insulation and ongoing problems with masonry cracks and rotten wood.

A hydrophobic paint or masonry coating can be a lifesaver, and will offer a long term solution to problems of damp and water on your exterior walls. These paints are waterproof, and yet they are still fully breathable too.

This means that water already trapped in the walls can be allowed to escape and dry out – even after they have been painted over. This much reduces issues with peeling and cracking paint.

For masonry, you can choose a coating that is entirely clear, yet offers a good coverage to protect from water leaching into the brickwork. This way your brickwork will not be covered by paint and the look of your traditional home can be preserved. This is also perfect for outbuildings and brick walls.

Hydrophobic paint will also keep your home cleaner as water and dirt simply runs off. But best of all is how long these paints last. You can be looking at a paint job that will not need redoing for upwards of 15 years.

This is amazing when you are used to painting your home at least every year or two. Your home is protected, and looks great too.

These paints are best applied by a professional, but with the right preparation, you can do it yourself. Just remember to take the advice above for the best results.

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