This is the start of a series of tutorials to give you the confidence to tackle different DIY jobs yourselves. It is a great way to save money and get the end result you want. You will also feel damn proud of what you have achieved with a just a bit of hard graft!
OK, so let's get stated.....I talked to you a bit about colour choice for exteriors in my last post now we are going to do the actual painting and the most important thing is.... the word we all hate....PREPARATION.... yes I know it is boring but let me tell you, it is a lot more boring to scrape back a freshly painted surface and start again because the paint is pealing! Now I am not a professional painter but I have done a LOT of painting so you are getting advice from an experienced DIYer.
PRE-PAINTED EXTERIOR WALLS
Wash down the surfaces, I often use an old broom in a mop bucket with water with some household bleach added about 1 part bleach to 3 parts water (make sure you wear protective glasses, rubber gloves and old clothes). Leave it for about 5 minutes .This will kill off any mould.
I then hose this down to rinse off, You could also use a pressure washer but it is a lot more time consuming.
Check if there is any peeling or blistered paint, this must be scraped back and sanded. Holes will need to be filled with an exterior filler.
Allow the walls to dry, wipe your hands over the dry surface and see if your hands are covered in a dusty white film, this is called chalking and it is important that you use a binder to seal the surface to allow the new paint to stick to it. I use Bondcrete diluted 1 part to 10 parts water, and use my good all broom again, because it is fast (make sure you rinse it off afterwards otherwise you will have a very stiff brush!!)
Now you are ready to paint. Make sure that the surface is not too hot to paint, work on the shaded side of the house and follow the shade around. Use a good quality exterior paint....you want it to last at least 10 years since you have gone to all that trouble with your preparation!!! Most good quality paint has sunscreen in it to protect it from years under the baking sun, believe me it is worth the extra cost.
Make sure you paint two good coats of paint, I tend to use both a roller and a brush at the same time if I am painting brick or render. The brush is needed for those tight spaces and in the case of brickwork often the the raked joints (the morter lines between the bricks) are too deep in places for the roller.
WORDS OF CAUTION
Please be aware of safety issues when you use ladders, I have actually fallen off ladders a couple of times, and just pure luck that I didn't break anything (beside my pride!!!). Usually it was tiredness that made me careless. One of my houses I was painting the exterior (it was a big house) and my baby was only 3 months old at the time but I was determined to do it, so every time I put her down for a sleep I would rush out side to get in another couple of hours of
sleep painting but at times I think I was painting in my sleep! One weary day I stepped back to admire my work, the only trouble I was at the top of the ladder at the time!!! Fortunately I wasn't that high and landed in the bushes with the paint landing on top of me....I had to laugh (in between checking for broken bones) it was a bit like an old slapstick comedy!
Next DIY post will be on painting windows.