If you are planning on painting your house, you should know that some exteriors of houses, such as brick, pebbledash and tyrolean, are often very tricky to paint and if the external painting process needs repeating each year, time, and money spent, become major issues.
Never paint again has dispensed DIY and trade advice since 1999 on the internet and we thought it was time that instead of telling you how to paint your house, we tell you how our teams paint your house, as the process is somewhat involved, and would explain why an exterior wall coating cost a bit more than masonry paint, but you get a heck of a lot more for your money!
It’s the same every year: The decorator (Dangerous Darren) pulls up outside your house (probably after coming out of the dole office) ready to paint the walls of your house every year, the same time.
“He’s a cheery fellow and is never too much trouble, and he’s cheap. “
WARNING! If your house is worth, for example, £200,000, why would you want the CHEAPEST painting job to go on it?
Painting your house
It needs to be done each year, and your painter won’t do any repairs, he will just paint over last years cheap stuff he bought from “Mad Mike” a bald bloke he knows from prison, who is always down at the local car boot sale.
This may seem a bit far fetched but it’s closer to truth than you think, and after 25 years in the trade, we have seen this thing time and time again.
I always say that if you pay cheap, you pay twice, and no it is not something I always write to convince people they want something expensive, it is good advice which should be taken, whether you are a client of ours or not.
If I was lucky enough to own a Ferrari or Bentley that was worth £200,000 and it need a repair to the paintwork, would I take it to a professional or would I use the cheapest backstreet garage I could find?
Of course I would pay more because the car would be of tremendous value to me, just as your home is valuable to you, so why pay cheap?
This is how painting the house SHOULD BE done….
Step one: Appraisal of your walls.
The first thing we do, at the survey stage, and the first thing a PROFESSIONAL decorator does is to ascertain what, exactly, needs to be done to the walls of the house.
This also of course involves a degree of measuring so that the painter or wall coating crew know exactly the amount of paint or coating products to order from the factory.
This is a good time to speak to the contractor, to run through any points in greater detail, and to make sure that what is on the contract is what the customer expects.
We also look at added elements of the job that may need doing such as painting a front door, or replacing wooden fascias with upvc ones; it just depends on what the client wants.
Step two: Carry out repairs.
A pro painter will then get straight to work (after a nice cup of tea of course) and will offload from the van the tools and general “stuff” they need to commence the job, also unloading ladders and various other things to start.
The wall coating expert knows form the survey what needs to be done but nothing is left to chance so the workman gets started tapping the walls to see if there is any hollow pebbledash or loose render.
Bad brick mortar joints and replaced, hollow render is re-done to a smooth finish and all cracks are hacked out and filled with a special epoxy resin mortar.
Step three: Protection and preparation
Once the team have a clearer picture of the things that need to be done to the house, the property is power washed, removing any green mould growth and flaking paint. If your home is brick, this will also reveal any loose bits of pointing that may have been missed the first time around.
Then to avoid mess, dust sheets are placed around the house, bushes and trees and covered with old sheets, and the windows, doors and pipes are masked up. This also sometimes includes masking up the soffits, fascias and gutters to.
Step four: Apply stabiliser
No 2 houses are ever the same for us, and walls of render and often far easier for us than rougher walls such as tyrolean, brick or pebbledash, which require a bonding primer to applied to them before anything else is done. This is especially good on pebbledashed walls because most dashed houses are extremely difficult to paint and the bonding primer helps to “smooth out” ever so slightly, the texture on the wall, meaning that it will take less paint to do the house.
This is then allowed to dry.
Step five: Apply Primer
This house as you can see is brick. We painted the bonding primer to the brick, sealing any loose pointing and giving the wall a good “key” to accept further coating treatment such as in the image showing one of our team applying a waterproof primer to the walls.
On some walls that are in very poor condition, sometimes 2 coats of primer may be used.
Once this dries, we then move to the crucial stage, the applying of our exterior masonry wall coatings.
Step six: Apply NEVER PAINT AGAIN exterior wall coating
The final part of our method is the quickest because we have spent most of the time on the job doing the repairs and applying the 2 primer coats. Once the spray machine is up and running, the experienced coating crew leader can get the coating onto the walls in no time at all.
Once the wall coating is on the wall, no more painting is needed for up to 20 years!
This wall covering will NOT fade, crack or peel, and that comes with a 15 year insurance backed warranty from the contractor.
To find out how we can paint your house using the 6 stage method, call us on (0800) 970 4928 or simply send the team an email here.
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