There can be various reasons you feel like a new coat of paint is necessary. You could be bored with the old colour on your house and simply want a fresh and contemporary coating. Perhaps the facade is heavily soiled and has already fallen victim to the weather, or is stained and dirty for other reasons. These may be signs that it’s time to say goodbye to the old, and give your home a new coat of paint. You could also be placing the first coat of paint on a newly built house. In any case, you should reach for your brush and get ready. Below you can find what you'll need and a short step-by-step guide on how to proceed.
Before you can start painting, there are two decisions you need to make regarding the product you’ll use:
The first step is to determine the colour you want to paint your house. You should consider whether the entire wall should be painted in one colour or whether you want to add a complementary colour to the frame around the windows and doors. There are also various other colour techniques that you can use to give your house a unique look. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to just start painting. You must take certain guidelines into account in your decision-making process. You will find these either in the development plan, the design statutes of your municipality, the building code or the state building code. In any case, play it safe and check the specifications contained therein. It is best to involve your municipality in the decision. After all, they will ultimately decide whether the colour of your house facade fits in with the townscape.
If your house plaster consists of a mineral surface, you should choose a silicate paint. For a matt finish, a polymer resin paint is more suitable, and for something cheap and easy to use, your best bet is a dispersion paint. Of course, there are other choices available such as lime paint, casein paint or lotus paint. And then you need to think about weatherproofing your walls. Finding the perfect weatherproof wall paint depends on what surface material your walls are made of.
After you have selected your colour, you can start with the actual procedure. There are six steps you need to follow to reach your goal:
It is important to note whether the facade has a sufficient load-bearing capacity. If there are defects, for example, recognisable by loose plaster or small cracks, you must repair these before starting your work.
The entire surface must be thoroughly cleaned before primer and paint can be applied.
Before you start painting, it is important to cover places such as windows or doors with a film to prevent staining them with paint.
Before painting, you must decide whether a primer is necessary. To do this, test how absorbent the wall is. A simple wet sponge will help you get the job done. If the absorbance rate is high, a primer is essential.
After you have gone through the first four steps, you can finally start painting.
For the first coat, use paint diluted with water, as this penetrates deeper into the facade and the final coat adheres better as a result. Use brushes for the first coat of paint to reach the corners under windows and the angles under eaves. When the paint has dried, repeat the painting a second time and allow the paint to dry sufficiently.
As soon as the two coats of paint are dry, you can start the final coat and apply the undiluted facade paint. To achieve maximum coverage, use this special painting technique:
Start with your paint roller on the area to be painted with a vertical path, then a horizontal path and finally another vertical path. These steps follow directly one after the other and are repeated over the entire facade of the house. This method of painting ensures that every part of the facade is evenly covered with paint.
Doesn't sound so complicated, does it? Painting a house facade is certainly one of the more time-consuming tasks to do yourself, but once you have finished, the result is all the more satisfying. Enjoy the sight of the new facade! If you're worried about how to get the whole area, read on to find out.
It is not always easy to get to every part of a house facade. Parts can be difficult to access due to the height. However, we at Hailo specialise at making it easier for you to paint at different heights. With a maximum working height of 4.33 m, painting your facade with our practical Hailo G60 multifunctional scaffold is easy and, above all, safe. Incidentally, it can also be used as a ladder, so you can work safely above ground. Curious? Then read more about the product that makes it easier for you to paint your facade.
The working platform of the aluminium multifunctional scaffold with a circumferential guardrail makes safe working clearance possible.
Access hatches in the working platform allow easy and safe ascent and descent within the scaffold.
For easy, safe and fast repositioning or moving of the scaffolding.
Use as a single and double ladder, as a small scaffold for indoor and outdoor use, or as a working platform.
This provides a stable and safe footing even if two levels are at different heights (use on landings and stairs).