4 tips to follow when painting facades

By accessibleproperty

January 22, 2021

Painting a facade on your own can be challenging. However, if you stick to the tips below and avoid making certain mistakes, you will end up with a good-looking and durable result.

When the Covid-19 has made us stay at home, many decided to roll up their sleeves and finally take care of the projects they have been postponing for so long. That, in most cases, meant renovation. 

As the pandemic has partially frozen the services sector, some decided to do it by themselves. No wonder why - the strict measures would not allow the professional teams to enter the houses. Meanwhile, people have started to get impatient, which lead to the launch of many renovation projects. Which, without the support of professionals, can end up pretty nasty! But it doesn't have to if only you avoid the most common mistakes listed below. Check how to paint your facade with a satisfying result.

#1 Examine your facade before launching works

In the case of cooperation with the professional team, that would be the thing they'd start from. The examination is essential, particularly when it comes to older buildings. It may turn out that scraping off the paint is not enough.

In some cases, there is also a need for taking off the plaster or an additional layer of paint. Some paints used in the previous decades contain an alarming level of toxic substances that shouldn't be applied near residential buildings due to their harmful influence on health.

#2 Clean the surfaces before painting

Without thorough cleaning, it makes no sense to start painting at all. The paint will not stick to a dirty surface, and thus, the visual effect will be neither satisfactory nor durable. Remember that the wall has to dry up entirely before applying any products such as paint or primer.

#3 Scrape and sand the peeling paint

Without it, the layer of fresh paint will be visibly irregular and have an unpleasant texture. Not to mention that covering your wall without scraping and sanding will lower the durability. The layer can quickly start to crack and peel off. 

#4 Never omit the primer

Using it is the best way to prepare your surface for the color paint. If applied over primer, the paint will be more vivid and durable. Usually, you buy the primer separately and apply it to the adequately prepared wall before moving to painting. However, some products available on the market combine the two, making the process of painting faster and more efficient.

When renovating the facade on your own, don't rush the job - it never has a good influence on the overall effect!

Article prepared in cooperation with Ignas Limited - painter and decorator London.