PAINTING A FACADE - THREE STEPS FOR BETTER RESULTS

Your house facade is the first thing you see when coming home, and the first thing that other people look at. But because nothing lasts for ever, perhaps you have decided that this important first impression needs to be improved. Painting the facade can feel like a difficult project, but it's not so hard when summarised in three steps.

1. PREPARATION

Good preparations  are a precondition for successful results. The facade needs to be washed and perhaps even scraped before you can start painting. Anza's wash-down brush, extension handle and ergo-scraper will enable you to save both time and energy when preparing.

ENSURE THAT THE UNDERLYING SURFACE IS CLEAN. Before you start using a paintbrush or roller it is important that the surface be thoroughly prepared. Use rubber gloves and protective goggles. Wash the surface with paint or mould cleanser with a wash-down brush and extension handle. Let the wood dry before continuing.

SCRAPE AND PRIME THE WOODEN FACADE. Remove loose paint with a scraper. Wood that has started to rot must be replaced. If you scrape the old paint down to the bare wood, you must apply priming oil on the bare parts. Clean the heads of rusty nails and apply anticorrosive paint if you are going to use a light-coloured paint, so that they do not discolour the facade.

PROTECTIVE PLASTIC SHEETING. Before starting to paint, cover the areas that are not to be painted with plastic as protection against paint splashes. Mask windows, window sills, drainpipes and outdoor lighting attached to the facade. If you are going to use a roller, cover plants and bushes in the adjacent borders and move any motor vehicles to at least 20 metres from the house that is to be painted so as to avoid small paint spots.

2. PAINTING

Many people look forward to warm and dry weather in the spring and summer. Especially those who are going to paint a facade. Before getting started, we recommend that you buy a number of brushes and rollers so that friends and family can give you a hand.

BRUSH OR ROLLER? You can paint equally well with a brush or roller, although a roller will save you both time and energy. Try the Platinum Outdoor Roller Set, which contains a frame that can be angled as well as two 7 cm Platinum Wistex maxi-rollers for large areas, and a mini-roller with mini-frame for smaller areas. You will also need a Platinum Long Angled Brush for surfaces you cannot reach with a roller.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BRUSH. When painting a facade with a brush, you will need two kinds: a wide outdoor brush that takes up a lot of paint so as to avoid dipping too often, and an angled brush with a long handle for surfaces that are difficult to reach. A useful tip is to choose a width of outdoor brush that is the same as the width of the facade's panels. If the panels are about 100 mm wide, choose a 100 mm outdoor brush that covers the whole panel-width so as to make your work easier and faster. Do not forget a bucket holder so that you can hang the paint tin on the ladder.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROLLER. When working with thin glaze, you should use a Platinum Antex roller. For rough plaster surfaces, use a stronger roller with long nap such as a Platinum Wistex maxi-roller. Remember that there will be more paint splashes the longer the nap of the roller.

MAKE WORK EASIER. Use both a short extension handle and a long extension handle for your roller frame and/or brush so as to avoid climbing up scaffolding, ladders or trestles so often, and to work more safely. You can also reach further up, which makes the task easier while saving your back and shoulders.

USE THE SAME KIND OF PAINT. When repainting, you should as a rule use the same kind of paint previously used on the facade. Read the paint manufacturer's instructions on the tin.

SUN AND HEAT? NO THANKS! Do not paint a warm surface or in direct sunlight, because the paint will dry too quickly and not have time to take a real grip. The surface will subsequently become wrinkled and the facade will be less well protected.

PANEL EDGES. New panel boarding will shrink. Paint the panel once before mounting so as to avoid unpainted edges when it has dried.

PAINT SPLASHES. If paint-splashes of a different colour come onto other surfaces, they must be wiped away immediately. It's very practical to always have a few cloths handy.

CASINGS AND CORNER-POSTS. Paint the facade before you paint casings and corner-posts with a different colour. Exceptions are bargeboards and roof-projections where a different coloured paint could drip down onto the facade.

DO NOT BE STINGY WITH PAINT. Use your paint flowingly, and work the paint well with a brush or roller.

AN IMPORTANT RULE FOR GLAZE. Glaze must be painted from below and upwards, one slat at a time in the whole length. If you overlap when painting, darker and disfigured patches will arise when the paint dries.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR TOOLS. Time for a break or some sleep? Enclose the roller or brush in an airtight plastic bag. Or clean them if you plan on taking a longer break.

 

3. MAINTENANCE

You can keep the facade in good condition and increase the useful life of your painting by washing the facade each year.

WASHING AND MAINTENANCE. You should clean the facade each year so as to keep it in good condition. Take the opportunity to see if there are any surfaces that need to be repainted or improved. Use the wash-down brush with extension handle so as to reach all areas.