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.