The outside painting of your home is a significant project, but the results are well worth the effort. The glorious sunshine that we get here in Spain can wreak havoc on the exterior of your home if it is not properly kept and so houses in Spain require a lot of TLC to remain in pristine shape. A really professional “paint job,” on the other hand, not only improves the beauty of your villa but also safeguards what is most likely your single largest investment.
If you want to sell your property, it goes without saying that improving the curb appeal of your home by giving it a new coat of paint is one of the most significant things you can do.
Traditionally, Spanish homes were painted with cal, a lime wash that was milky or watery and enabled the walls to “breathe.” cal was applied with a brush. A great many of traditional painters continue to believe that the brilliant white of CAL can’t be surpassed! On the other hand, we now have contemporary latex paints (plasticos) that are of a very high quality, are kind to the environment, maintain their breathability, and give a robust resistance to fungus and algae.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really skilled professionals who paint villas, and I’ve also painted my own house a few times. Here is a helpful list of the top ten ideas for exterior house painting in Spain that you can use to preserve your lovely Spanish home in pristine shape, regardless of whether you want to do it yourself or hire experts. Also, keep in mind that we DO NOT have to worry about the weather interfering with play for approximately one third of the 365 days in a year. How lucky are we?!
Create a list because there is nothing more frustrating than getting started on a house painting project only to realise that you neglected a crucial component of the job. You can guarantee that you have all of the necessary ingredients by using a list. Take, for instance:
Paint of a high quality is readily available in Spain under a variety of well-known brand names, including Valaentines, Titan, Bupisa, Amarto, Bruguer, Decolor, Juno, Behr, and Procolor, to name just a few.
rollers that are suitable (the heavier they are, the better! They can accommodate more paint)
- Extendable pole
- Ladders (in good condition and sturdy)
- Brushes (in various sizes, angled brushes are super for cutting in and those all important straight lines)
- Masking tape (exterior quality) The blue exterior tape from Tesa.com, which can be purchased online, is of high quality.
- Bucket for painting
- Covering for protection, such as drop cloths, plastic sheets, and cardboard.
- appropriate attire and headgear
- Baby wipes have a wide variety of applications for artists.
- Cloths made of microfiber are a must-have for every painting project you undertake.
- Fillers and caulk of a satisfactory grade (for exteriors, paintable and suitable for the width and depth of repair)
- Tools for scraping (clean ones! Any leftover fillers or other materials might cause additional harm to your wall surface.
Before you paint, make sure the wall is clean! If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, brooms soaked in soapy water in a bucket can work just as well in a pinch. If the area is not wiped up first, mildew and algae will grow under the new paint, which will prevent the paint from sticking correctly. The surface is often best prepared for painting by first applying a sealant layer referred to as fondo.
Remove any stray paint while working in a safe environment and while wearing a disposable mask.
Fill and repair – check with your paint supplier to see which filler should be used where, and if it is difficult to explain, take pictures of any rough places to show them. Caulk for the outside should be able to be painted and should have some degree of flexibility.
Purchase paint of the HIGHEST QUALITY that your budget will allow. A paint of higher grade is easier to apply, has a greater coverage, and lasts longer. You can get assistance from the paint shop in selecting the VERY BEST paint for the surface you’re working on as well as determining the quantity of paint you’ll want. Having trouble with the meterage? They will figure it out for you if you take images on your phone and send them to them. Investing in good rollers and brushes is also beneficial since it allows you to cover more areas more quickly and maintains the “wet edge” for a longer period of time.
Take the time to read the directions! It is definitely in your best interest to read the fine print! Paint manufacturers would have carefully studied how much to dilute their products and the best way to do it with their own brands to get the best possible results. Get your magnifying glass ready, or go online and study the related technical data sheet for each brand, since there WILL be tiny variances between them (ficha technica) The ‘translate’ option may be found in the drop-down menus of the majority of the main brands. PLEASE Don’t dilute it too much, and don’t forget to stir it!
Stay out of the strong sunshine! Begin in the shade since the heat dries paint more rapidly and might make you feel sick more quickly. Put on a cap, have some water close by, and think about getting a head start so you can wrap things up before the temperature really starts to soar in the middle of the day. You can save some of your energy so that you can continue to move ladders and wield the paint pole if you stay out of the sun. Build Works Orihuela Costa
When it comes to ladders, you want to be sure they are sturdy, sufficiently long, and in good shape. Be careful not to overextend yourself; it is preferable to climb down and move your ladder than to risk having an accident. If you want to be safe on a ladder, a good rule of thumb is to keep your hips inside the width of the ladder. Are you starting to feel the affects of the sun? DON’T go up a ladder.
Put your brushes and rollers in plastic bags in between usage to avoid wasting time cleaning them when they aren’t essential. You can even store them in the refrigerator overnight. Perform each task in about 1 metre square increments at a time. When you are painting, your roller should make a crinkly sound; if it starts to lose that sound, you need to reload it with paint.
Work your way down from the top, starting with the larger sections, and leave the details for the end. Work in an area that is not too large for you to handle so that you can avoid making lap marks and check for drips and sags as you go. It is important to plan out what you can fairly accomplish in the time that you have allocated for each session BEFORE you begin working on that particular task.
Hola! Here are five good reasons to have a professional paint the outside of your Spanish home, whether you are a native Spanish speaker or an expat residing in Spain.
Spend little? Pay twice
Because we have experience working in Spain, we are aware of the significant differences that arise when painting or repairing a Spanish home as opposed to a home in the United Kingdom or Ireland. As a result, we have decided to share some of our “conocimiento” (knowledge) with you.
Our company was established way back in 1986, and since then, it has been operated continuously by the same two families. Build Works Cabo Roig
We continue to go from strength to strength because we do what we do well, we take care of our customers, and we operate in a manner that is both professional and punctual no matter where in Europe we are.
Because we offer our service in Spain, if you own a home there, regardless of whether you live there full time or just go there for vacations, you can now take advantage of the numerous advantages that come with having a real wall coating on your home thanks to the fact that we offer our service there.