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Exterior Painting a House: 7 Tips and Tricks for Newbies

Written by Posted On Monday, 07 October 2019 04:15

Planning an exterior painting project? If you have no experience, you might make costly mistakes here and there. This is why you need these tips and hacks.

Whether you're moving into a new house or you've been in your current one for a while, the exterior may look a little worse for wear.

A simple fix may be to throw on a new coat of paint. But if you're new to this, you may not know where or how to start.

If you've never done exterior painting for your house before but want to try, then keep reading! Here are 7 great tips and tricks for newbies so you can tackle this job yourself and save some money.

1. Wash the Exterior First

You wouldn't put on makeup without washing your face first; this is the same concept. Over time, your home's exterior has probably accumulated a lot of grime, dust, and dirt, not to mention maybe algae and mold as well. If you try to paint over all this without removing it, not only will the paint not hold as well, but also will only mask the algae and mold.

So before breaking out the paint and paintbrushes, spray down your walls with a hose. Or better yet, a pressure washer. It may be a good idea to hire a professional since you might damage the siding if you don't know how to pressure wash correctly.

To make sure all the harmful stuff is really washed away, use a phosphate-clean cleanser as well as a mildew killer. You can apply these solutions with either a sponge or just leave everything to the pro pressure washers.

2. Get Rid of Loose Paint

Once your entire house is dry from washing, take a good look all around it. If there is any loose paint, use a handheld scraper to smooth those areas out.

Don't have a handheld scraper or prefer something different? Then an infrared paint stripper or hot-air gun work too. Do not use a torch; this can start a fire in an instant, plus it's illegal to use in most places.

3. Smooth out the Surfaces

Not only should you get rid of loose paint, but you should also take care of any damages you've uncovered after washing your house's exterior down.

For rough spots, use pad sander. Or you can also use a random-orbit sander with 80-grit sandpaper. For other things, like holes, scratches, and chips, fill them up with patching putty.

After all this work, you should have a nice, even surface to paint on all over your home.

4. Choose Your Paint Carefully

You shouldn't just go out and buy the cheapest buckets of paint possible. If you don't use the right type, then you'll find it chipping and wearing off much sooner than you'd expect.

For example, if your home already has oil-based paint, unfortunately, you'll have to stick with only oil-based paints. Otherwise, you should choose water-based acrylic latex paints. These are a lot easier to use, plus they dry fast.

You'll also want to consider your finishes. In general, you'll want to choose one with a higher sheen. Higher sheens will block out UV rays more effectively.

In areas where you get high foot traffic, you'll want to choose gloss paint so it gets more protection. Otherwise, you can use satin for things like clapboards and shingles.

5. Use Both a Brush and a Roller

When looking at your options for slathering paint on, you may be debating between a brush or a roller. But the best way to paint your house exterior is to use both!

For an efficient job, use the roller to broadly apply paint all over your home's exterior. For smaller, narrower surfaces, you can then use the brush to get all the areas you've missed.

6. Plan out Your Paint Job First

You can't just go into painting the exterior of your house haphazardously. Make sure you run through a checklist first. The weather of the day will also play an important role, so choose a non-rainy or overcast day if possible.

Otherwise, if you're painting during a sunny day, you'll need to start in the shady areas. If you start in areas with direct sunlight, they'll dry too quickly, which will cause blistering in the paint. Start painting in the shadier bits and move with the sun; you may have to dedicate an entire day to painting, depending on the weather.

You'll also want to start at the top and work in a downward fashion. To ensure everything looks smooth, you'll want to paint from one wet surface to another. If that's not possible, then overlap your wet paint by a few inches on the dried part.

7. Remember to Apply a Top Coat or Two, Max

Here's another beauty analogy: just as you'd apply a top coat to your nail polish to protect it, you need to apply a top coat to your home's paint job as well. This seals the paint inside, as well as the primer. This makes it more resistant to the weather that it'll be exposed to for years to come.

Like with nail polish, you don't want to overdo it with the top coat. Usually, one layer is enough. However, if you're changing colors drastically, you might need two to do the job.

Make Exterior Painting a Cinch With These Tips

There you have it: 7 exterior painting tips for newbies. If you've been meaning to paint your house but have been putting it off because you don't have a clue what to do, there are no more excuses now.

With these helpful tips under your belt, you'll be able to paint the exterior of your home with ease. So hop to it and give your house a nice facelift with a fresh coat of paint!

If you're looking for more information about taking care of your home, then please take a look at our other articles.

Listing Additional Info

  • State: Montana
  • Address: 4984 Richison Drive
  • City: Billings
  • Zipcode: 59101
  • SOLD: no
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George cunningham

George cunningham is a residential real estate investor. he also is a licensed real estate. He enjoys sharing his thoughts on real estate topics.

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