When you drive past a home and have the pull to stop and take a second look at its elegance, you do not just admire the home, you also appreciate the owner behind the well realized house painting project.
The exterior painting of a house reflects the owner’s personality and points to the interior beauty. When you plan to paint your house, therefore, bear in mind that you are telling the world about you and your home ambience. If giving a good picture of yourself and of your home is important to you, these 5 tips should guide your exterior house painting.
1. Prepare Your Wall for Adorning
To achieve the aforementioned grandeur that makes everyone stop to admire your home, curb the urge of getting straight to painting and being done with the job ASAP. Instead, prepare your walls for outstanding painting by pressure washing them to remove dirt. Additionally, use a hand scraper to rid your walls of loose old paint and sandpaper uneven spots. Do not forget to fill any holes, joints, or cracks with caulk.
2. Target Dry and not Wet Weather
Paint dries better in dry weather. Fall rain and the winter humidity may cause your newly applied paint to stay wet for longer and eventually drip or run and sag at certain locations. That is no doubt a shoddy job and a waste of time and paint. Choose summer and spring weather for finer results. Even then, calmer and cooler days without wild wind and extreme sun heat are best.
3. Prime for Better Results
A quality primer seals off old paint and creates a smooth and even surface for your new paint. Latex primers are great on wood and vinyl. A masonry choice of primer is best on stucco or concrete blocks.
Look out for directions on primer drying time on the can to ensure you allow the recommended period before proceeding with the top coating.
4. Opt for Exterior-fit Paint
The best recommended paint for exterior painting is one that is 100% latex acrylic. The binders and pigments in this type of paint allows it to stick better on the wall and renders it more durable. As a general hint, super premium or premium labels are your endorsed choice.
Follow your taste for color-choice. You may want to keep in mind the fact that no one will sue you if you reproduce the colors of a house you admire.
5. Pair the Roller and the Sprayer
A perfect finish on exterior walls is achieved by combining the spray and roll options. Experts recommend following your paint sprayer with a roller to ensure even distribution of paint. This is welcome news if having company while you work is your preference. A second spray-and-roll coating will give your wall a perfect final look.
Some Recommended Preliminaries
Before embarking on scraping, priming, and painting, spread scrap paper if you do not want paint on the ground or on any foliage below your exterior walls. It is indispensable to seal your windows and doors with plastic and firm it with masking tape before embarking on your painting project. Your doors and windows are painted last.