10 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Exterior
You can save a lot of money by painting your home on your own. If you have any experience in remodeling, then it will be easy to do! Just follow these 10 exterior painting tips that the experts use to get perfect results every time.
Take Your Time
Be patient when painting your home. It can take a significant amount of time for someone to paint a house on their own. It’s a good idea to spread the project over two weekends. Use the first weekend to prepare the house for painting, and use the second weekend to apply the paint.
Plan for the job to take at least two full days. Then, if something interrupts you, you won’t have to rush. Try to finish one section at a time (taking a break won’t affect the results). That way you can handle everything completely stress-free.
Clean Your Home with a Pressure Washer
It’s highly recommended that you have your home thoroughly cleaned with a pressure washer. You can do this yourself or you can have a professional crew do it for you. Be sure to do your research on the safe handling of a pressure washer. Avoid spraying directly at windows with high-pressure and don’t wash any areas of your home that show signs of water damage. Gutters should also be cleaned to prolong the life of your new paint.
Repair Any Damaged Areas
You might notice that some of your exteriors have been damaged over time. You’ll need to replace rotten wood and repair damaged siding. Consider hiring a specialized contractor to assess the situation further.
Scrape Away Damaged Paint
If you find that any of your paint is bubbled, it will need to be scraped away by hand. Most damaged paints will break loose during the pressure washing process, but there may be spots that need to be completely stripped. Painting over loose paint bubbles will cause your new coating to peel as well. Only scrape spots that are no longer adhering to the exterior. You don’t need to remove all of the old paint on your home.
Use Filler and Primer on Exposed Wood
Scraping the old paint away will often leave the affected surface bare. Exposed wood has to be primed with an extra base-layer for the best results. You should also use wood-filler in small gouges. Sand the area down by hand to make the surface even.
Apply With a Paint Sprayer or Roller for Large Sections
It’s much faster to apply exterior paint with a paint sprayer, but it might not be cost-effective to purchase one. You can rent a sprayer to save money or you can use a roller to paint the larger portions of the walls. Painting the entire house by hand will take a significant amount of time to complete.
Paint the Trim Last
You should always paint the walls first. That way you can get as close to the trim as possible. This is especially important for multi-colored exteriors. If you accidentally get the wrong color paint on the trim, then you can easily cover it up later. It’s the most efficient way of tackling the project.
Use High-Quality Brushes for Painting Trim
The decorative trim on the outside of your home will need to be painted by hand. We recommend using high-quality brushes to get the job done right. You’ll want to avoid using cheap brushes when painting. They don’t brush as evenly and they're almost guaranteed to leave noticeable streaks. The bottom line is that you shouldn’t use poorly made paintbrushes for your home. You can save on brushes when painting a fence, but don’t skip out on a quality brush for your exterior trim.
Get a Scaffold Instead Of a Ladder
One of the biggest time-savers you’ll find for painting your home is a set of scaffolding. If you only use ladders, then you’ll spend all of your time moving them around. A scaffold will allow you to cover a large area easily, give you an even walking space, require less energy, and create a safer environment.
Don’t Be Afraid To Get Creative
It’s your home, so you should paint it your way. Be creative with your new color scheme. If you’re going to put all of the efforts into it yourself, then make it a worthwhile investment! Turn your house into your dream home.
You’ve learned everything you need to know about painting the exterior of your home. All you need to do now is decide on the colors. Have fun on your new project, and stay safe while painting!