If you’re about to tackle the intimidating job of painting the exterior of your home and have no idea where to start, then this is the guide for you. Here are eight tips to help you effectively paint your home’s exterior in no time!
Exterior Painting Prep
Painting the outside of your house should be done regularly in order to protect the underlying material from the elements. However, for a good paint job to stick, you need to clean, sand and prime the surface beforehand. This will ensure that your paint job lasts a while.
Treat Mildew First
Using a solution that’s one part bleach, four parts water and a splash of detergent, spray down the exterior’s surface and leave it to sit for 10 to 20 minutes. Scrub away any stubborn mildew before rinsing it off with water. Be sure to avoid spraying any plants, as the bleach with quickly damage them.
Clean Up the Exterior
If you don’t have any mildew on your home, then simply cleaning the surface with a pressure washer will do to remove dirt and loose paint. However, being too aggressive can damage the wood beneath. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer, then simply use a hose and a long-handled bristle brush.
Get Rid of Loose Paint
Again, if you don’t have a pressure washer, then you’ll need to remove the old paint another way. It’s best to have a smooth surface when painting, so use a paint scraper or wire brush to remove all visible loose or peeling paint.
Keep Yourself Protected
Whether you’re painting inside or outside, it’s essential that you wear the right gear. For tall surfaces like the side of your home, buy some safety glasses and a protective mask, especially when scraping away old paint. In particular, homes built before 1979 can contain lead-based paints, causing serious health problems without the right precautions.
Add Primer to Bare Wood Siding
To prevent sap, knots or rusty nails from bleeding through your exterior paint job, be sure to use a stain-blocking exterior primer. Be mindful of paint drips, as leaving them to dry will result in an uneven paint job.
Fill Cracks With Caulk
Not only does caulking up cracks in your home’s exterior creates a smooth and even painting surface, but it also keeps air and moisture from entering your home. Any gaps and cracks should be sealed and dried before you start painting.
Use Good Quality Paint
When it’s time to finally paint your exterior, make sure you’re using a high-quality latex paint that’s specifically for exteriors. For the best results, apply two coats. Particularly if this is your forever home, you want to ensure that the paint you choose will last for years to come.
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