There aren’t many home maintenance projects as important as painting the outside of your home. This can be an incredibly daunting task for a newcomer to DIY home maintenance. The amount of money and effort one has to invest into painting an entire house means that one would want the final result to look as good as possible and last for the longest amount of time possible. Here are some things to consider when painting the exterior of your home:
#1 Consider The Weather
Before you even start, consider what the general weather patterns are likely to be like where you live and pick a time of year when it is most likely that the weather will be dry with low humidity so the paint will dry well and adhere to the surface without peeling. You can’t provide cover for your entire home in the event of sudden rain so ensure that you also check the weather a few days before you start as well, even during the driest parts of the year, in case of unseasonable rainfall. Don’t rush to paint your walls either. Give walls a chance to dry after rainy or humid weather before even considering adding paint to them.
#2 Pay For Quality
You get what you pay for. If you buy cheap paint you will end up spending more in the long run fixing cracks, touching up peeling paint or even re-painting your entire home much sooner than anticipated. Buying a quality product will mean you may only need to re-paint or touch up in 10-15 years. The same goes for the tools you buy. Using quality tools will result in a smoother finish and a far reduced time to complete your project making the entire process faster and easier.
#3 Paint The Same Or Darker
Choose a colour that either matches your existing colour or is a few shades darker. Choosing a lighter colour may result in being able to see old blemishes and stains on the walls through your new paint once it has dried, regardless of how many times you paint over it. The best idea is to pick a piece of wall, prime it and paint a selection of tester colours to see which one produces the best result.
#4 Keep It Clean
Proper prep-work is essential before starting any paint job. For paint to adhere properly to any surface first it must be as clean as possible, with as much dirt, dust, mould and mildew removed from the existing surface. The best way to do this is with a pressure cleaner. It will blast away any tough residue and flaking old paint. Stubborn mildew can be cleaned with a light chlorine solution and a garden sprayer or one of the shop bought products.
5# Fill Cracks and Repair
Before priming and painting one needs to inspect the cleaned surface and fill any cracks with crack filler or structural grout, a cement based filler used for filling structural cracks in the plaster too big for crack filler. It is also vital to ensure any cracks are filled where the wall meets a different material such as a window frame or the roof trusses under the eves. Use a putty knife and epoxy filler for those kinds of cracks and sand lightly after drying before continuing on to the next step.
#6 Always Prime Before You Paint
Priming before you paint is essential, even if you are repainting an existing house, because the primer contains a high resin content sealer which locks everything into place and creates a much smoother, high-end finish. The kind of primer you need depends on the paint you have chosen, as some even have primer specifically developed for that brand. So it is essential to consult with your paint supplier and buy the paint and primer together.
#7 Seal And Cover
Ensure that things you aren’t painting don’t get covered with paint. Items like drain pipes and metal doors can be difficult to clean as cleaning paint off can damage the powder coating or finish of the other materials. Rather seal off framework with masking tape as you paint and cover pipes and such close to the walls with plastic held by masking tape for ease of removal.
#8 Roll and Brush
The easiest way to paint is to use a roller for a smooth finish and then get to the hard to reach places with a wide paint brush and mini roller to smooth the brush strokes away. Don’t be scared to use multiple tools to get the job done. You want your home to look as good as possible so take your time and do it right the first time around.
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