10 PROFESSIONAL TIPS ON EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINTING
Does your house need a new coat of exterior paint? Is the paint flaking or fading, or do you just want to change up the color scheme? No matter the reason, a new exterior paint job can really improve the looks of your home and enhance its curb appeal.
Let’s take a look at the processes involved when tackling paint job.
Exterior Painting Process
You may not realize all the steps necessary to get quality results from your exterior paint project. We’ve listed them here to inform you what the professionals do to achieve success. And as a warning that if any steps in the process are skipped, you may not like
1. Get All the Materials and Tools.
Before you even start, it’s best to make sure you have everything necessary to complete the project from start to finish. You don’t want to have to stop and go to the paint or hardware store for something you forgot.
Some items you’ll need include:
Exterior paint (flat or eggshell plus exterior semigloss)
Paintbrushes and rollers
Medium-grit sanding block
Make sure you purchase enough of each item for the square footage of your house. Also, you may need more than one ladder, or even scaffolding, if you have a two-story house.
2. Clean Surfaces.
The paint will adhere better and go on smoother on a clean surface. Use a pressure washer to remove debris, dirt, and dust. Work from top to bottom, overlapping each stroke for full coverage.
3. Repair Damages.
You’ll need to fill in any holes or cracks.
4. Protect Surrounding Area.
Use drop cloths and plastic sheeting to protect landscaping, outdoor furnishings, or other items in the paint area that can’t be moved.
5. Scrape off Loose Paint.
Use a paint scraper to remove any chipped paint. You may need to sand down these scraped surfaces afterward.
6. Fill in Cracks.
You’ll need to caulk the gaps between siding and trim, and around doors and windows.
7. Prime if Needed.
Primer is not always needed; fo
r example, if you’re repainting with the same color or a darker color. However, going to a lighter shade will need a coat of primer.
8. Paint the Siding.
Fill the paint sprayer with the flat or eggshell exterior paint and spray from top to bottom, overlapping each stroke. Depending on the color of paint, you may need two coats.
9. Paint the Trim.
Once the painted siding is dry, remove the sheeting and painter’s tape from the windows, trim, and doors. Apply two coats of exterior semi-gloss paint to the trim with a paintbrush.
10. Clean Up!
Once every exterior surface is painted, as desired, it’s time to clean up the area. Remove any drop cloths that cover non-painted items or areas. Clean up any spills. Remove all tools and materials from the worksite.
Hire the Experts for Your Exterior House Painting
When you hire DP Economy Services you can be confident you’ll get the results you expect and deserve. Contact us to get a free estimate for your next exterior house painting project.