When it’s time to repaint the exterior of your home, it is best to leave the hard work to professionals. However, if you are saving money and want to do the work yourself, there are a few tricks you should know in order to do it more effectively. Painting your home exterior may sound easy enough, but without the proper knowledge, you will likely end up doubling your expenses due to trial and error.
Here are a few useful tips on how to paint your home exterior:
- Have the all things you need prior to painting. You will need to have a good, sturdy ladder to climb that has a wider step or special shelf on which you can set your can of paint. You will also need good paint brushes and rollers, sandpaper, scrapers, caulking, and putty.
- Do an estimate on how much paint you will need. Multiply the length of each wall by its height and add about 25 to 30 percent on top of that. You want to be sure you have some paint left over for touch-ups later.
- Clean your home exterior first before applying paint. Make sure you remove all of the residue that is stuck on the walls because if you paint over it, your finish will be bumpy and could actually cause damage to your paint job later down the road.
- Remove your lighting fixtures and window screens. You don’t want to get paint on them.
- Repair any cracks, holes, or other damage on your wall before applying paint. Keep in mind that painting should always be the last step in any house project after all of the prep work has been completed.
- Buy paint based on the type of exterior surface you have. If you want the color to be consistent, you need to buy something that will work well with the material and texture of your surfaces.
- Buy oil-based paints for the wood trim along your banisters, doors, and windows. Oil-based paints are tough enough to withstand the elements and protect your wood.
- Sand all rough areas and glossy surfaces before painting. Paint will not stick to glossy surfaces nor will it look right on rough areas.
- Apply primers to raw surfaces before applying two coats of paint. Choose a primer based on the type of surface you have.
- Protect your plants and walkways with drop cloths and masking tape.