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6 Best Exterior House Painting Tips and Tricks

Are you planning to renovate your house and give it a fresh coat of paint? This can be a rather ambitious project, since painting your home's exterior is not as easy as it seems. A lot of prep work goes into the exterior house painting project. A lousy paint job can be difficult to reverse, so you want to make sure the exterior house painting is done correctly and professionally.

While seeking a professional house painter is highly recommended, some homeowners may enjoy doing the work by themselves. If you are ready to take on an exterior house painting project, below are six tips and tricks to help you perform the best renovation:

1. Pick high-quality paint.

Pick high-quality paint.

Do not be tempted to skimp on the paint to save some cash upfront. This is because you are more likely to experience problems sooner, which ironically leads to paying more in the long term. Using high-quality paint is recommended. These paints usually look better, last longer, and give you better coverage.

You will have plenty of choices when it comes to picking paint colours, but always make sure you choose a colour that looks flattering on your house. Also, deciding on how much paint to buy is an important consideration. Start by estimating the amount of paint needed to complete the job.

When in doubt, always estimate on the higher side since leftover paint can still be poured back into their original cans.

2. Wait for dry weather before painting.

Wait for dry weather before painting.

Always plan and schedule accordingly before you do any exterior house painting. Make sure you understand the local weather patterns, especially on the days when you are working on the paint job. Naturally, you will want to avoid painting your house on rainy days.

Humidity is not as friendly when it comes to exterior house painting, since you will experience slow drying and drips. If the atmosphere is humid, make sure you take your time with the painting. Use slow-drying paint to make it easy to correct errors before moving on to apply the next coat of paint. Don't be in a rush to finish as this will show when the job is done.

3. Clean & repair the surfaces.

Clean and repair the surfaces of your house.

Paint does not adhere well to dirty surfaces, so you should clean the trim and siding thoroughly before allowing it to dry. If the surface is rough, sand it. You should also pressure-wash the walls to remove any dust and dirt buildup. In a controlled and smooth manner, clean the surfaces from top to bottom, making sure to overlap each stroke by eight inches.

Painting over rough or broken surfaces is not recommended. Before you start painting, take a stroll around the perimeter of your house and check for damaged surfaces such as metal, masonry, wood, stucco or siding. Apply epoxy filler to holes or cracks using a spackle knife. When it dries up, lightly sand the surface with a medium-grit sanding block.

4. Prep the landscape.

Prep the landscape for house painting.

Painting can be messy. Always cover the bushes, ground and any other vegetation surrounding the area to be painted. Also, cover or move outdoor furniture such as grills, hoses, and chairs. If you use covers, secure them at the corners by weighing them down, or by wrapping the covers around the objects you are protecting.

5. Use primer.

Use primer for your exterior house painting.

As a rule of thumb, always apply a coat of primer. Next, sand the surface before starting to paint. Applying the primer ensures the paint adheres to the surface in a durable manner.

As a possible alternative, there are some items that combine paint and primer into one consolidated product, which could be quite convenient to use. The benefit of using such paints is that they minimize the number of coats to be applied. They are a bit pricey, although the actual price compares favourably than purchasing both a primer and the paint individually.

6. Follow these painting tricks.

Follow these exterior house painting tricks.

Now that you've prepared everything else, it's finally time for you to begin the exterior house painting process. Painting is a skill that takes some time to master, so be patient and don't feel frustrated if you make a few rookie mistakes. Here are basic some painting tips and tricks to help you get started:

Paint from the top: This is house painting 101! Always start at the top and work your way downwards. You will avoid streak marks by observing this basic rule. This applies for both outdoor and indoor painting.

Add grit: Painted porches (especially steps), or any other painted floor, can be a bit too slick if you only apply one coat of paint. This can be a hazard, especially on rainy days. To add traction, mix the paint with a bit of sand. You can use play sand or a manufacturer's additives to give the paint an extra texture.

Avoid runs: When your brush is loaded, it is quite easy to create runs by using too much paint along corners. It can also be difficult to trim the paint. To prevent this, slowly drag the bristles of the paint brush along the surface, allowing the paint to push against the space where the walls meet. It takes a few applications, but this will prevent unsightly extra paint from getting along corners and woodwork.

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