If you’re planning to paint your house’s exterior, you may want to read the following tips. These will allow you to get the job done right and at a low cost.
Paint when the weather is right. Ideally, the temperature outside needs to be 55 °F or above for two days to ensure proper curing of the paint. You want the heat but not the humidity. So, in many parts of America, spring is the best time of the year for an exterior paint job. Or, maybe early winter. If it rains in the spring season in your neck of the woods, and you wish to go ahead with the paint job, then check the weather forecast.
When shopping for paint, get the best exterior paint that you can afford. Do not skimp on this one item because the exterior paint has more than just an esthetic purpose. It also protects the exterior walls from the elements.
Choosing the right exterior color, down to the appropriate shade may require some experimentation. Paint strips of the exterior with a few colors that you have shortlisted and see how they appear in the sun and the shade. Colors are broadly divided into warm and cool. It’s a good idea to select warm shades or cool shades for both the wall and brick siding.
Other supplies that you will require include paint brushes, fabric drop cloths, rollers, scrapers, sandpapers, caulking material, and epoxy.
If you cannot cover the shutters and downspouts, then remove them. You don’t want them to acquire splotches of paint. You will have to repaint these fixtures again. Ideally, removing these will allow you to paint the walls thoroughly without leaving strips and patches unpainted.
Wash the surfaces to be painted. A power wash is a good idea to remove the accumulated dust and grime.
Repair the siding and trim, if required. Remove peeling paint and fill any holes in the cracked wood. If the older paint is lead based, then ensure that you use precaution when removing it.
Use fabric drop cloth to protect shrubs, lamps, patio floor, and anything else in the surrounding that you don’t want to be painted. You will have to trim bushes and branches that are scraping against the walls.
Use primer on the brick siding. If you can, tint the primer with the color of the paint. This will help you give the walls a fuller color and a more satisfying finish.
The painting or priming should be done top down. This will allow you to take care of any drips and ensure a smooth finish as you work your way down. You can use a roller for painting, but for the area around fixtures, you should consider a paint brush. You can time your progress according to the motion of the sun. Begin in the shade, and stay in the shade.
Finally, keep in mind that an exterior painting DIY project is worth the effort only if you’re comfortable with the work and there’s no risk to you. Use safe and sturdy ladders for the work.