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How to Paint a House Exterior

How to Paint a House Exterior

Painting your house exterior is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update the style of your home and increase the value of the property. Home painting can be done without the help of a professional, however, don’t underestimate the time required for this renovation project because cheap paint work can cost you more and will not look good in the long run.

In this article, we’ll discuss the step-by-step process of painting the house’s exterior:

Step 1: Know your colour scheme

When choosing the colour scheme, you will have to decide whether to retain the old colour of your house’s exterior or choose a new one. Either way, the exterior paint colour should complement the current shade of your doors, windows, eaves and gutter.  

Step 2: Prepare the materials

Good materials will make the process easier when painting the exterior of your home. You will need the following things:

  • Paint
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic and canvas drop cloths
  • Paint brushes
  • Roller frame and roller cover
  • Paint roller pole
  • Paint sprayer 
  • Ladder
  • Paint tray

Step 3: Organise your outside home decor

You may want to remove your plants and other nearby outside home decor while you are painting the exteriors. You don’t want to splash paint on them which can be difficult to remove.

Step 4: Apply masking tape or cover up fittings

Apply masking tape around fittings like windows, doors, and gutters so you won’t get paint on them. Additionally, apply masking tape on edges that are hard to paint around. You can also cover up plants and home decor with cloth or plastic to protect them.

Step 5: Clean first before painting

You don’t want to paint the exteriors without cleaning them first. You will need to thoroughly scrub the surface to get rid of dirt. You can do this by using a pressure hose, a pump sprayer or a scrubbing bush. This will let you achieve the best finish for your exterior paint.  

Step 6: Prep the wall

You need to make sure that the exterior walls are ready for the paint, so prep them first before painting. Prepping the wall will involve filling in the cracks, bumps, or holes, and sanding down any rough bits.

Step 7: Paint from top to bottom

It’s highly recommended that you paint from the top down because you want to work with gravity rather than working against it. This method can help you control drips and allows you to feather out any mishaps in the direction you’re painting.

The perfect day to paint the house is when it's not too cloudy and not too sunny. It will be difficult to spray paint when it's windy, and if it's too sunny the shine on the wall can affect your eyes because of the reflection. 

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