If you’re planning on painting the exterior of your house, rest assured that it will definitely help to freshen up the entire look of your property if you’re sticking with the same color, or completely transform your home if you’re going with a totally different color.
While painting the outside of your house yourself is a great way to save money, there are certain things that you should consider, and certain things that you must know, before you get started. Continue reading to learn more so that your paint job will come out perfectly and your house will end up looking like new.
Choose the Right Type of Paint
Not all paints are created equal, and you shouldn’t skimp on a good quality exterior paint just to save a few bucks. Instead, go with a high quality option. Your two choices will be oil-based alkyd or water-based latex.
Oil-based alkyd is preferred by a lot of professional painters because it resists stains, is really durable, will dry with fewer brush marks, and will go on smoothly. But beware that these paints dry very slowly and have a strong odor.
Water-based latex paints are a great option for those who want to be able to clean their homes with soap and water whenever necessary. This paint will also dry quickly, will emit a low amount of odor, and will remain flexible for a longer period of time so it will be less likely to crack.
Think About the Weather Before You Paint
First off, make sure that you plan to paint during a time that will be dry, without rain or humidity. Watch weather forecasts closely and plan your painting sessions so that the paint will have plenty of time to dry. It simply won’t adhere to the surface of your home if it ends up raining or if the weather is too humid. Also, make sure all surfaces are dry before applying the paint.
Clean Your Home First
To achieve the best results, you need to properly prep the exterior of your home before you apply the paint. Doing so will ensure the paint will last for many years.
Use a pressure washer to completely wash away debris and dirt that could get in the way of a smooth paint job and complete coverage. It’s best to work from the top of the house to the bottom using a controlled, smooth manner that overlaps every stroke by about 8 inches to be sure you clean every inch.
Repair Damaged Areas
Look for any damaged areas of your exterior, such as holes and cracks that can be filled with epoxy filler, or nails that are sticking out that can be hammered into place. Make sure everything is sanded down and that the exterior is smooth.
Once your home has been prepped and you’re ready to paint, consider protecting yourself by wearing a tyvek suit throughout the process. Then use a paint sprayer, roller, and paintbrush to hit every area, large and small, with an even coat of paint.