Painting your home is a big project that requires a lot of work and precision. Luckily if done right, it can completely transform the look of your house and boost your curb appeal. While the task might seem daunting at first, as long as you have the right tools and supplies at your disposal and follow our few simple exterior painting tips, you'll have a great outcome that you can feel proud of.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced DIYer, we're here to help you complete your project successfully from start to finish.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you finish your painting job like a pro:
1. Don't rush
Repainting the whole exterior of your home is not a task you can fit in a day. Even professionals need up to a week to finish painting a small to a medium home, so don't be discouraged if it takes you a lot longer to finish the whole project. If you want to speed things up a bit, you should consider hiring a helper. This way, you can split your duties and work faster. Even if your helper is not experienced in painting, they can still help you out with prepping, scrubbing, scraping and running errands.
Expect this job to take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of your home, the quality of the previous paint job, the amount of time you can dedicate to the project and your painting experience and skill level.
2. Assess the situation
Before you begin painting or even prepping the surface, you'll need to assess the situation and see what you're working with. This is an important step that will help you determine what kind of repairs you'll need to do before you start painting. That way, you can be prepared and know what kind of materials and tools you'll need to in order to start painting.
Note that the type of paint and materials you'll need will be determined by your siding material and your particular preferences.
3. Focus on prep
The first and most important step in any paint job is prep. In order for your project to be a success, you'll need to focus as much on prep as you do on the actual painting process.
Prepping involves a few different steps, including prepping the exterior surface of your home so that the paint can adhere properly, and prepping the parameter of your home so you don't spill or spray paint on any surface other than your exterior walls.
Depending on the siding material you're working with, you may need to scrape off any falling or loose paint and pressure wash or scrub the walls. While pressure washing can save you a lot of time and effort, sometimes a long-handled brush and a bucket of soapy water can do a fine job of prepping the surface for painting. The important thing is that you get rid of all that cracking and peeling paint, along with build up dirt and dust, so you can have a clean surface to work on. Once that part of the job is complete, you can go ahead and prep your home's parameter, so you can protect your patio furniture, your plants and anything else that's within the spray zone. To properly protect your parameter, you can spread heavy-duty plastic on the sides, attach it to the wall using duct tape and use canvas drop cloth runners to cover the plastic, so you can prevent potential slips, trips and falls.
4. Wear protective clothing and gloves
Wearing long sleeves and gloves saves you a lot of time washing up each day after you're done working. Stick to wearing bright-coloured clothes, which offer greater protection from the sun.
5. Start priming, caulking and painting
Once you've completed all the preparation steps, you're finally ready to start painting. Before you can add a fresh coat of paint on the house, you will need to focus on priming first. Priming is an important step in the process that will help you block stains, resist mildew, as well as seal, prime and protect the surface, ensuring maximum adhesion. So if you want your paint job to last longer, priming is definitely a step you cannot skip.
You can either choose to prime the entire surface of the house or go with spot priming, whichever way works best for you. If you're going to go with spot priming, you'll need to focus on the areas where the surface is exposed, and the old paint has fallen off.
After all the surfaces and trims are primed, you can move onto caulking and then finally painting. Use an exterior acrylic paintable caulk to button everything up so you can add the finishing coat of paint on a completely prepped surface and achieve a great result.
Use an exterior patching compound to cover any imperfections and nail holes before you start painting.
Once you complete all those steps, you're ready to start painting. You can start by painting your trim first and go onto painting the siding. Always work from the top to bottom so you can remove any drips as you paint and avoid going back and re-brushing areas that have already been painted.
If you want your home to undergo an incredible transformation stick to our tips and follow each step to the point, so you can finally achieve the results you've envisioned.