Are you ready to update your home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint? All that’s needed is a stop at the local hardware store for some rollers, brushes, and paint, right? If only it was that simple!
Painting the exterior of your home is hard work, but if it’s done properly, you’ll reap the greatest of rewards – self-satisfaction. Use this step by step guideline, along with the help of Woodstock House Painters, to get your home’s exterior done in no time.
Step One: Squeaky Clean
A fresh coat of paint will not adhere to dirty, grimy siding. You’ll need to wash your home’s exterior before painting. Walk around the outside of your house and inspect all siding for cracks, chips, or mildew. Any mildew areas that you find need to be killed off by pressure washing with a chlorine bleach solution. Continue cleaning the entire surface to remove any old paint and years of collected dirt.
Step Two: Scrape or Sand
There are two ways you can go about removing loose paint—scraping and sanding. Grab a sharp, rigid putty knife and get ready to scrape the outer surface of your home. One of the benefits of scraping is there’s no dust, and it’s easier to control then a sander. Sanders on the other hand rip off the paint much quicker. However, if you aren’t careful, you can gouge the wood. It comes down to personal preference on which method you’d rather use.
Step Three: Take the Time to Prime
When your wood is prepped and ready to paint, apply a coat of primer. Primer is often used as an extra measure of assurance that the paint will adhere to the surface. It leaves a smooth look, while also helping the paint grip the surface it’s applied to. It’s imperative that you don’t rush into painting and skip the priming step; this can force you to apply a third or fourth coat of paint to get complete coverage, if skipped. Be sure to check the primer’s label to find out how long you must wait before you begin painting.
Step Four: Caulk and Replace
Grab your caulk gun and get ready to seal all the cracks and joints that could potentially allow air in or out. Fill all cracks with caulk until it overflows, and then smooth out the bead of caulking with your finger. Grab a damp rag and wipe away all excess caulk. This is usually done around window frames, molding, and door frames.
If you happen to find rotted or damaged wood, it needs to be replaced right away. After you do this, sand the wood trim and doors to ensure a smooth surface for painting.
Step Five: Spend More on Quality Paint
You get what you pay for. This cliché saying, heard throughout one’s life when it comes to buying, is especially true when it comes to paint. As you browse the paint aisles at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or other home improvements stores, you will notice that there is an abundance of options of exterior paint to choose from. There is a direct correlation between price and quality. The cheaper the price, the lower the quality. The key reason to spend more is that quality paint goes further. You’ll need less paint, fewer coats, and it will last longer.
Step Six: Pick Colors with Curb Appeal
Picking a paint color for your home’s exterior can be extremely stressful. You have to worry about how it will look in the sunlight, and whether it will be an eyesore when neighbors drive past it every day. To find inspiration, drive through surrounding neighborhoods to see what other homeowners have chosen to do. Key tips to keep in mind are:
- Bright colors paint fade sooner than neutral ones.
- Choose colors that compliment your roofing material.
- Buy several samples and paint a section of your home to see what it will look like.
- Look at the samples several times throughout the day to see how the lighting affects the color.
- Be sure to check with your Homeowners Association if there are any restrictions on paint colors.
Step Seven: Final Touches
The last step is to paint molding, shutters, and doors. The easiest tools for the job are 6-inch rollers and a good brush. They save time by applying the paint on quicker and smoother.
Walk around the perimeter of your house to make any final touches, and then enjoy your freshly painted home. However, if you aren’t up for the job, it’s time to contact the professional painting team at J. Stevens Painting. We’ll get you a free estimate today!