10 Things You Must Know When Painting a House Exterior
10 Things You Must Know When Painting a House Exterior 1. Consider Mother Nature Plan ahead when painting. Select a dry time of year when there is little rain and lower humidity. Paint needs time to dry and will not adhere to surfaces that are not dry. 2. Quality Over Price Better quality paint means you will paint fewer times over the years, and you'll get better coverage when you do paint. You may be tempted to skimp on paint to save money up front with a cheaper brand, but you're bound to have trouble and eventually pay more in the long run. 3. Sand and Wash Paint won't adhere very well to dirty or rough surfaces, so be sure to clean the siding and trim thoroughly, allow to dry, and sand. 4. Paint Doesn't Stick to Rotten Siding Rotten wood and siding material are nearly worthless to paint, as they will do nothing but to continue to deteriorate. Be sure to prep and sand either one prior to painting. 5. Use Primer The rule of thumb has always been to apply a good coat of primer, sand, then apply your color coats. This is still a good rule to follow, but new paint technologies have combined primer and paint into one product, which manufacturers assert will cut down on the number of coats you will have to apply 6. Combine Cans of Paint Mixing multiple cans of the same color of paint into a larger container, such as a five-gallon bucket, will help ensure a uniform color is applied to your home's exterior. 7. Paint from Top to Bottom Starting at the top and working your way down while painting helps control streaks, as you will be working with gravity rather than against it. Drips are inevitable, but this method will allow you to feather out mishaps in the direction you are working. 8. Seal It Off Properly close your paint containers with their lids after you finish for the day to keep the paint from drying out. Add a plastic wrap film over the opening to ensure a tight seal. 9. Add Grit Painted porches and other painted floors can become a bit too slick with a coat of paint alone, so add a little bit of fine sand to the paint to add traction. You can use play sand or additives that manufacturers have begun producing to provide this extra texture. 10. Prep the Landscape It's easy to forget how messy painting can be, so be sure to cover the ground, bushes and any other vegetation below the area you are painting. Also move or cover up any outdoor furniture, hoses, grills, etc. Use drop cloths and weigh them down on the corners or securely wrap them around the items you are protecting.