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Exterior House Painting Tips and Guidelines

HousePaintingTipsGuidelinesA simple glance at the exterior paint job of a house can provide insight about the people within. Many structures have the ability to catch our eyes and inspire us. Hence certain measures should be taken to keep an exterior paint job looking its best for years to come leaving on-lookers with a positive impression.

Not only does the exterior of the house make the structure look beautiful, it also helps in increasing its overall value and protects it from environmental harm. Here are some quick tips and guidelines to follow when restoring your home’s beauty with a fresh coat of exterior paint.

Chose the Right Tools and Material Quality

Painting the exterior of your house like a pro is nearly equal to being an expert level artist. You can never compromise on the paint quality or materials. Here are some of the materials necessary for stunning results and to keep the project moving forward smoothly:

  • Primer for wood that is bare and has no coating.
  • Sanding equipment to help you remove loose paint and smooth out the surface.
  • A power washing to get all the dirt, grime, mildew, tannin’s, and residues off the surface.
  • Stiff Bristle Brush to manually handle cleaning jobs
  • Brushes 2 top quality synthetic – bristle brushes for applying latex paint
  • One 4-inches straight-bristled brush for large areas
  • 1 & 1/2 inch-angled sash brush for detailed work
  • A roller setup containing roller handle, roller covers and a roller screen.
  • An extension ladder for paint jobs that require higher platforms.
  • A 5-Gallon cleaning bucket

Along with proper tools and equipment it is also important to choose the right paint for your building. Many paints requires cooler climate to give the best result. Paints are best applied at temperatures from 50⁰F and 85⁰F. When it comes to painting there are two primary choices:

  • Water-based Latex:  can be cleaned up with soap and water, has low odor, dries quickly, and has more flexibility making it less likely to crack. Latex paints with best quality contain 100 percent acrylic resins.
  • Oil-based Alkyd: requires paint thinner (mineral spirits) for cleaning; stain-resistant, durable, flows smoothly, dries slowly and has a strong solvent smell.

Where and When to Start

The weather plays an important role in outdoor painting. Note that high humidity or moisture in the air are not at all suitable conditions for good quality paint finishes. Also applying paint in direct sunlight can cause the paint to blister and crack in unusual places creating a finished project that is subpar.  Choose shady areas to paint, or provide some sort of covering from direct sunlight for the best results.

Basic Painting Techniques

The most important thing before you start painting is to make sure the surface is well rounded and smooth. In order to do so you can use cleaning equipment and sanding materials. Next are the nails and hollow spots that need to be filled with putty and covered to equal levels to make the entire painted surface smooth as possible. Basic painting techniques are:

  • Brushing Techniques – involves loading the brush and making sure excess paint isn’t allowed on the brush;
  • Roller Techniques – loading the roller and rolling it against the screen, making sure that the roller nap is drenched and the excess paint is squeezed out;
  • Cutting-in Techniques – used for covering corners and tiny places where most paint tools can’t reach easily.