Exterior Painting Tips For A Professional Result

If your home has wooden (or MDF) siding, your home can be painted to change up the color or to give it an updated look. Painting your siding may sound like a pain, but it can be done yourself (or with a few helpers), and be completely done in a single weekend. Be sure if tackling this job yourself that you watch the weather and look for a few good days with plenty of sunshine, and no rain at all in the forecast. See below for other tips to help you when painting your homes exterior.

Clean The Surface

Before painting your home, you need a clean base to work with. Go around the entire siding, cleaning it with a pressure washer to help remove old paint that may be peeling. For mold or mildew that may be on your siding, use a cleaner such as TSP or siding cleaner made specifically for wood. Be sure to sand down any portion of your siding that may appear rough, and scrape off old paint that didn't come off with the pressure washer.

Make Repairs

Repair any portion of your siding that is broken or rotting. There's no sense painting over rotten wood, so invest in the money to make any necessary repairs to the siding, soffit or fascia, as well as any trim work around windows and doors. Fill in any holes you make when replacing these pieces of wood using wood filler, then sand down the wood filler once it's dry.

Invest In Quality Paint

The paint you purchase for your home's exterior doesn't have to cost you a fortune, but don't skimp on quality to help save you a few dollars. A good quality paintcan last longer than a cheaper paint will, and you'll use less coats on your home. Also look for paint that has a primer already in it, rather than using a separate primer - this will help save you a step. Using good brushes and rollers will also help you in the long run. If you're constantly picking out pieces of roller from your home, or your brushes are falling apart as you're using them, it isn't worth it.

Do The Prep Work

Be sure to tape off any areas where you don't want to get paint, such as the trim, soffit or fascia (if these are going to be a different color), using painter's tape. Also be sure to protect landscaping, sidewalks, and driveways from paint drips and splatters using a large tarp or drop cloth.

Mix Cans Of Paint

If you bought cans of paint, be sure to combine them into a bucket to prevent any discoloring to your paint. Combining them all will give you a uniform look, especially if one can has a slightly different tint than the others. You'll definitely see the difference on your home, so be sure to mix the cans to prevent this from happening. Mix the cans of paint in a large 5 gallon bucket and stir them together thoroughly.

Work From Top To Bottom

To help prevent drip marks, paint from the top peak of your home down to the very last piece of siding. You'll be able to catch any dripping paint quickly. To help you get up high, you can use a ladder, or rent scaffolding to prevent you from having to go up and down on the ladder too many times.

Painting your wood siding can be done, but it can be quite a big job. Be sure to prepare your siding and the area, invest in good quality materials, and take your time to achieve a professional house painting.


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