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How to Paint the Exterior of your House

Monday, June 12, 2017

The effective home improvement project of applying fresh paint to your house can vitalise and transform it into a much more welcoming and attractive place.
Whilst painting a house is a fairly big job, if you take the correct precautions and measures to complete it in the best possible manner, it will make a great difference to the way you and others perceive your property.

Initially, you must decide when the most appropriate time to paint your house is. Ideally this should be when there is a period of consistent weather, with no dramatic fluctuations in temperature. If you paint when it is too hot then the paint will often dry too quickly leaving you with an uneven finish, yet in damp and cold conditions the paint will not adhere to your walls properly. Your preferable condition is therefore a cool and dry period, sometime around late spring/summer.
It is also vital to prepare your home for painting. This includes removing the walls from old flaking paint and other loose materials that could otherwise compromise how well the new paint adheres to the surface. To do this you can use a hose and scrubbing brush, a pressure washer, or even a sander if you want to completely smooth down the surface. Then fill any cracks/holes with filler, and prime porous surfaces before painting.
You should also try and cover anything that you don’t want painted (i.e. drainpipes/windowsills/patios/etc.) with plastic sheeting cloths and tape, to protect them from paint splatters.
Next choose your paint. Whilst top-quality paint is more expensive remember that it lasts longer, flows better, and covers better than poor-quality paint. Using a better quality will therefore mean that your painting job is much easier and will require less effort to maintain both short and long term, so is definitely worth the little added expense.
   Decide on what type of paint you desire, textured or smooth, then choose the colour. As these choices are up to you and your own personal preferences you should pick up some samples before reaching a decision, and paint them onto scrap material to help give you an idea of how it will look.
Ensure you have the necessary tools to complete the job, including a ladder that reaches the correct heights at which you will be painting; a roller brush with extendable handle to cover large areas; a high quality brush to get into the edges and corners; and a painting kettle to be able to easily access manageable amounts of new paint.
When starting the actual process of painting you should work from the top down, so that fresh paint won’t drip onto any newly painted surfaces. Paint horizontally or vertically initially, and then in the opposite direction to ensure full and even coverage of your house. Once the first coat of paint has fully dried, repeat this process for a second coat.
If this is however the first time your house has been painted, or if you are using a dramatically different colour to what the house was previously, then it may be necessary to complete further coats. It is better to have too many layers than not enough, so do not skimp on coats of paint!
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