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Exterior Painting Tips

Posted on 22 April 2018 by admin (0)

Did you know a brand new high-quality paint job on the exterior of your house lasts longer and makes your house look super nice? Some home maintenance projects are just as important as exterior painting because caulking and paint establish the first line of defense against snow, rain, and ice. Also, a good exterior paint job can instantly boost the curb appeal of your home.

If you are in the Phoenix area, I recommend the professionals (cool guys) at Mesa Painting Pros for your residential painting job. Below are some exterior painting tips for homeowners whether they intend to hire a professional or paint the house themselves.

 

TIP 1: Paint Options

There are two types of exterior paints: oil-based alkyd and water-based latex. Alkyd paints require paint thinner during cleanup as opposed to using just soap and water. A lot of professionals prefer alkyd paint due to its durability, smooth flow and resistance to stain but they have a strong smell and dry up slowly. Latex, on the other hand, requires just soap and water for clean ups, it dries quickly, less likely to crack and has a low solvent smell.

 

TIP 2: Prep the Surface

You can paint over the existing painted surface as long as it is in good condition, but if it’s not, you have to scrape and sand the surface before painting. Also, for the new paint to adhere properly, you have to clean the exterior of elements like dirt, mildew, grime and so on (using a power sprayer or by hand-scrubbing can help you accomplish this).

TIP 3: Brush and Roller Are the Best

 

The most effective and fastest way to apply exterior paint is by using a paintbrush and a roller. Brush the paint on edges, narrow surfaces and other smaller areas then use the roller to paint the large surfaces like the trim and siding. Try to paint the shady side of the house first because painting in direct sunlight will make the fresh paint dry rapidly and this won’t make the paint adhere well.

 

TIP 4: Start from the Top

When you want to paint, paint from the top of the house then work your way down to the bottom. Paint should be applied to the bottom edge of the siding before painting the broad surfaces. Ensure you brush from a wet surface to another wet surface to prevent lap marks.

 

A QUICK SAFETY TIP: when using the ladder, do not overreach excessively or you might fall over.

 

Check out this YouTube video for a few more great tips for painting your house: