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How to Prepare for Exterior Home Painting

9th May 2019
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We all want our curb appeal game to be on point. One of the most significant factors when it comes to this is the facade of our home. However, seeing as how we usually repaint out exterior once every few years, it is essential that we pay it enough attention and ensure it is well-done. To properly prepare for this task, here is what you need to know.

Don't skip the planning stage

As easy as repainting might sound, you cannot go into it without a plan seeing as how there are some common mistakes people usually make. Therefore, the first thing you need to do is decide what you want to do with your facade.

Are you just fixing up the existing look? Do you want to change the colour completely? Are you repainting only some aspects like the trim or the shutters? You need to understand the kind of surface you are working with and choose the type of paint accordingly. Furthermore, make sure you opt for long-lasting, high-quality paints that will make your home look like it was painted by a professional.

Bonus tip: remember to check the weather forecast as rain can set you back and you don't want that.

Find the right tools for the job

If you choose to do this on your own, without any professional help, you will need to get the appropriate tools for the job. We already mentioned the importance of choosing the right paint; however, the brush you use is also essential. You can consult with the experts in the hardware store to see which brush is best for which type of paint. Don't forget about other important things such as the primer, sandpaper, wire brushes and tarps to cover any items nearby. Furthermore, you will need a ladder to make the exterior more approachable, and in case your home has more stories, hiring elevated work platforms like cherry pickers might be your best option to ensure safety and better access.

Prepare the surface

Now that you have all the tools you need, you can start prepping the surface. Begin by washing the exterior from top to bottom. If you don't already have a pressure washer, you can rent one. Let the surface dry for at least a day, and then you can move on to scraping any peeling paint. It is a tedious job, but it has to be done to ensure good results. The next steps include sanding the edges of scraped spots until everything is smooth and removing any old caulk. Finally, repair any damaged parts of the surface.

Prime the walls

After you've prepared the surface, you should apply a primer to the walls. If you're painting over bare or new wood or repainting some dark or bright colours, a primer will allow the paint to adhere to the surface better, and it will result in a more uniform appearance. The choice of a primer depends on the type of paint you will be using afterwards.
Get painting

You are finally ready to paint your exterior. Start from the top of the siding and paint horizontally while working your way down. After that, you can turn to the windows and trim. And last but not least, you need to paint the foundation.

Clean up afterwards

While this is not exactly preparing, it is a step you cannot overlook. Once you're done, make sure to clean the brushes and all the other tools. Seal the cans if you have any paint left. Check whether it can be used again and if not, look into the local rules when it comes to disposal. Take off the drop cloths you used to protect the surroundings and return any hired equipment.

Painting your home's exterior may sound like a challenging task, but it really isn't. Take your time and make sure not to skip any necessary steps, and you will have a facade that will last for many years.