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Uncategorized / February 9, 2023
The concept of painting a house is pretty straightforward: choose a color you like, buy your paint and tools, and get to work. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. The actual painting process is much more nuanced, which is why many people opt for professional house painters. But if you want to do it yourself, here are some pro tips for painting a house that will yield decent results.
Many homeowners prefer to get their painting done at the lowest price possible. As with most things, however, you get what you pay for. Choosing quality paint that costs a little more will pay off down the road. You won’t have to paint again as often, and unlike cheap paint, it’s made to withstand weather elements. This is especially true if you’re located in a warmer region. UV rays are the enemy of outdoor paint, and cheaper options may wither when exposed to heavy sunlight.
2. Plan Ahead for A Dry, Warm Day
It’s seldom a good idea to paint on any given day of the week. Planning for a dry, warm day will make the job easier. For one, the paint will stick to the surface better. The color also won’t adhere to the walls if it’s rained recently. On the other hand, if it rains before you get done, the paint won’t have time to dry and cure to the surfaces. Your paint also may crack and splinter if it gets too cold before it has enough time to dry. For preventative measures, ensure the temperature stays at or above 50°F the day of your paint job and a few days later.
3. Thoroughly Clean Surfaces
Paint doesn’t stick well to dirty surfaces. It may even end up looking clumpy if you try painting over dirt. Power wash your house well beforehand, and ensure it has plenty of time to dry. Also, don’t forget to clean your trim and house siding. Peeling paint should also be scraped or sanded off to ensure you have a smooth surface to paint over.
4. Replace Rotten Boards
At all costs, try replacing rotten boards. Your paint will likely stick to these surfaces poorly, and the board will continue to deteriorate anyway. Paint does not stop the rotting process, and while it might temporarily make a rotten board look better, it won’t last long. Therefore, you should replace any rotten or damaged boards with new siding or, in small areas, use a wood hardener and wood filler before painting.
5. Use Primer
If you’re not using a paint and primer combination, we recommend using a primer before applying paint. Primer seals the surface and creates a better bond for the color. Paint and primer combinations have come a long way, but most companies with professional painting expertise still advise using a separate coat of primer for a more polished look.
Although it takes time and plenty of prep work, a new exterior paint job will go a long way in making your home feel brand new. When you’re ready to get started, follow these professional tips to get the best results possible.