Six Tips to Prepare for Your Exterior Painting Project

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Before you can start applying paint to the exterior of your house, you should prepare for your painting project to make cleanup easier to do. These preparations will also prevent paint from dripping onto surfaces that are difficult to clean. Here are six tips for preparing for a home exterior painting project.

How Much to Paint?

After you’ve decided to paint the house to give it a fresh look, you should determine how much of the house that you’re going to do. Painting small areas such as the front door and trim can give the house a fresh look. However, if it’s been years since it’s last been painted and the old paint is chipping or has blistered, then you should paint the entire house.

Choose Paint Colors and Type

Trying to decide which color to paint your house can take days because there are so many color options. Go online to look at different paint colors and combinations to choose one that you like. You’ll have the option of choosing either an oil-based or latex paint. Latex is easier to clean since it is water-based but oil-based paints are more durable. However, it takes longer for oil-based paints to dry.

Buy Quality Paint

Although you will pay more for it, it is better to choose a good quality paint than a cheap paint. You won’t need to use as much paint to cover the house and high-quality paints are usually more durable. A high-quality exterior paint is either 100% acrylic or an alkyd-modified latex paint. Choosing a high-quality paint will save money and time in the long run.

Watch the Weather

So that the paint dries quickly, the humidity level should be low. Along with low humidity, the weather shouldn’t be too hot. The ideal temperature for painting outside is between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Paint the shaded areas first and follow the shade as you paint the house to prevent exposure to direct sunlight, which can cause paint to blister.

Clean the Exterior

The surface of the house should be clean, dry, and dull before you start to paint. As you prepare to clean the exterior, lay a plastic tarp over the foliage next to the house and on the ground before scraping the peeling or cracked paint on the house. Sand the surface of the siding or trim to make it smooth. Afterward, use a garden hose or a pressure washer to clean the siding or brick on your house.

Remove Shutters and Screens

If you have shutters on the windows and the screens are wood, they should be removed before they are painted. Removing them prevents getting paint on the house, especially if it’s a different color. Also, removing the screens allows you to access the exterior of the window frames when you’re painting. You can also remove screen doors made from wood to make them easier to paint.

Using these tips to prepare your house before you start to paint it will help make the actual work easier to do.

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