Is painting the outside of your home on your to-do list this summer? There’s nothing that spruces up the exterior more than a fresh coat of paint, especially if you’re getting ready to sell. If you’re planning to do the painting yourself instead of hiring a professional, follow these tips to get the job done right.
Prepare the surface
Just like painting interior walls, it’s essential that you prepare the exterior before painting. Your finish will not look as good or adhere as well if you don’t take this critical step. Check for areas with mold or mildew and kill it with a bleach solution. Check for chipping or peeling paint and pressure-wash the entire outside. You want to make sure you remove all the dirt and loose debris before you begin.
Even though you’ve prepped the surface, you’re not ready to grab the paintbrush just yet. Now is the time to repair any issues that you find. Seal cracks around windows, doors, and molding with caulk. Patch holes in stucco with new stucco and give it ample time to cure. Replace rotted wood and sand wood surfaces that you’ll be painting. Cover windows with plastic sheeting.
Start with a prime coat
After making all the needed repairs and giving everything time to dry and cure, it’s time to add a coat of primer. Primer gives you a nice clean surface to begin with and will make your final coats look much better. If you’re painting vinyl or wood siding, choose a latex primer. If the exterior is chalky, then choose a sealer that will seal in the dust.
Move to the finishing coats
When choosing an exterior paint, you’ll want one that is 100 percent acrylic latex in the color of your choosing. Ideally, you’ll need two people when it comes time to apply the finishing coats. The first person will quickly spread paint over the surfaces with a sprayer. The second person will then use a roller to smooth out the paint that has been sprayed. This will give you a smooth, even finish. Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat. That second coat will give you the professional look that you’re after, and ensure your paint job lasts for years to come.
The last step when painting the exterior of your home is to paint all the details. This includes trim, shutters, molding, doors and other decorative elements. This is probably the most time-consuming part of the job. You’ll need to use a paintbrush and take your time to get the best results. But what a difference it can make! Once the paint has dried, remove plastic from the windows and clean.
What to expect
Once you’ve completed your new paint job, you can expect it to last up to ten years. Taking time to do the proper preparations, using quality paints, and applying at least two coats of paint will help your hard work last longer and hold up to wear and tear.