Tips On Preparing Your House For Exterior Painting

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Tips On Preparing Your House For Exterior Painting

The first task at hand is to estimate how much paint you will need. Now measure the length of all sides of the house, add them up, then multiply the total length of all sides by the height of the house, make sure and add two feet to the height for overhang. No need to subtract doors and windows as you’ll probably need the extra for touch-ups. Now divide the total square footage of your project by the coverage rate displayed on the paint can you’ve selected.

Don't forget when choosing a color, that many housing developments have restrictions on exterior colors, so you’ll want to find out ahead of time if you live in one. Also, there are different kinds of paint as well:

l Gloss exterior acrylic enamel is usually used only on smooth, flawless surfaces, as the high sheen accentuates imperfections; so it is seldom used. Not to mention it’s also the most difficult and time-consuming exterior paint, and also the most expensive.

l Satin exterior acrylic latex does provide an excellent coverage and looks good. Another advantage to this type is that it doesn’t attract dirt and dust like other paints.

l Flat exterior acrylic latex is the most commonly used exterior paint thanks to its good coverage, reasonable price and versatility. It’s also easier to touch-up and doesn’t show imperfections as much as Semi-gloss or Gloss.

l Semi-gloss exterior acrylic latex is used mostly for doors, gutters and window trim as it is washable, resist stains and easy to clean.

l Solvent-based paints are the most versatile, providing ease of application in a variety of temperatures and moisture conditions but is not widely used as the others.

Now that you’ve chosen your paint type and color, you’re almost ready to go but you’ll need more than paint to do the job; things such as applicators, tools and materials. Now, there are three types of paint applicators, and you may use any one or a combination of them: brushes, rollers and sprayers. You’ll also need medium and wide-width masking tape, scrapers of various sizes and a utility knife; oh don't forget your paint stirrers and drop cloth.

Now that you have your materials, you’re ready to get started with the most important step; which is surface preparation. First, scrape loose or chipped paint until most of the surface is exposed. Next, use sandpaper to dull the surface and make it smooth. Use a pressure washer where necessary, with commercial cleaning solution to wash the surface of the house and make sure and rinse thoroughly. Let it dry at least 24 hours before painting. You may need to prime the surface before painting wherever the bare walls is exposed.

Lastly, cover all windows, doors and trim, using paper or plastic along with your masking tape. Now you’re ready to begin painting. Take your time and do a thorough job, be meticulous, and you'll have added value and beauty to your home, slowed deterioration and given yourself a sense of pride and accomplishment.