Steps for Exterior House PaintingSome might think that painting your house is a daunting task. And yes it can be, but then if you have patience and not try to rush through it just to, “get it done” it can be something you may want to take on yourself. Having that sense of accomplishment is always a good feeling. I will be sharing the steps I take for every exterior house painting job I have done. Remember sometimes just having the right tools and the time is really all you need. There are a ton of how-to videos that can help you walk your way through just about any experience, you just have to look, but I thought I would give you a step by step break down. What I want to share with you are things you may not even think about before getting started.
1. SURFACE PREPARATION:
2. CAULKING AND PATCHING:
It is important that any and all cracks are sealed. The type of caulk will be different for whatever type of siding you have. Be sure to read them carefully to make sure you get paintable caulking. If it’s a non-paintable, whatever color caulk you get it will stay that color. The paint will just bead and you will not get the clean look you want. Make sure you seal all open joints to keep the moisture which will cause rot and mold. The fascia that has separated and split can be fixed with the caulking or a wood patch. (This is for areas that are not containing wood rot or termite damage. Those areas will need to be cut out and replaced.) Any spots that have chipped stucco you can patch with stucco patch.
Priming is the application of a base sealer that the paint will then be applied to. When it comes to the primer don’t take any short cuts. A good quality primer contains a high concentration of resin. The primer not only covers the old paint is also seals the surface and gives the new paint a nice surface to grip onto. Another thing I do when purchasing the primer is having it tinted the color of the paint or a shade or 2 off, lighter or darker doesn’t matter but getting it close does help when applying the paint. (You can read more about why it helps in my recent priming article.)
4. CHOOSING QUALITY PAINT:Picking out the color of paint isn’t the only thing to look at. Getting good quality paint will make the paint last longer. Did you know that hotter climates may have a paint quality just a little different than a colder climate? So be sure to check which one is best for the area you are in. Good paint is made up of acrylic latex. This is water-based paint and makes it for much easier clean up unlike the older oil-based paints and you had to use lacquer thinner or mineral spirits for clean up.
5. CHOOSING THE COLORS
Choosing the color may be an easy decision because you’re just going to freshen up the existing color, or you may know you want a change but just not sure what color you want. When picking the color try to go neutral body color and you can have a wider selection of color for the trim or anything you want to give that extra little “Pop” to. I have seen which I am sure you have also, been driving along and think, “What were they thinking with that color?” If you do not want to give off that impression or look go with the softer tans, greys, and whites. Remember you can add the darker or brighter colors without painting the entire house “that” color. You want to pick a color that not only looks good from the street and adds the curb appeal; you want a color that best suits you. When you pull into the driveway you get the feeling of “home.”