Painting your house’s exterior is not easy. Sometimes, you need to have a helping hand to do the task. However, if help is not handy, here are the following tips that you can do to make painting a breeze.
- Plan Ahead
Timing is important when you plan to paint your house’s exterior. Check the internet for weather reports on the days you are planning to do the painting. Select a season when there is less rain and has lower humidity. Paints will not dry if the surfaces are wet from the rain or fog.
- Choose Quality Paints
If you want the paints that could last a lifetime, you need to choose paint with good quality. Normally, they will be sold at a higher price but it is more economical than the cheaper paints. You need to coat fewer times which means it can cover more surfaces. And since it lasts longer, its cost is all worth it in the long run.
- Clean and Sand the Surface First
Paint will not properly coat dirty and rough surfaces. Clean the surfaces properly then sand them (or scrape if necessary) to create a smooth surface where paints can adhere well.
- Prepare and Sand Wood Surfaces
Woods that are rotten need to be replaced or be treated with wood hardener before they can be painted. Put wood filler on the part of the surface that are deteriorated then smoothen it with scraper or sand paper.
- Mix Same Colors
Multiple cans of paints with the same colors can be mixed on a larger container to ensure that the colors being applied are uniform in intensity. This is a step that most professionals use to save time and to create a well-balanced color on different parts of the house’s exterior.
- Paint from Top to Bottom
You always want to start painting the top part of the house going down. This way, it can help you control streaks because you are working with the gravity. Drips will happen, but this method will let you feather out drips in the direction that you are working.
- Cover the Landscape
Painting is a messy job so make sure to cover the ground, plants, bushes and other vegetation below the area you are working. Cover the amenities that can be found outside the house such as furniture, grills, hoses, etc. Cover them with rags or wrap them with old newspapers.
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