How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

The moderate warmer weather of spring is the perfect time for exterior house painting. Although you can paint any time, it is best when the temperatures aren’t extreme and the humidity is low. There are a few factors to keep in mind when painting outdoors such as the type of paint, the tools you’ll need, and the proper steps to take. Here are some tips to help you paint the exterior of your home and boost curb appeal.

Choosing Paint

After you choose the color for your home, you’ll need to purchase paint. There are two basic types of exterior paint: water-based latex and oil-based. Each has its pros and cons, but both will provide good results.

For example, latex paint can be cleaned with just soap and water, which means clean-up is quick and easy. Oil paint requires mineral spirits to clean. Latex paint is generally low-odor and dries quickly. However, many professional painters recommend oil-based paint because it is more durable, the color stays vivid for a long time, and it doesn’t stain easily.

Prepare the Surface

Whether you choose latex or oil-based paint, you must prepare the surface so the paint will adhere properly. First, remove the old paint and then clean the entire exterior of the house to remove all dust, debris, mildew, etc. If any walls have nails, remove them with a hammer and fill the holes with exterior caulk to make the surface uniform and smooth.

Use a Brush and Roller to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

This is a question that everyone asks when they are planning to paint. Do I use a roller or a brush? The answer is both. Each has its purpose. The roller is ideal for painting larger parts of the exterior where the surface can be covered quickly. A brush is better for narrow surfaces, corners, and edges where it is difficult or impossible to reach with the roller.

Read the Label

A common mistake people make when painting their homes is not reading the paint label. Normally, manufacturers include instructions on proper application. For example, the manufacturer might recommend how to prepare the surface and mention weather conditions during which it is best applied. Some brands also include information on how much surface area the paint will cover. This is useful for exterior house painting because it helps you avoid waste.

Avoid Painting Your House in Direct Sun

It is best to paint on a partially cloudy day and avoid direct sunlight, as the surface will be hot and the paint will dry too quickly. This can cause the paint to not adhere properly to the surface and blistering may occur.

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