When it comes to house painting, nothing renews a home’s appearance better than a freshly painted exterior. Skillfully applied paint communicates pride of ownership. The following steps will take you through the process of painting the exterior of a home, from color selection and prep work to the last, but extremely important finishing touches.
There are so many choices when it comes to color selection that making a decision can be challenging. A good way to get started is to drive through your neighborhood, and others for that matter, to get some ideas. It’s also a good idea to plan around the exterior elements of your home that are the trickiest to change like stonework tiles, shingles, etc. Consider undertones between these special elements, whether they’re warm or cools tones, until you come to with a color that ties all the elements together harmoniously says Bob Pergolotti of Fairfield County Painters. You’ll also want to consider the home’s architectural style and age.
Choose High Quality Exterior Paint
Invest in a high quality exterior paint – this isn’t a place to pinch pennies. A good exterior paint will be 100% acrylic latex. High quality, well known brands will be labeled as such with the word “premium” included.
Give it a Good Cleaning
A good cleaning is necessary prior to painting your home’s exterior. Removing dirt and old, broken down paint residues will ensure that the new paint will adhere and also removes mold and mildew. Most house painting professional use pressure washers, however, these tools can be destructive in the hands of an amateur.
Patch and Fill
Before you start painting you’ll need to seal all cracks and joints where different exterior materials come another (door and window frames, molding, etc.). If your exterior has an aged stucco surface with pits or chips, patch them with new stucco and wait the appropriate amount of time for it to cure (read the product’s instructions).
Primers are designed to penetrate, seal, and produce a great surface for the top coats to adhere to. You can use acrylic primers on most surfaces, however oil based coatings need to be used on redwood or cedar because they lock in the reddish-brown extractives common with these woods. These extractives can end up leaching out rusty looking stains if primed with a water-based primer.
Exterior House Painting
Most house painting professionals use sprayers because it’s a lot faster, however, in inexperienced hands a high-powered sprayer can end up applying coats that are too thin, leave unsightly drips and a misting of paint can end up on the home’s special elements. A professional house painter will be meticulous about covering, removing and masking off everything that could potentially get hit with overspray, including the roof, gutters, windows, the car, walkways, shrubbery, etc.
Last but certainly not least is adding the finishing touches to the exterior, painting the fascia, doors, shutters, molding and other ornamental details. Adding the finishing touches is usually performed by hand using a quality brush. While you can save a little time by using small paint rollers, there aren’t any short cuts when it comes to achieving a professional finish.
A great exterior house painting job will extend the life of the siding and trim and even increase the overall value of your home. That said, it’s a big job that requires skill so if you don’t have house painting experience, you may want to consider hiring a professional.