Exterior painting: Preparing, planning and executingIt’s important to keep your exterior paint fresh because it protects your home from the elements, and keeps your house looking well maintained.
By: Joanna Harris, ArticleCity, Forum News Service
There’s no telling what winter in the Northland can do to the exterior of your house. Snowbanks, ice and wicked gusts of wind can do a number on your house’s paint.
It’s important to keep your exterior paint fresh because it protects your home from the elements, and keeps your house looking well maintained.
Exterior painting can give a new and fresh look to your house. And if done with the proper tools, it’s quite an easy job. But before commencing exterior painting, you should consider a few aspects.
Preparation of the surface
This step is one of the most important steps. A well-prepared surface lets the paint adhere to the wall firmly. For preparation, you need to clean the surface of any dirt and debris. The wall should be dry; otherwise, paint will not stick to it. Use a heavy scraper to remove the falling chips and flakes of the old paint. Clean your walls properly to get a well-finished wall.
If the weather is bad, do not paint at all. Once it rains, your paint is likely to wash away and your house will look like a mottled mess.
First, check out which type of paint is on your house: latex, or oil-based. The same product sticks easily to itself. Do not apply one over another, as it will peel off quickly. To determine the type of paint, take a piece of sandpaper and rub it on a small area. If paint peels off in the form of balls, it is latex paint. If it is dusty, then it is oil-based.
Choosing the tools
Brushes are a better option than rollers. They
give a more even coat and can reach into crevices.
To paint any trim work, brushes are an obvious choice. If you have stucco or brick surfaces, rollers are better to work with.
You are working outside the home and you are not going to spoil your carpet or sofa. But still, you can spill paint on the grass or walkway. It’s a good idea to use a drop cloth and save yourself unnecessary cleaning.
Start painting from left to right and top to bottom. Try to make several light coats, rather than one heavy coat. With this method you can get even and neat paint. While painting larger exterior areas, sprays offer more effective coverage. Make sure to roll back after spraying.
While working on exterior painting, keep your brushes or rollers covered by a plastic sheet to prevent them from drying out.
Before you start your exterior painting job, collect all of the cleanup supplies you will need. While working with oil-based paints, keep a can of mineral spirits with you. If you do not clean spills immediately, it will be harder to clean them later. Clean your brushes at the end of the day to keep them in perfect condition.
In most cases, a ladder will not be good enough to reach all of the exterior areas of your house, so you may need scaffolding. Do not try to paint your house’s exterior by yourself; it may be too dangerous. Hire professionals who are trained, skilled and experienced in performing such tasks.