How to Paint the Exterior of Your House

Painting the exterior of your home doesn’t only increase the aesthetic appeal of the property, it can also increase the value of the home, as well as protect the structure of the building itself. Since you will have to invest time and money into this project, getting it right the first time will help you avoid having to redo the entire job within only a few months.

Preparing the Surface of the Property

Before you can begin painting, you will need to sand down the surface of the property, and give it a good cleaning. You don’t want to paint over dirt and debris; if the surface is not smooth when you run your hand along it, you might end up making a mess of things.

Adding a Coat of Primer

Once the surface has been properly cleaned, you should then apply a thin primer coating. Remember, you can either use a primer that is the same colour as the paint you wish to use on the building, or you need to make use of one that is a plain color (such as white or gray). Since the primer is going to ensure that the paint looks better and lasts longer, it is just as important as the paint itself.

Getting Ready to Apply the Paint

Just before you begin painting the property, you should make sure that there are no blobs of primer sticking to the surface of the walls. The entire area should be smooth before painting can begin, so be sure to conduct your inspection thoroughly, checking corners and areas where the surface of the property might not be even.

Protecting the Windows and Trimming

Apply masking tape to those areas that you do not want to get covered in paint, such as the windows and the trimming. Remember, there are times when accidents will happen, so don’t skip this step.

Applying The First Coat of Paint

When applying the initial coat of paint, you will either make use of rollers, hand brushes or spray paints; be sure to cover the walls evenly no matter which tools you choose to use. Once you are done with the first coat, you will need to sand the exterior down again, to ensure that the surface is smooth once more. Of course, this is something that you will need to take care of only once the paint has dried.

Applying the Final Coat of Paint

When applying the final coat, you will need to do so with a roller or a hand brush. Be sure to apply it evenly to the surface of the walls, and follow the grain of the wood. When you have completed this final coat, you will then need to remove the tape from the windows and trimmings so that you can accent the colour of the property with another hue, which will be applied to these areas. Professional paint mixers will be able to assist you in picking out the appropriate colours for the task, so turn to them in the event that you require some advice.

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Fleur Rowan works for WhatNewHomes, a site that offers advice and help to those looking for flats to rent in the UK.

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