How to Paint the Exterior of a House
Painting the exteriors of a house is often considered one of the most boring and time consuming jobs in the human life. Not only does it require extensive patience but the careful eye to look for mistakes and miss outs, which most of us lack thanks to our busy lives. However, painting is the very last step to the completion of a house and is the most visible one. Thus, it needs to be essentially well done. Here are a few tips to help out those who are willing to or thinking of painting house exteriors:
- Painting exteriors should never start in the wet months. Wait till the monsoon or the damp months are gone. Experts say, on a moisture meter, the mark should be below 12 percent for you to start painting.
- Don’t paint when the temperature is below 50 degrees and check the forecast to know more.
- The most important part of painting, be it exteriors or interiors is the preparation – much more important than the actual painting.
- When you start off with the job of painting the exterior of your house, it is ideal to choose a position which will be in shade till the time you finish the work that day. The reason behind this is that direct sunlight can cause harm to the fresh paint, leading to blisters and lap marks.
- Start from the top and work downwards, paint the eaves and gutters first. That way, there will be a better chance to match the color of these with the wall.
- On clapboard surfaces, work from one side to the other. One way to reduce lap marks on these surfaces is to paint multiple boards across the house till you complete.
- On clapboard siding, you should ideally begin painting the area where two of these boards overlap each other. The narrow side of the brush can be used to force some paint up below the lap.
- Try to coat the majority of the portion of the board you can reach with ease and then shift to a wider brush to paint the surface of the board.
- Now it is not possible to continuously paint the entire house. You ought to take a break and this becomes a crucial time for the brushes being used as well as the paint as they tend to dry then and develop a skin. This might make your job difficult once you return. So, cover the paint brushes, paints, rollers and trays with a plastic when you take a break. Put on the lids on paint cans.
- Remove excess paint by moving the heel of the brush at times over the mouth of the can. This will prevent the paint from building up on the heel of the brush.
- Last but not the least, but good quality paint brushes, rollers and paint. Even if you cannot afford an expert, talk to the local paint store for advices and they will be glad to guide you.