A few weeks ago, our blog focused on tips for interior painting. This week we will come back around and give you some tips for exterior painting. Exterior painting as a process is similar to interior painting, but you have important considerations you must also keep in mind. Read on to learn more about tips for exterior painting!
Preparing for Exterior Painting
The first step, as is with most home improvement projects, is to prepare. Preparing for exterior painting is incredibly easy. Just follow these steps:
- Test out the paint you want to use.
- Remove any surface contamination on the outside of your home.
- Don’t paint after it has rained, if there’s fog, or if it’s cold outside.
The Lineup Order for Exterior Painting
Useful Techniques for Exterior Painting
Proper techniques will result in professional-grade results. Here are some useful ways to make the most of your exterior painting experience!
- Using a brush: Start by holding the brush near its handle. Slowly dip the bristles into the paint, tapping the brush on the lip of the can to remove excess paint. Be sure you don’t wipe the paint on the side of the can! Put enough pressure when actively painting that the bristles bend slightly, but don’t put too much pressure on them either! For windows, choose a brush that is 1-2 inches, but for larger surface areas, such as doors, a 3-4 inch brush is better.
- Using a roller: Roll the roller in the paint tray. Use the ridges of the tray to remove excess paint. Smooth surfaces, vertical surfaces, and horizontal surfaces are all going to need slightly different approaches. For a smooth surface, cover about a two-foot square first, then cross roll the roller. For vertical and horizontal surfaces (especially siding), follow the direction of the siding. Cover four of its linear feet at a time, being sure to use a nine-inch roller cover.
- Using painter’s tape: When you are using painter’s tape, be sure to first apply it to the trim. This will create an even, striking line. Press down or otherwise smooth the tape. A putty knife or a credit card are useful for this step. This will keep paint from getting in under the edge of the tape. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape. By this point, you should be able to peel it back over itself.
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