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Proper Equipment And Process To Paint Exterior Of Home
One of the hardest DIY tasks as a property owner will involve painting the exterior of your house. It looks simple but there are multiple steps to go through, and it has a uniqueness to it that can't be matched outside.
It's important to consider going with the right solution and maximizing your potential to do a good job.
Here is everything you are going to need to know before you step outside and start painting the exterior of your house. As long as you have this information on hand, the house will look as desired by the end of the project.
Let's begin with the materials you have to pick up from the local home hardware store:
1) 100% Acrylic Latex Paint (Recommended)
2) Paint Brushes (Various Sizes)
5) Paint Sprayer
6) Sand Paper
8) Safety Glasses
9) Putty Knife
11) Wood Filler
12) Chemical Paint Stripper
Step 1: Select Paint
Before anything else, you have to go ahead and choose the paint you will be using for the exterior of your house. It is best to go with a 100% acrylic latex paint because it is going to last.
You don't want to use paint that might have worked indoors because it won't be sufficient.
You need to put in the time to learn what works and what does not. Start here and pick a color you desire. Take your time with this process since it is a major requirement.
Step 2: Cleanse Surface With Pressure Washer
You need to cleanse the surface before doing anything else. This will remove all of the dirt and grime that can develop on the surface through general environmental damage.
Don't start painting on a dirty surface as it will lead to awful results.
This is a mistake that can't be made so use a pressure washer to do the job.
Step 3: Repair Surface
Now, you want to start working on repairing the surface. Look to find all of the damaged areas and work on fixing them. You can use wood filler if necessary to fill in those areas and eliminate the chances of those opening up after the painting has been done.
Ignoring these might not hamper you now, but they will open up in the long-term. It happens all the time so don't take a risk!
Step 4: Remove Old Paint
The next step is to remove the old paint that was already in place. It might be chipping away and not look as good as it used to. This is why you have to remove it.
Take your time here and make sure all of it is removed with an appropriate solution before moving forward.
The best option is a chemical stripper for this job as it can easily be applied and you won't need to wait long for the paint to come off.
Step 5: Caulk Trim
Work on the trip to make sure you have it ready to be painted on. Too many property owners forget about this when they're painting. You don't want to be one of them at all.
The caulk will ensure any chips or cracks that develop can be sealed up before they widen.
Stay patient as you do this, so you don't miss a crack or don't fill one as necessary.
Step 6: Prime Stains
Move onto the next step where you're going to be priming the stains for appropriate results.
It doesn't matter what climate you live in; primers are necessary for the exterior of your house. Don't overlook this and find the best primer you can to do a good job. Remain thorough as you apply it.
Step 7: Set Up Protection
You will now need to set up protection for the trims, doors, and windows. This will ensure excess paint doesn't overflow from the other parts of your house. It is essential to avoid making a mess.
What type of protection si fine for this task?
Apply tape as it will help protect the bad areas of your property.
Step 8: Paint Larger Surface
Painting a larger surface is always a good idea for those who are looking to save time while getting started. Use a larger roller or paint sprayer for this task especially if you have the taping in place.
It will save a lot of time.
Make sure to do two coats if you have the money. It will make the color pop and maintain the paint's integrity for longer.
Step 9: Paint Smaller Surfaces (Trims and Doors)
The final step in the process as you get closer to finishing involves the smaller surfaces. Remove the tape and get to work. Make sure to apply the same rules to the smaller surfaces as well (i.e. two coats).
There you have it! You are done and the exterior of your house can sit until it dries. You will adore how it looks at the end!
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