An excellent way to bring the exterior of your home back to life is by coating it with fresh paint. The application of a new batch of paint to the exterior of the house is a pretty affordable way to make your house look beautiful and new again. On top of that, the paint acts as a protective layer to the house.
To make your house look visually appealing the exterior paint should be applied correctly. There are different paints available for different exteriors types such as vinyl, masonry, aluminum, wood, or stucco. A little basic idea of the painting, knowledge on choosing the correct paints and having good quality coats/ applicators surely helps. To achieve that professional finish, read on to learn the step-by-step procedure of painting a house exterior.
- Surface Prep-up
First focus on preparing the surface so that the final result turns out to be impressive and long-lasting. It’s essential that the surface is smooth and clean.
A new house needs minimal surface prep-up as compared to an old house needing re-paint.
- The exterior walls require thorough examination
- Any form of old paint chipping or peel-off need to be smoothed out or else the fresh paint would not stick.
- Mildews should be destroyed completely by spraying chlorine bleach solution on the affected areas.
- The whole exterior needs to be cleaned meticulously. Every speck of dirt and old paint must be washed away leaving a clean and smooth surface.
- Patch-up with Caulk
The next step shifts focus on patching up all the faulty areas in the exterior with caulk. These faults may be any form of cracks in the wall or any joints, surfacing on the exterior area of the house. They encompass-
- Frames- both doors and window
- Fascia boards
- Primer Application
Before painting the exterior, using a primer is a must. To prime the exterior walls use a sealer of premium quality. The resin content in sealer is very high which helps build a top-notch surface by locking the whole thing perfectly. This works brilliantly when applied on old paints to make the surface befitting for painting.
Tips for sealing different types of walls:
- Pick a chalky wall sealer to re-paint exterior that has become dusty or chalky.
- A latex primer suits Vinyl and wood siding
Let the sealer/primer stand for as long as advised in the label. This is very important for best results.
- Select the Finest Exterior Paint
Those exterior paints that are 100% acrylic latex are considered to be of finest quality.
The 3 primary elements that the formula includes are- pigments (gives color), binder (pigment seizer) and, solvents (paint spreader). The higher the volume solids the better is the quality of the paint. The volume solids are the pigments and binders that are left after the paint dries up with the solvents evaporating away. For the paint to last longer, the binder needs to be higher.
There are two ways to qualitycheck your paints. One is to browse through the manufacturer’s online site. The other is to get hold of a Technical Data Sheet from the local vendor. An easy way is to check whether there are ‘premium’/ ‘super premium’ labeled in the paint buckets.
- Choosing Colors
This can be quite a confusing job. So here are some simple tips to help you make the right color choice:
- Remember bright colors tend to grow pale quicker. Muted shaded can be a good pick
- Select colors that go well with the material of your roof.
- To zero down on a color out of 2 or 3 shades, you may apply a sample patch on the exterior wall. Check it at different hours of the day and then decide.
- Spraying and Rolling technique
Painting the exterior of a house with spray and role method is an ideal and easy way. You will need another person with you. The first person needs to spray and the other person needs to roll immediately so that the paint covers the surface uniformly. Bright color paint will need a second coating. To save windows from spray paints use plastic covering.
- Final Strokes
The concluding task is painting the shutters, doors, and ornamental items etc. on the exterior of the house. Of course, if you have a steady hand you can paint them with just a brush. If you can spend a little extra then buy a 6-inch roller to finish it quicker.
Methodically painting your home exterior this way can last up to a decade. The quality of material used and climate condition also play a vital role in the paint durability.