Glorious Exterior Painting Effects
A good and professionally executed exterior painting job will increase and extend the life span of your siding while also ensuring to enhance and increase the value of your house. As a result, it is important to learn the best techniques necessary for applying paint quickly and thoroughly in order to achieve the glorious exterior painting effects. Painting the exterior of your house is a huge job; but the rewards are great too. With a minimum investment in tools and materials, you’ll save thousands of dollars, improve the health of your siding - trim and increase the value of your home. Best of all, you’ll make it look like new again.
While you may spend a substantial amount on tools and paint, the same job done by a pro could easily cost many times more. The savings come at a cost, though. A good paint job requires countless hours of careful preparation; learn the benefits of power washing. Plan to devote a lot of time to prepare and paint even a medium-size house. In this article, we’ll show you how to apply the final coats of paint (high-grade acrylic latex) for a durable, professional-looking finish. Preparation is a separate topic covered in other articles and should be extensive!
Buy high-quality painting tools
Applying topcoats (the final coats of paint) doesn’t require much equipment beyond what you’ve already accumulated for scraping and priming. We recommend buying at least two top-quality Purdy brushes for applying the latex paint: one 4-in. straight-bristled brush for large areas and a 1-1/2-in. angled sash brush for detail work.
For applying paint to large areas of wood siding, stucco or brick, buy a roller setup consisting of a heavy-duty roller cage (this is the handle part); top-quality 3/4-in. Purdy roller covers, one for each color (you’ll wash and reuse them); and a roller screen. Standard 9-in. rollers are good for large, flat areas. Buy the 4-in. size for rolling siding and other narrow areas if your house has them. You’ll also need a few clean 1-gallon paint cans and a clean 5-gallon bucket. Having a boom box on hand could just save your mind while painting a house.
Check the weather
- Avoid painting in direct sunlight. The heat dries the paint too fast, making it nearly impossible to avoid lap marks. It can even cause blistering and peeling.
- Avoid painting on very windy days. The wind causes the paint to dry too fast and can blow dirt into wet paint.
- Don’t apply latex paint when the temperature is below 40 degrees F unless it’s formulated for cold weather application. Read the label to be sure. Don’t paint when there’s a chance of rain. Paint stores can help with colors and quantities.
Choosing exterior paint colors that complement the architectural details of your house and fit the character of your neighborhood is the first step to a great paint job. Check out painter blogs and libraries for books on the subject. You’ll find brochures at the paint store with collections of historic colors. Many paint stores have designers on staff who can help you choose colors, or you could hire a designer or architect.