Make your house look nice with a fresh coat of paint
Few home-maintenance projects are as important as exterior painting because paint and caulking form the first line of defense against rain, snow and ice. A nice paint job will also enhance the curb appeal and resale value of your home.
When to paint
You should repair and repaint as soon as you notice paint starting to crack, blister and peel. Ignoring these problems will lead to a much more extensive and expensive job.
Most paint manufacturers offer a wide variety of paints ranging from good to better to best. As a general rule, budget how much you want to spend on the project and then buy the best paint you can reasonably afford because cost is an excellent indication of quality. Expensive paints contain more pigments than bargain paints so they produce a thicker, longer-lasting, more protective coating.
Read the label
There’s a wealth of information printed right on the can that can help you produce a beautiful paint job. Pay particular attention to the instructions about prepping the surface and outdoor air temperature.
Prepare the surface
For the new paint to adhere to the surface, clean the house’s exterior of all dirt, grime, mildew and chalky residue. A power sprayer provides the easiest method, but hand scrubbing with a stiff-bristle brush is just as effective.
Start in the shade
Whether using a paint sprayer, roller or brush, begin painting on the shady side of the house. Then, wait for the sun to move and do the other side, or just wait for an overcast day. Sun will often cause paint to dry too quickly.
Work your way down
Start painting near the top of the house and work your way down. Avoid Lap marks by always brushing from one wet surface to another. Since you’ll be working high up, remember ladder safety and don’t overreach too fair to the side or you might topple over.
When adding a fresh coat of paint, your house will look amazingly new and stand the test of time.