Want to revamp your home’s exterior? There’s nothing better than giving your house a fresh coat of paint to augment its curb appeal. Since painting can be a daunting task, here are some quick and easy steps to give your home a paint job like the pros.
Protect Your Lawnscape
There’s no denying how messy painting the exterior of your home can be. Consider tarping your patio area and shading vegetation using custom tarps before you begin painting. Move your outdoor furniture to safety, and securely wrap them with custom covers for robust protection from spills and splatters.
Once you are done painting, don’t forget to give your porch a thorough cleaning. Since the idea of giving your home a deep clean can be overwhelming, create your own checklist of deep cleaning musts.
Opt for High-Quality Paint
For those bright and beautiful exteriors that last long, investing in high-quality paints is what matters the most. You might need to shell a little extra, but you can rest assured of its impeccable finish for years to come. Moreover, high-quality paint offers more coverage, flows out evenly, requires less retouching, and doesn’t splatter much during the application.
While high gloss paints are not befitted for exterior wall paints, satin and eggshell are the best choices as they have high durability and are easier to clean.
Prep Up Exterior Surface
You may be tempted to get straight to painting, but diligent prep work is significant to a professional-looking finish.
- As paint doesn’t adhere to dusty and dirty surfaces, make sure exteriors are properly clean and dry. Additionally, it can later cause blistering and paint peeling. For convenient washing, use a pressure washer to quickly remove all grime and gunk.
- For best coverage and a smooth finish, remember to strip off the old paint first. Grab a basic scraper and chafe off old, chipped paint as you remove mold or mildew.
- Thoroughly clean the wood siding and trims before you sand rough surfaces as rugged wood is unable to hold paint very well.
Pick the Perfect Hues
From your home’s architectural style to the color of fixed house elements such as window and door trim, eaves, fascia, walkway, custom covers for outdoor furniture, and landscape influence the color scheme of your exteriors.
- It’s best to stick to one or a maximum of two hues, as more colors on the exteriors appear cluttered. You can incorporate different shades of the same color to add more depth and dimension and break the monotony.
- Better avoid black and dark hues for they reflect dust and make the surface appear dull and jaded in the long run. However, the pale shade of dark hues, mixed with light color looks splendid if used to highlight the focal structures of your house.
- There’s no denying how bright colors induce an extra appeal to your house since they attract the eye instantly.
Painting jobs that do not involve a precautionary primer coating often end up suffering from blemishes, craters, and blisters. The application of exterior primers before painting becomes essential to smooth out any signs of immature paintwork such as uneven brush strokes or blotchy spots. Additionally, priming also helps improve the adhesion of paint and increases the weatherability of the painted surface for withstanding the inclement weather for many years to come.
Caulking is the Key
Caulking is one of the professional tricks that can really boost the longevity of your exterior painting project. Caulk is a glue-like substance that seals cracks and seams between the siding and windows, or the siding and trim of your house.
Before getting started with the painting job, make sure you fill any gaps between the house and trim, around doors and windows using exterior caulk and caulk gun. For maximum coverage, apply a thick line of siliconized acrylic caulk over the seam and run back over it with your forefinger to create a smooth, flat seal.
Apply Two Coats of Paint
Whether you are painting new drywall, creating a textured wall to complement your attractive table cover and chair cover accents, or going for baseboard, one coat of primer followed by two coats of paint is a must for better coverage, impeccable finish, and greater durability.
Since many environmental elements such as moisture and sunlight adversely affect the exterior of your house, durable paint specifically designed for the exterior can create richer color and help prevent the single coat of paint from decaying and falling away, within just a few years.
Add Finishing Touches
Remember to add finishing touches to your exteriors once you are done painting. Paint the doors, fascia, molding, shutters, trims, windows, and other decorative details. All you need is a superior quality brush and a steady hand to highlight the accent details.
Painted porches, especially steps can become slick with a coat of paint. Make sure, you add a little bit of sand to the paint before painting to add traction and texture as you style your porch with breathtaking furniture covered with accent custom covers.