Warm weather months (June-August) are a great time to paint the exterior of your home. It will give your home that coveted curb appeal and attractiveness and also serve as a protective shield from the deteriorating effects of wind, water, sun, and mildew.
Here are some overall guidelines for freshening up the façade of your home.
Preparation Is Priority
Have All The Tools Ready At Hand– one of our paint experts can help you make sure you are stocked and ready for your exterior paint job but here are some important tools:
- Various size paint brushes and rollers
- Exterior-grade caulk and putty
- Drop cloths to protect shrubbery, walkways, and cars
- Protective eyeglasses or a face mask to protect against paint splatter
- Sturdy ladder to reach the high spots and a pot hook so you can hang the paint bucket from your ladder for easy access
Water-Blasting The Siding– this is the first major step in preparation. Water-blasting the siding will help get rid of debris. Use either a normal hose with a high powered spray attachment or a pressure washer. Trisodium phosphate (TSP) is a safe cleaning agent to use. To remove and prevent mildew, use a detergent with mildewcide or a mixture of 1 quart of household bleach in 3 quarts water. * Please note if your home was built before 1978, take caution before cleaning and removing paint because it may contain lead. You can purchase a lead paint test or have a professional test it.
Concentrate On Damaged Areas– once the surface area has been power washed, you can focus on the damaged areas.
- Scrape off flaking paint
- Repair surface flaws
- Remove old caulk and re-putty windows
- Sand over prime spots were repairs have been made to ensure a smooth area for paint to adhere to
Priming– The next step is priming. A paint primer seals porous surface materials so the topcoat won’t soak in and dry unevenly. It is also helps prevent peeling, rusting, and bleed through. Our paint department can help you decide whether to use an exterior latex or oil-based primer. If the exsiting paint is clean with no peeling or cracking, paint + primer in one can be used in two coats.
Calculating How Much Paint You’ll Need– A good rule of thumb for estimating is multiplying the length of each wall by its height, then add another 30 percent to be safe. Typically, 1 gallon of paint will cover 200-350 square feet. Also buy more than you think you’ll need- you can always use the extra paint to touch-up trim.
Application Is Easy
Once you’ve chosen the color and type of paint to use, you’ll need to decide on how you’ll apply it. This is actually less challenging than the preparation. Brushes and rollers will assist you best in getting into cracks and crevices, but a paint sprayer is the fastest way to get the job done. Opt for the technique you feel most comfortable doing.
Follow the “top-down” rule – work from the top down to get the most even coverage, and finish with the trim. Also, take care to paint into already wet paint, and not away from wet paint, making sure that there are no noticeable overlapping marks or shading nuances. Remember, paint dries to the touch in a half hour but is not fully cured for two weeks.
For more information, please visit our Paint Department and speak with one of our many paint associates. They can offer great advice and know how on your paint projects.