The day has come where you’ve finally decided you want to tackle a DIY project you may have been putting off for a while- painting the exterior of your home. Maybe you’ve recently renovated and you want the exterior to match the work you’ve done inside, or perhaps the paint on your home is chipping or otherwise becoming old and weathered and it’s ready for a new paint job.

Painting the exterior of your home can be a lengthy and somewhat complicated process, but that’s why we’re here to help guide you with some tips.

Be prepared for a DIY exterior paint job to possibly take an entire season, and depending on where you live, you’ll need to be mindful of the weather and temperature because painting during the wrong type of weather can have disastrous results.

If you don’t have the time to do so, it may be wise to hire a professional with lots of experience and guaranteed project completion timelines!

Now on to the tips!

1. Pressure wash the exterior of your home. No matter how clean your home may look on the outside, it will likely still need a good washing before you even consider painting it. This is because over time, whether it’s months or decades, dirt and grime tend to build up on the home and if it isn’t washed, your primer and paint won’t stick well or look too good.

Knocking down the large, visible junk such as wasp nests, leaves or spiderwebs is your main goal along with washing off dirt, dust and soot that has collected on the side of the house.

2. When choosing a paint color, be mindful of painting your home the same color or trying a darker shade. You could paint your home an extravagant color if you wish, but sticking close to or darker than the original color of your home’s paint will make the entire process just a little bit easier and quicker.

If you need help determining the paint color of the original, find an area of peeling paint, pull it off and take it to your local home improvement store for guidance on which color it is and they can likely match it.

3. Prime the exterior only when it’s needed. If the paint on your home is in pretty good condition, you may only need to prime a few spots here and there, which will save you tons of time. If, however, most of the exterior paint is chipping, peeling or just plain looks bad, you may have to prime the whole house before you begin which can be a lengthy and tedious process.

Areas such as bare wood, wood filler, rust stained areas or bare spots, may need priming. Primed areas may show through paint, so there is a chance you may need to apply an additional coat of paint to cover up spots of primer.

4. Minimize paint scraping whenever possible. There are very few people who actually enjoy scraping paint off of surfaces. After a couple hours of scraping paint, you’ll look forward to the comparatively easy job of putting the brush or roller to the walls and going for it.

If the edges of the old paint stay down and isn’t obviously chipped anywhere, you can probably leave it alone. However, if you find the entire house needs to be scraped, you should hire a professional painting company to get it taken care of as it is a lengthy and monotonous task and your efforts could be better put elsewhere.

5. Use a roller for painting flat surfaces. Paint rollers allow you to paint surfaces quickly and more efficiently than if you were to use a brush. Sounds great, right? Definitely…if you have a surface that lends itself to being painted with a roller.

Many surfaces however, such as shiplap, or other surfaces that might “catch” can make using a paint roller difficult. If your house has flat siding or large sections of flat siding, use a roller with an extension pole to cover the sections quickly.

6. Spray paint large areas. Depending on your home, paint spraying can both save time and waste it. Spraying helps to quickly disperse paint and cover every surface but at the same time, it takes a lot of prep work because everything around the house must be covered, such as landscape features and plants, vehicles, anything you don’t want paint on.

Within 20 feet of the paint being sprayed, there should be coverage with tarps, plastic etc. If it’s late in the summer however, and you’re done dealing with your lawn for the season, it may not be as much of a painstaking process.

If your home has lots of architectural details that require brush work, then you will need to mask those details before spraying and invest the time into using a brush.

7. Last but not least, be sure to clean your brushes and rollers! It may be the last thing you wish to do after a long day of painting, but it’s important to maintain the equipment you invested money in. Of course, if you’re trying to keep it cheap, you could buy disposable roller covers and paintbrushes, but taking care of quality equipment will save you more money in the long run.

For more tips on how to paint your home’s exterior, we recommend you check out the Spruce here and HGTV here.

After reading just a few of the steps and deciding that painting the exterior of your home is something you would rather not deal with, we would be happy to get it completed for you! We offer many painting services for both residential and commercial buildings, as well as lead paint removal and other paint removal services.

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