Although painting the exterior of your house seems simple enough, there are many things that you need to know to do it properly. Here is some information to use when planning a house painting project.
Plan for Dry Weather
To properly paint a house, you need to know when it is the best time to paint. Painting needs to be done when the weather is dry and the humidity is low for the paint to adhere to the house. If the humidity is high, then the surface of the wood or siding will likely be wet, which will prevent the paint from sticking to the surface.
If you live in a planned community, then check with the homeowners’ association for their paint restrictions. They may only allow certain colors to be used on homes within the community and some HOAs will require a paint plan to be submitted for approval. To avoid complications and possible fines, check with the association when you are planning your house painting project.
Clean and Sand
Paint won’t adhere to dirty or rough surfaces so you should clean the outside of the house before you start to paint. After power washing the surface, allow it to dry and then scrape or sand away peeling paint and other rough spots. If you find rotten wood siding or window frames, take the time to replace them because paint will not adhere to rotten wood. Then, after preparation is finished, you can begin applying new coats of primer.
Use Primer First
Before you start applying paint, you need to use a primer first. Although you can follow the old rules by applying a coat of primer, sanding down rough areas, and then applying paint, many brands now combine primer and paint. While you will pay a bit more for it, it can cut down on the work that you will need to do since everything goes on in one coat instead of two or more.
Instead of painting from each can as needed, use a five-gallon bucket and combine all the paint in the bucket. Even though they may have the same color printed on the sides of the cans, the paint shade can vary and it may not look the same when it goes onto the house. To avoid this problem, mix all the paint together in the bucket to guarantee that it is all the same shade.
Get the Good Stuff
Do not skimp when you’re buying paint for your house. Although you can purchase discount brands in hopes of saving money, you will usually need more paint as it will require more coats to cover the house. Better-quality paint brands may only need one or two coats to completely cover the surface so even though it may be more expensive, you end up using less paint.