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Exterior Home Painting Tips

Procoat Painting - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Painting the exterior of your home is an easy and cost-effective way to add value, protect your investment, and put your own individual statement into the neighborhood. To achieve a durable and long-lasting paint job, the first step is preparation, and the second step is using a quality coating. 

Because different surfaces require different preparations and coatings, it is important to discuss your home’s materials — whether drywall, plaster, stucco, brick, or wood — with a trusted expert, whether it’s a professional painter or your local paint retailer.
Here’s a quick tip to get you started in the right direction…

Preparing to Paint the Exterior

Before you even think about opening a can of paint, remove as many items as you can (planters, mailboxes, shutters, house numbers, hoses, outdoor furniture, light fixtures, toys, etc.) from the area you’re going to paint. Be sure to protect any bushes, plants, or items that can’t be removed by covering them up with drop cloths. You can also put drop cloths under the areas you plan to paint.

Next, be sure to clean (for some surfaces, you may have the option to power wash for this step), repair (fill in holes or cracks with caulk, remove and replace damaged wood trim, etc), and prime all surfaces before painting.

Once the primer coat has dried, you’re ready to paint. Remember to mix your paint thoroughly before you start painting–and continue to stir it during use. Start with the body of the House.

When tackling your exterior house painting project, you can use either a brush, or a roller. Most projects require both at different times. Rolling can save you some time, but you will still need to use a brush for corners, trim, and doors.

Derek commented on 31-Jan-2018 08:23 AM
My wife and I are getting ready to paint our house, so thanks for the tips on getting started. I like that you suggest covering any plants and bushes with a cloth first. We don't want to mess up our yard with spilled paint, so we'll be sure to do this.
Taylor Bishop commented on 17-Apr-2018 06:11 AM
Thanks for explaining some tips for painting the exterior of the home. I'm glad that you explained that you should try to clean the surfaces first. This seems like a good way to paint over a new surface, in a sense, and may help give the best results.
Gary commented on 18-Apr-2018 09:14 PM
Hey there, great article. It's tough to make something like house painting into an interesting article but I feel you've done a good job.

And as far as the prep work, A big, heartfelt YES!

I feel like so many customers overlook the importance and time involved in properly powerwashing and prepping any paint project, and that's not to mention repairing any trim, filling cracks and holes, and then priming for maximum effect.

Thanks so much for this fantastic article, I'll definitely be showing some of my potential clients this blog.
Chuck commented on 20-Jun-2018 06:56 PM
Good Article!
It's great you mention prepping and filling holes. Most people forget that until they are painting and if you don't fill those holes you will not have a clean looking paint job.
Thank you!
House Painter Maple Valley commented on 16-Oct-2018 11:06 PM
Great tips!
We rarely see stucco homes in our area, what do you use to prep those homes?
We have tons of cedar siding homes in PNW and we power wash, dry them very good and start painting after prepping work such as caulk.

Thank you!

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