The exterior of your house is the first thing that people notice when they walk up to your home. This first impression means even more if you’re thinking about selling your home. For many people, the appearance of a home’s exterior determines how they view its interior. If you’re looking for ways to increase your home’s curb appeal, you should consider painting your home’s exterior. Exterior painting is much more cost-effective than installing new siding, especially if you’re painting your home yourself. Continue reading for eight tips to keep in mind as you consider painting your home’s exterior.
Wash the Walls
Use a pressure washer to wash the exterior of your home before you start. You may be surprised just how much grime and dirt build-up on the outside of the home.
Inspect the exterior for damage and repair it before you paint. It doesn’t make any sense to put it off – the new paint won’t hide the issue very well, and depending on the damage, your work may be undone by the repair.
Remove Loose Paint
Another helpful exterior painting tip is to remove any loose or peeling paint from the exterior after all the washing is done. If it is already coming off, putting a new coat on won’t tack it back down forever. It could cause the fresh paint to bubble, chip, or peel.
Use caulk to fill in any remaining minor holes or gaps between the different sections or materials of the exterior. Use a caulking gun and quality exterior paintable caulk.
Take the time to cover stains specifically with primer and let that dry before priming the whole exterior. Opt for a stain-blocking primer so that the damage doesn’t continue.
Protect What’s Not Being Painted
Anything that you can’t move out of the way and you don’t want paint on should be covered with plastic, tape, and other protective gear. This includes any glass in the doors and windows, fixtures, and lights.
Start in the Large Areas
Once you’re ready to paint, start with the large areas. Cut in as needed, and roll the paint onto the walls to cover the large areas as efficiently as possible. Don’t forget to check out our painting safety tips.
Do Doors and Trim Last
Leave the doors and trim for last, and do these parts with a paintbrush. Don’t rush the process – you’ve put a lot of energy into the project, and make sure you’re not making careless mistakes. Don’t forget to watch for drips and clean them up as you go.
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