The good news is that there are a few painting tips and tricks that can help you get the job done quickly and efficiently. With just a few tips you will be able to complete your home improvement project in a fraction of the time.
In this blog post, we will discuss seven tips that you need to keep in mind when DIY painting the exterior of your home. We will also provide some helpful painting tips on how to prepare for the painting process and avoid common mistakes homeowners make when painting the exterior of their homes.
Benefits Of Painting The Exterior Of Your Home
While many people think of an exterior house painting project, they think it is as simple as throwing some exterior paint on the house and calling it good. However, this can’t be further from the truth.
Painting the exterior of your home requires you to plan ahead and buy all the painting tools and supplies you need before the project begins.
Painting the outside of your home might not be an easy task, but it offers several benefits like improving the curb appeal of your home and protecting your home from weather and other elements throughout the year. This means that applying new paint to your home will make your home look great and help prevent costly repairs that can result from exposed wood rotting or deteriorating over time.
Whether you’re planning to tackle the project yourself or call on the help of a few family members, following these seven tips will ensure that the job is done right.
1. Power Wash Your Home’s Exterior
One of the most important steps in prepping your home for a new coat of paint is to power wash the entire exterior of your home. This prep work will remove any dirt, grime, and other debris that has built up on your home over time and help the new layer of paint adhere to the surface of your home.
Removing dirt and debris from your home will allow the paint to adhere to the surface of your home. This means the paint job will look great since the paint will dry evenly across your home, and the new paint will last longer.
Depending on the size or your home, you should expect to spend at least 90 minutes pressure washing the siding and trim work around your home before you begin painting. Be sure to allow at least 5 days for the surface to dry, which will ensure you are not applying a new layer of paint over a wet surface.
When power washing your home, make sure you don’t have the press up too high. This will prevent you from tearing off layers of paint or damaging the surface of your home during this process.
You should also only use water at this stage because if you add soap to the power washer you run the risk of leaving residue on your home. This soapy residue can reduce paint’s ability to adhere to the surface of your home, and this can cause the paint to peel away.
Using a pressure washer on your home will help you clean out all the crevices while also cutting down the amount of time it takes to clean your home. Be sure to knock off all the big pieces of dirt and junk around your home like spider webs to ensure your DIY exterior painting project looks great for years to come.
2. Only Prime What’s Needed On Your Home’s Exterior
Another big time-saver when applying a fresh coat of paint to your home’s exterior is to only prime the areas that need it. In most cases, this means priming any bare wood or metal on your home’s exterior.
While priming might not sound like it will take a lot of time, the truth is that most of the time spent at this stage is climbing and repositioning ladders around your home. You want to minimize the number of times that you need to go up and down ladders and limit the number of times you need to reposition ladders around your home to cut down on unnecessary work.
Priming too many spots around your home could add unnecessary time to your overall project, and only priming bare wood or metal can save you hours overall. Not only do you need to move the ladders, you also need to give the primer enough time to dry before applying a fresh coat of paint. This can add hours to your home improvement project if you prime too many spots around your house.
If you’re painting over an existing layer of paint, you generally don’t need to apply a new layer of primer unless the old paint is starting to peel away or there are bare spots where the previous coat has worn away.
Applying primer can be a bit of a messy process, so be sure to lay down drop cloths or plastic sheeting around the area you’ll be working in to catch any splatters that might drop during the project. This will help protect your landscaping from any spills or drips and make cleanup much easier.
3. Don’t Scrape Too Many Spots Around Your Home
Once you’ve power washed and prepped your home for painting, the next step is to scrape away any old paint that’s peeling or flaking off. This step is important because a new coat of paint is likely to peel off if you apply it to a base layer of paint that is peeling and chipping away.
Scraping off paint that is peeling or flaking off is a great way to ensure the new coat of paint will adhere to the surface of your home. This step also helps make the final product look more professional, but it can also take up lots of time since you need to reposition ladders around your home as you scrape areas that are high up on your home.
You might be tempted to go around your entire house and scrape or sand all the old paint off with an electric sander or sandpaper, but this isn’t necessary. In most cases, you only need to remove any paint that’s loose or coming off in flakes.
In fact, scraping too much paint can actually damage the surface of your home and make it harder for the new coat of paint to adhere. Plus, you will likely need to prime all of these areas that you scrape, and this can add additional time to the overall project as discussed in the previous section.
If you’re not sure whether or not you should scrape a particular spot, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and leave it alone. It’s better to have a few spots of old paint that you need to cover in the future than to waste several hours scraping, sanding, and priming hundreds of spots around your home.
4. Paint Your Home The Same Color Or Darker
One of the quickest and easiest ways to paint your home’s exterior is to simply paint it the same paint color or darker than the first coat that you want to paint over.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many homeowners make the mistake of painting their home a lighter color than the original color.
Trying to paint your home with a lighter color than the original color will require you to spend more time applying a second (or third) layer of paint to cover up the old color.
If the original color is too dark, you might also need to apply primer to help mask the old color, and this can lead to hours of additional labor and add hundreds of dollars of supplies to your project.
It’s also important to remember that light colors will show any imperfections in your home’s surface much more than dark colors.
If you’re not confident in your ability to prep your home’s surface for painting, it’s best to stick with a darker color than the original color that you are trying to paint over.
5. Always Use A Paint Roller On Flat Surfaces
One of the fastest ways to apply paint to your home’s exterior is to use a paint roller on any flat surfaces like siding, trim work, and even gutters. Paint rollers can cover large areas quickly and evenly, and they’re much less likely to leave behind streaks or brush marks than a paintbrush.
While paint rollers will require more paint since they hold and apply thicker layers of paint on roller covers compared to paintbrushes, you will cut down the time it takes to paint an area with a paint roller compared to using a paintbrush.
Be sure to use an extension pole to reach areas that are out of your immediate reach instead of climbing up a ladder when possible. Again, you can shave hours off of the total time of your project by limiting the number of times you have to go up and down a ladder.
Why you should try to use a paint roller whenever possible, you should still use a paintbrush for any tight spaces or corners around your home. It’s also important to note that not all paint rollers are created equal.
For best results, use a high-quality microfiber roller sleeve designed for exterior painting. These sleeves are specifically designed to hold more paint and release it evenly, which will save you time in the long run.
6. Start With The Biggest And Most Visible Areas First
When you’re ready to start painting, it’s best to begin with the biggest and most visible areas first around your home. This might seem like common sense, but many homeowners make the mistake of starting with the smaller, less visible areas first and this approach can add hours to your project time.
Starting with the smaller areas first will likely result in you having to go back and touch up or repaint the larger areas later on. This can be a huge time-waster, and it’s much better to just get the big stuff out of the way first.
You should also start with the siding of your home first, then move to the trim work with a paint roller whenever possible (see the previous section for more information on that). This will cut down on the number of touch-ups around your home, and minimize drips or paint mixing during the painting project.
7. Always Use A Paint Sprayer
No matter the size of your project, a paint sprayer can cut an exterior painting project by 60% compared to painting walls by hand-rolling the same surface area by hand. Paint sprayers can quickly and evenly apply paint to more square feet of surface on your home compared to using a paintbrush or paint roller. Plus, paint sprayers are less likely to leave behind any streaks or brush marks.
Paint sprayers can also be used on smaller areas of your home like soffits and trim work, but it’s important to note that they will use more paint than a roller or brush. You should also only use a paint sprayer in these smaller areas if you are confident in your ability to control the spray so you don’t accidentally overspray and cause more clean-up at the end of the project.
For best results, use an airless paint sprayer with an adjustable nozzle so you can control the amount of paint that’s being applied.
When using a paint sprayer on your home, be sure to take the time to cover your windows and doors with a plastic sheet to avoid overspray from hitting these areas.
This step will take an hour or two, but it will save you hours of clean-up in the end and make the overall project look much better.
Save Time Painting Your Home With These Simple Tips!
Painting your home may seem like a daunting task, but following these simple tips can help make the process go quickly and smoothly. By preparing properly and using the right tools, you can have your home looking great in no time!