Properly Painting a Home’s Exterior

Not only does repainting the outside of your home transform the look, it also protects your investment. Paint is used as a shield from sun, wind and rain until the paint starts to crack and peel. Give your home a fresh, updated look by following these steps to properly paint your home’s exterior.

Step 1: Wash

Like any paint job, removing dirt and dust buildup is important to ensure best coverage. A hose, pump sprayer, pressure-washer or scrub brush are all effective ways to clean the exterior your home.

Step 2: Repair Damaged Surfaces

After cleaning, make note of any damaged areas around your home including wood, masonry, metal, siding or stucco. After applying filler to all spots, lightly sand with a sanding block for a smooth surface.

Step 3: Lose Loose Paint

Surround all areas with drop cloths before removing clipped or loose painting using a paint scraper or sand block.

Step 4: Caulk Fill

Around doors and windows, fill gaps between your home and trim using caulk.

Step 5: Notice Stains

Walk around the outside of your home to locate all stains. To help cover stains, apply one coat of stain-blocking primer prior to painting.

Step 6: Cover Everything

Anything you do not want the same color as your future house, cover it. Doors, windows and light fixtures all need to be protected by using plastic sheeting and painters tape.

Step 7: Time to Paint

After steps 1 through 6, the fun part has arrived. By using a paint sprayer, apply one to two coats of flat or eggshell exterior paint over the entire house. Work your way from top to bottom in a smooth and controlled manner. Take your time; this is not a sprint.

Step 8: Door & Window Trim

Remove the plastic sheeting and painters tape from doors and windows to add one to two coats of outdoor paint to all trim.

Step 9: Enjoy!

After you have completed all steps, take a look at your hard work and enjoy your home upgrade!