How To Paint Your House Exterior

Repainting your house might not seem exciting but it can do miracles for the appearance of your home (and the eventual value if you decide to sell it). We are sharing with you some of the most important steps towards painting the exterior of you house perfectly, along with some helpful tips.

1. Preparation

Firstly, you need to get rid of the parts of the paint that are peeling or blistering.

You need to remove the old layer of paint. Especially if there are some parts of the surface that are peeling and blistering.

In order to have a smoothly painted exterior, you need to scrape all unnecessary parts of the surface.
You can use a paint scraper or a wire brush but remember that doing this by hand is less damaging to the surface than using power tools.

A little pro-tip: It's always best to repaint when the weather is nice.

Choose a good paint.

Opt for high-quality paint.

If you want your efforts to be worth it and not have to repaint your house again soon, buy a more expensive paint that you know will last long. Also if your material is not such high quality, it would take longer for the coats to dry.

Also, cheaper paints tend to dry much slower which is a real pain in itself.

Use sandpaper to smooth all uneven spots.

2. Priming – a type of surface coating used for evening the surface

We use primer as a foundation. It helps the paint stick on the surface. The primer you want to use actually depends on your choice of paint(if your paint is for metal surfaces then use metal primer).

3. Painting

Our advice is to use acrylic paint. Here are two of it's advantages: it doesn't mildew and it doesn't blister.

A little pro-tip: Mix all cans of paint you're going to use(of the same colour)to make sure you have a uniform colour.

You can paint with a sprayer but we don't recommend it if you've never used it before. It will save you time but since you've never tried it you might spray uneven.

The second way is to use a brush. This does take a little more time but it's more precisely done.

A little pro-tip: Cover all parts of the house that you're not going to be painting such as lamps and flower hangers.

For best results apply two coats of paint.

A little pro-tip: Start from the top. That way the paint will roll down and if you mess it up you can always fix it when you start painting below.

4. Finishing

Clean all your brushes. Don't leave paint in them because it will ruin them.

A little pro-tip: If you have some paint left, make sure you put the lid on the can so your paint won't dry and you can use it if some part needs a little touch-up.

We hope this helped. Repainting the whole house is not an easy task but we're sure that once you see it done you will be very proud.  

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