These long fall and winter months are unkind to the exterior of our houses with leaves falling from the trees and cluttering gutters and drains; as well as, the outside surfaces being exposed to the elements. At this time, you are not going to want to go outside and touch up the paintwork. And, to be honest, why would you?
Once the winter is out of the way, you may look at your house’s exterior and think it needs lightening up or a bit of touching up. This is when budding DIY enthusiasts will consider doing the exterior painting by themselves. However, the success of the project is reliant upon thorough planning and following some careful steps.
Once you have decided to paint the exteriors of your house, you need to start thinking about your plan of attack. This stage is crucial as exterior painting is a massive undertaking which can quickly go off the tracks quite quickly, resulting in lost time, money, and patience!
So decide if you can realistically do the job yourself and allocate a realistic timescale. From there you can start deciding on whether you are just going to touch up the existing paintwork or go for a completely new look altogether.
Before you get started, you need to make sure you have all the materials you need for all stages of the process. Depending on the size of your house you will need some or all of the following:
- Plastic Sheeting
- Hose/Pressure Washer
- Wire Brush
- Caulking Gun
- Paint Rollers and Brushes
- Rolling Trays
- Paint Sprayer
Once you have all the necessary tools and materials, you can start prepping the surfaces ready for the new coat of paint.
This is probably one of the most critical stages of exterior painting and should be done thoroughly. Dirt and Flaking Paint will need to be removed from the surfaces, and then the surfaces need to be washed or spray cleaned to remove any other materials such as mold, animal droppings, tree sap, etc.
Repair Any Damage
If there are any holes or cracks in the surface, then you will need to fill them before going any further. This can be easily done using a filler.
Prime the Surfaces
Now, you are ready to prime the exterior surfaces, which is a crucial stage in the project. You need to prime any surface you are planning to paint to ensure that the paint bonds with the surface once you apply it. Failure to do this stage can result in an uneven finish or the need to redo the job in a matter of months, not years!
This is at least a two-man job and will take a lot of time, so don’t rush through it if you want to look back on this project with pride. A paint sprayer can save lots of time if you are repainting large areas, but they won’t always be the best tool for the job. Therefore, it is crucial that you buy the correct paint and have a selection of brushes and rollers on hand for different parts of the walls.
It sounds quite simple, but painting exteriors are one of the most complicated jobs you can undertake around the home. So, make sure you are realistic about your time frame and don’t underestimate the level of work required. Many people get to the planning stage and decide it will be a lot easier to hire a contractor. However, if you are determined to do the project yourself, be prepared for frustration with difficult to reach places and the weather not being cooperative.
One thing which is not in doubt is that when you complete this project, your handiwork will be the envy of the whole neighborhood and a source of pride for yourself.