10 Steps On How To Paint Your Exterior
Quality Painting That Lasts
Quality Painting That Lasts
1. First, check to make sure there's no rain in the weather forecast. You'll
need to apply primer to any bare siding. For best results, allow the primer to
dry according to the manufacturer's recommendation. A sprayer or roller will
speed up the process.
2.Masonry surfaces always should be primed, especially if water stains
contain resins that bleed through water-based paints, so use an oil-based
primer on bare wood.
3.Paint the roof trim and soffits before the walls if they will be different
colors. This will keep the trim paint from dripping onto the newly painted
4.Paint the inside corners and around the trim. A corner roller or trim
brush is a great help when cutting in these areas.
5.On clapboard or shingle siding, paint the bottom edges of the siding
before painting the face. That way, you'll make sure you don't miss any
spots. A trim roller works great for this job.
6.Do the walls with a roller or a brush, starting at the top. If you're up on a
ladder, work carefully and don't overextend your arm -- it could throw you
off balance. Try to finish strokes directly in front of you so you can make
sure there's no drips. Paint one defined "block" at a time.
7. Placing the surface of the brush or roller against the siding gradually,  
Start each stroke by feathering the brush or roller. Feathering means
instead of abruptly. This eliminates a definite start line and makes it easier
to blend the next block of strokes into the present block.
8.Blend the strokes together by working quickly. It's important to blend
the new stroke into the completed stroke while the paint is still wet so you
can avoid lap marks. Never stop in the middle of a section. Paint to the
corner of the house so the paint color is consistent.
9.Move the ladder so you can just reach the completed block of siding. To
eliminate lap marks, rewet the feathered edges of the previously painted block
with your brush or roller just before you start each stroke. Repeat the process
until the top area is completed, then move on to the lower sections.
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When it comes to painting exteriors, there are all different kinds of siding you might encounter. You could
have cedar, plywood, hardboard, stucco, T-111 or masonry. Sometimes, you might have a combination. In
general, you should use an airless sprayer or a roller with a heavy nap for concrete, stucco, and brick. Use
a brush, a roller with a medium nap, or a power sprayer for any other materials. The following steps are
assuming you have all your prep completed.
The Painting Process
10.After all your body painting and trim painting are completed, the last step
is to do all your final touch up work. With no paint in hand, walk around your
house and look at the tiny details. When you find an area that needs a little
more work, or perhaps just a dab of paint, place a piece of blue painters tape
on the area and move on. Repeat this on the entire house. Then walk around
with your paint and complete all the touch-ups. You're done.
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