How To Paint A House Exterior Plus Painting Tips

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Professional Painters In The Vancouver Area Should Be Following A Process Like This When They Paint A House Exterior

There are endless variances when it comes to the house painting process. But, there are core steps that you shouldn’t skip.

In this post, you can find out:

  • How painter’s paint exteriors
  • The steps for painting exterior trim
  • How to clean exterior walls
  • Painting tips
Renaissance Painting team member cleaning as part of how to paint a house exterior

How To Paint A House Exterior In 7 Steps

1. Pick out the best row of days to paint

You’ll want a series of days with nice weather. Rain and paint don’t get along well at all. You can use paint that dries more quickly if you can’t find a few dry days in a row.

Be especially on the watch for storms. They can do far worse damage to exterior paint than rain by itself can. Debris flying with the wind can scratch and ding your new paint.

2. Repair any damages you find

You may find damages like cracks, peeling paint, water damage, and more. If you paint a house exterior with damages, it can make them easier to spot.

Damages will also make the paint peel faster, which means another round of painting or hiring painters for you.

*You can use a 2-part polyester resin filler to repair damages to your wood exterior. Sanding it after it cures helps even it out so the patch doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

3. Clean your exterior walls

As you inspect your house exterior, you’ll see dirt, grime, and other stuff on your walls. This will get between the paint and your home’s exterior walls. 

This is an important part of how to paint a house exterior because damages will hurt your new paint. They’ll cause it to peel faster, meaning more work or money to fix it again.

You can clean it all off with a pressure washer and sometimes mild, environmentally-friendly solutions. They won’t harm people, plants, or animals.

4. Lay drop cloths over natural areas

You want to give your plants water, not paint. Paint can hurt your plants if too much gets on them.

Drop cloths will raise the temperature, which may hurt your plants, but it’s much better than getting paint all over them.

5. Cover windows, doors, and other exterior items you’re not painting

Part of how to paint a house exterior doesn’t involve painting what you don’t want to paint. This includes windows, doors, and anything else on your exterior.

You can use painter’s tape and plastic sheets or another material to cover them.

6. Prime your house exterior

You can use a primer to help the paint stick to the surface better and longer. There are options for paint and primer in one, but they have mixed reviews on how well they work.

7. Paint with two coats of high-quality paint

You’ll love to paint a house exterior with higher-quality paint because it looks better and lasts longer. Higher-quality paints also help you not have to paint or hire painters as often.

*When you paint a raw brick home, the first coat of paint isn’t going to go very far since the brick will be quite porous. You need to paint the first coat on heavily and backroll it for proper coverage. Another option is to first spray a mist coat of an acrylic-based sealer like Seal Krete to help the paint spread more easily.

How To Clean Before You Paint A House Exterior

You’ll want to use a pressure washer with a minimum of 3,000 psi. Adding a mild chemical like trisodium phosphate can help remove caked-on dirt and grime. Washing from the top down is the best method.

Painting Tips To Make The Job Easier

You’ll want to start by painting about one-and-a-half inches around the border. Begin painting from the top of the wall down. Using even strokes helps make sure one area isn’t thicker than another.

You can work in smaller sections, which will be about as far as your arm can reach. Using the back brushing technique will help you get a more even finish. This means brushing back into the area you just painted.

You don’t want to feel awkward when you try to paint a house exterior from a ladder. Tie a rope to a 5-gallon bucket that holds your supplies. You can then climb the ladder with the rope and pull your materials up. It’s way better than trying to hold everything in one hand and climb with the other.

If you’re using a roller, a paint grid in your bucket can help you load the right amount of paint onto your roller. This will help make for a more even paint job.

How To Paint Exterior Trim

  1. Wash the exterior trim with a mild bleach and water solution
  2. Scrape off any loose paint
  3. Prime any bare wood
  4. Caulk joints where boards meet other boards or boards meet brick
  5. Replace any rotten boards
  6. Set any loose nails
  7. Paint your exterior trim with one or two coats of paint

If your replacement boards are wood, prime on all six sides. The boards you need to replace may be in a problem area, making them likely to rot again in the future. Try to replace these boards with a stronger product than wood.

That’s How To Paint A House Exterior!

Painting a house exterior isn’t easy. It’s usually hot, you have to be high in the air, and it can take days. There’s a lot of detail work, too.

You can contact us if you don’t want to spend all that time getting hot and sweaty 15 feet up a ladder. If you want more information, check out our exterior painting page.

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