10 House Painting Rules You Should Never Break

No home improvement project enlivens, beautifies and protects a house as quickly, effectively and inexpensively as painting outside. A new…

No home improvement project enlivens, beautifies and protects a house as quickly, effectively and inexpensively as painting outside. A coat of paint can completely change the look of your home. And while painting a house can be a huge task, it’s a project that can be completed in a week or two.

According to HomeAdvisor, if you hire a professional painter, expect to pay anywhere from $ 1,000 to $ 6,000 or more, depending on the size and condition of your home. Making it a do-it-yourself project can save manpower, which is typically more than half the cost. But do you know that painting your home is going to take some serious effort.

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Whether you hire a professional or do the work yourself, you want this project to be done correctly so you don’t have to repeat it in a few years. With that in mind, here are 10 exterior paint rules that you should never break:

1. Don’t skimp on materials

Pay for quality paints, primers, and sealants. High quality paint lasts longer and flows and covers better than low quality paint. Buy paint with a lifetime warranty against paint defects.

Most house paints get what you pay for – and the best ingredients are expensive. High quality exterior paints typically cost anywhere from $ 35 to $ 40 per gallon and up to $ 80 per gallon. Be sure to choose 100% acrylic paint.

Top performing exterior paint brands include Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior paint and Clark + Kensington exterior paint, which cost between $ 35 and 40 per gallon, as well as Sherwin-Williams Duration exterior paint and Benjamin Moore Aura exterior paint, both over $ 50 each Gallon lying.

Flat surfaces, preferred for siding, hide defects and imperfections well. Satin and semi-gloss enamels used for trimming are more durable and easier to wash.

2. Make the necessary preparations

In order for the paint to adhere well, it must be applied to a clean, dry surface that will not peel or peel off. Depending on the condition of the existing siding and siding, this often means a considerable amount of scraping and sanding before you can paint.

Start by washing the surfaces. You can use a hose and brush filled with water and detergent or a pressure washer. When using a pressure washer, be careful not to let water penetrate deep into the joints between the siding or erode the wood surface with the high pressure water spray.

To remove loose, peeling paint, you will need a scraper. To remove harsher paint and smooth the surface, a 5-inch disc sander or a random orbit sander will work fine. Start with 60 grit sandpaper and then 100 grit sandpaper.

The idea is not to remove all of the paint, just remove loose paint and smooth the surface. Use a spatula and wooden filler to fill in cracks and holes. Let the filler dry and then sand these areas again. Brush off all of the dust, seal and seal the joints before applying the primer.

3. Beware of lead paint

Although today’s house paints do not contain lead, paint applied before 1978 likely contains lead. The US Environmental Protection Agency warns that do-it-yourself work with lead paint can generate lead dust or shavings, which can endanger the health of children and adults.

For lead testing and removal, the EPA recommends that you contact a local lead safe, certified home improvement contractor, which can be found on the EPA’s website.

4. Apply more than one coat of paint

When painting over bare wood or metal, start with a good quality alkyd primer for your primer. This is stated on the color label and prevents the paint from bleeding. Some painters like to tint the primer towards the final paint color to minimize the need for two top coats. Others prefer to tint the primer with a contrasting color that highlights any stains that did not fully cover the final layers.

After the primer, apply the first top coat. After it gets sticky, apply a second top coat.

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5. Use the right tools

Use a good quality brush, roller and, for some homes, an airless sprayer, which can be rented from most home improvement centers or tool rental stores. The easiest way to apply primer and paint to textured surfaces is to spray them on with an airless sprayer and then roll them back by hand with a roller to ensure adhesion.

If you’ve never used an airless sprayer before, pay close attention to the instructions on the device and get some experience painting a less noticeable side of the house first. Use a 5 gallon can of paint and use a paint strainer to keep the paint from clogging the sprayer.

6. Be realistic

Don’t paint your house yourself unless you have the time, tools, skills, and persistence to get the job done. Depending on the size and height of your home, and the condition of the existing siding, prepping and painting a home yourself can be a tedious and difficult task.

7. Wait for moderate weather

Do not paint on hot days, in the rain or in windy weather. Ideal temperatures for painting are between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In hot weather, the paint dries too quickly, as does direct sun. If possible, wait for the shade. Temperatures below 50 degrees can prevent the paint from properly adhering to the surface. Moisture or dew can cause surfaces to bubble.

8. Cover everything else

Protect decks, shrubs, gardens, patios and sidewalks with paint towels or plastic sheeting from paint soiling and splashes. This saves you from major cleanup problems later. When using an airless paint sprayer, masking and masking is essential – overspray can even coat your neighbors’ cars.

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9. Paint using proven techniques

If you’re a beginner painting artist, do your homework. You can find a lot of free information online including videos from experts breaking techniques down into steps.

Work from top to bottom, starting with overhangs, so that fresh paint doesn’t drip onto newly painted surfaces. Paint the siding and when that is dry tape around windows and doors and paint the siding. Once you’ve finished painting the trim, remove the paint or masking tape so that no residue is left. After all the paint has dried, touch up areas where the paint did not completely cover the surface.

10. When you hire a professional, you get bids and references

Get detailed quotes from at least three painters and ask them for the names and phone numbers of satisfied customers. Call two or three of these customers or, if possible, visit their homes to double-check the processing. Networks like Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, Fixr, and even Google and Yelp can help you find local professionals and see reviews from previous customers.

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Update 05/01/20: This story was published earlier and has been updated with new information.

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