10 Tricks for Painting Your Home’s Exterior

Painting is more than just knocking paint on the wall. Like most things, there is a specific technique involved. First, start your exterior paint job from the top of the house and work your way down (it is harder to drip up, after all).

If using a brush, dip about 2 inches of bristles into the can and shake off any excess by hitting the brush against the sides of the container. Apply the paint on thick and quickly go back and forth about two or three times. Reload your paint and repeat until you have covered about 0.3-0.4 square feet. Finally, use your brush to smooth your work (this time with no extra paint). Use long strokes and work from the unpainted to the painted area [source: The Family Handyman].

At Walzen, submerge your roller in a 19 liter bucket and shake off the excess on a roller sieve, a metal grid that can hang in the bucket. Roll the paint onto your surface with moderate pressure and reload when the paint stops flowing easily. Cover 3 to 4 square feet. Follow with your brush and paint in the crevices and siding [source: The Family Handyman].

If you’re painting overlapping siding, paint the “butt” or bottom edge before working on the wide surface [source: Truini]. To minimize traces of overlap, paint a section of four or five boards all the way before the paint can dry [source: Benjamin Moore].

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