Exterior Painting Techniques and Tips
Use these brushing, rolling, and cutting-in techniques to paint more quickly and effectively.
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It takes a lot of work to paint the outside of your home. But there are also huge benefits. You may save thousands of dollars, raise the value of your home, and extend the life of your siding and trim for a minimal investment in tools and supplies. The best part is that you'll restore its original beauty.
Even while you may spend a lot of money on paint and materials, hiring a professional to complete the same task may potentially cost many times as much. However, the savings come at a price. Numerous hours of meticulous exterior paint preparation are necessary for a quality paint job. Even a medium-sized house will require a full summer to prepare and paint.
In this piece, we'll demonstrate how to apply the final paint layers (we used acrylic latex) for a long-lasting, polished appearance. The concept of preparation is distinct and is discussed in other articles.
Our Toronto Exterior Painting professionals with our experience know better then anyone else that it takes more than just persistence and patience to do an exterior paint job of the highest calibre. Sharp eyesight, a steady hand, and some skill are required to paint clean, straight lines. You'll also need to have the power to move and put up towering ladders, as well as the courage to use them when they're in position.
Buy high-quality painting tools
Aside from what you've previously gathered for scraping and priming, not much equipment is needed to apply topcoats (the last coats of paint). For applying the latex paint, we advise purchasing at least two premium synthetic-bristle brushes: one 4-inch straight-bristled brush for broad areas and a 1-1/2-inch angled sash brush for precise work.
Purchase a roller setup that includes a heavy-duty roller cage (this is the handle part), premium 1/2-in. nap roller covers, one for each colour (you'll wash and reuse them), and a roller screen for painting large sections of shingles, stucco, or brick (Photo 4). Large, flat areas benefit from standard 9-in. rollers. If your house has rolling siding or other narrow sections, get the 7-in. size. Additionally, a few clean 1-gallon paint cans and a 5-gallon bucket are required. While painting a house, having a boom box on hand can just save your sanity.
Colors and quantity advice can be found at paint retailers.
The first step to a fantastic paint job is selecting exterior paint colours that match the architectural aspects of your home and fit the character of your area. For literature on the topic, search bookstores and libraries. The paint store has pamphlets with collections of vintage hues. You might employ a designer or architect, who often have designers on staff that can assist you with colour selection. Inform them if you are painting wood siding or any other type of surface. And now for some advice on painting wood siding.
Before investing in gallons, purchase a quart of each colour you intend to use and paint a tiny section of your house in the full colour scheme. Change the colours and try again if you don't like the results.
Next, make some basic dimensions of your home while noting the surface type, such as smooth siding, stucco, or cedar shingles. The number of windows and doors. Employees at paint stores can assist you in determining how much paint you'll need by using this information. Over the priming, prepare to paint with acrylic latex in two coats.
Purchase the best paint you can. High-quality paint covers better, goes on more easily, and lasts longer. We advise using eggshell or satin paint that has a faint gloss. Compared to flat paint, it is easier to clean and more fade resistant.
Create a plan for maximum effectiveness
Having a plan & understanding the length of time it takes to complete an exterior painting job is extremely important. Check this resource out to understand generally how long it takes to complete an exterior painting job.
Work generally from top to bottom. Large areas should be painted first, then details. Before reapplying the second colour where two colours overlap, give the previous one some time to dry. For instance, paint the window sash (the moveable portion) first thing in the morning before coming back to paint the frame.
Use these methods to paint like a master
By comprehending the techniques used by Gold Painters - which ranks as number #1 out of the hundreds of painting companies in Toronto, you can increase your painting abilities. The painting procedure is divided into two steps by them.
The first phase, known as "laying on," the paint, aims to cover the surface as quickly and effectively as possible. You don't need to smooth it out just yet (Photo 2). Apply enough paint at this phase with a brush, roller, or sprayer to completely cover the surface without forming runs. Just enough paint should be used to cover an area that will allow you to go back and smooth it before the paint dries. You'll have to experiment as you start painting to get a feel for how vast an area you can safely cover before going back to smooth it out because heat, humidity, and the type of paint you're using all effect drying time. Spending too much time and effort laying on the paint is the most frequent error made by novice painters. It only takes a few rapid strokes. Restock the brush and finish the subsequent section.
Once a small area has been painted, you are prepared to move on to step two, laying off the paint (Photo 3). Before applying long, continuous brushstrokes to the surface, use your brush to uniformly distribute the paint. The objective is to apply a smooth, even coat of paint over the preceding layer of paint or primer in order to entirely cover (but not necessarily hide) it. Before the paint begins to dry, this step needs to be completed right away after the paint has been applied.
You might be curious about how to determine whether you're using enough paint. There is, regrettably, no precise formula. Generally speaking, applying two thin layers will be more successful than trying to cover the primer with one thick coat of paint. In contrast to heavy layers of paint, thin coats dry more thoroughly and don't result in issues like runs, sags, or paint accumulation. The surface should have just the right amount of paint to allow the brush to glide without creating runs or sags.You might be curious about how to determine whether you're using enough paint. There is, regrettably, no precise formula. Generally speaking, applying two thin layers will be more successful than trying to cover the primer with one thick coat of paint. In contrast to heavy layers of paint, thin coats dry more thoroughly and don't result in issues like runs, sags, or paint accumulation. The surface should have just the right amount of paint to allow the brush to glide without creating runs or sags.
Your home's exterior can be painted extremely quickly by a crew of experts. You can get in touch with local pros who work close by through Gold Painters. Call 416-458-6233 to get a free, no-obligation estimate from our top Toronto painters now!