Painting the exterior of your home is a great way to add a fresh new look and even increase the value of your property. It is also an important step to ensuring your home is proper weather protected. Below we have listed some helpful steps to guide you through the process and ensure you get a professional finish.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
The importance of properly preparing the surface you are going to be painting should never be underrated. To ensure a smooth finish that will last for years, it is essential to carefully prepare. When preparing the surface, some steps to consider are:
When it comes to painting exterior surfaces, always use brushes and rollers specifically designed for outdoor use. These generally have longer bristles or pile to hold more paint for applying to uneven and textured masonry surfaces. If unsure, ask an expert in your local Woodie’s who will best advise you.
You will most likely need a ladder so it is worth investing in a good quality ladder. Dust sheets are important. Remove any items from the driveway that you do not want paint on and use dust sheets to protect surfaces.
You will need:
Check the Weather Forecast
The weather in Ireland can be unpredictable. Even though exterior paint is formulated to dry quickly, you will need a good 2-3 days of dry weather to allow sufficient time between coats and drying time to complete the project. An unexpected downpour could very quickly undo all of your work and literally wash the paint down the drain.
Painting in direct sunlight is also not recommended as it will cause the paint to dry too quickly which can cause flaking and potentially lap marks. This is why it is best to start in the shade.
Cut In – Don’t Cut Corners
While it may be tempting to start painting the larger surface areas with a roller it is always best to paint the outline first. While not the most satisfying part and time consuming, it is essential to ensure you get clean lines and can freely paint the larger areas without having to stop / start. Always start your project by painting the outside lines around window sills and door frames.
Only paint what you can comfortably do so. While this might mean more trips up and down the ladder it will be worth it in the long run so you don’t end up with an injury or niggling back pain long after you have finished painting.