Exterior Paint Tips

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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:

  • Firstly, remove all dirt and grime. A power washer is a helpful tool for this job but you can also hand wash with a sponge.
  • If there is any paint flaking, sand back the surface with sand paper.
  • Fill in any imperfections with putty and once dry sand back to a smooth surface.
  • Kill any mould using a fungicidal wash to prevent regrowth.


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Tool Checklist

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:

  • Ladder
  • Exterior paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint roller & tray
  • Work gloves
  • Dust sheets


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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.


Don’t overreach

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.


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Source: Johnstone's.