Tuesday, September 1, 2020 / by Earl Gaddi
External painting keeps your home fresh and colourful and protects against weather and deterioration while prolonging the life of its underlying materials. It's also a great opportunity to get up close to detecting any damage, wear, or rot you may not notice otherwise — a technique that can save on expensive long-term repairs.
Why is this important?
- Test your colour palette
- Choose the right paint for the job
- Buy enough paint
- Paint in ideal weather conditions
- Watch out for lead Consider hiring a pro
If you plan on flexing your DIY muscles for this project, then you’ll need to obtain the following tools and materials:
- A ladder (extension or multi-use are best)
- Pressure washer Masking tape (also called painter’s tape)
- Drop cloths
- Paint brushes
- Paint sprayer
- Paint roller (if you decide not to use a sprayer)
- Paint pail with roller grid
- Paint scraper Plastic sheeting to cover windows, fixtures, and trim
- Paint thinner if you’re using oil-based paints
- Paint primer Paint (of course!)
- Caulk gun with exterior caulking
- Epoxy filler for gaps and gouges
- Medium grain sanding block
- Mortar (for brick homes)
- Steel bristle brush if you’re repainting wrought iron
- Pressure wash the outside of your house.
- Fix surface damage — use epoxy to fill holes and cover any rotted material.
- Re-mortar, if possible, between bricks.
- Remove the missing paint and the old caulking.
- Add fresh caulking to your trim.
- Apply primer to stains — this means that the fresh paint sticks to these spots.
- Using the tape and plastic sheeting to cover your doors, windows, trims, and fixtures.
- Using drop cloths to cover some of the trees, gardens, or other items below where you paint.
- Using your sprayer to paint the walls.
- Apply a second coat of paint and, if necessary, a third coat of paint after each application has been dried.
- Remove the covers from your doors, windows, trim, and fixtures and add the masking tape around them.
- Paint the paint, fixtures, doors, or windows as you wish.
- Look at the results of your hard work — you did a great job!
There is no argument for the size and complexity of this type of project, nor for its long-term benefits. Any project that keeps your home looking gorgeous while prolonging your life is always worth the effort.