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Your Exterior Home Painting Guide

Tuesday, September 1, 2020   /   by Earl Gaddi

Your Exterior Home Painting Guide

Holding our homes in tip-top shape — while looking stunning — is a source of pride for many homeowners. Painting the exterior of your house, an important maintenance project helps you to help maintain the beauty of your home and improve the attractiveness of your home while providing an opportunity to convey your personality through colour. External painting is very different from the interior, so let's have a look at what this means.


Why is this important?

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.


Painting tips

  • 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


Gear up

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


The Process

  1. Pressure wash the outside of your house.
  2. Fix surface damage — use epoxy to fill holes and cover any rotted material.
  3. Re-mortar, if possible, between bricks.
  4. Remove the missing paint and the old caulking.
  5. Add fresh caulking to your trim.
  6. Apply primer to stains — this means that the fresh paint sticks to these spots.
  7. Using the tape and plastic sheeting to cover your doors, windows, trims, and fixtures.
  8. Using drop cloths to cover some of the trees, gardens, or other items below where you paint.
  9. Using your sprayer to paint the walls.
  10. Apply a second coat of paint and, if necessary, a third coat of paint after each application has been dried.
  11. Remove the covers from your doors, windows, trim, and fixtures and add the masking tape around them. 
  12. Paint the paint, fixtures, doors, or windows as you wish. 
  13. 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.