How To Paint The Outside Of Your House

So you’re all geared up to paint the exteriors of your house and enhance its curb appeal. But the tall walls, the years of dirt and dust, and the confusion of where to begin might throw you off!

You might have some questions on your mind - What tools do I need? Do I need to clean the outside walls? What about the cracks in window sills, how do I fix that? 
Well, your search for answers has led you to the right place. We’ve whipped up a comprehensive guide on how to paint outside of house that will help you complete your DIY home project like a pro!

Before you begin to paint the outside of your house, the right preparation is essential:
  1. Plan, Plan, Plan:

First, you’re going to need to know what tools you require! You don’t want to be running to the store to pick up supplies in between your project.

Here’s a basic list of items you need to put together before you paint the house:
  • Prime and Putty (as needed) 
  • Paint Paintbrushes and paint rollers of various sizes
  • Paint thinner 
  • Painters tape, 
  • Old bedsheets, plastic sheets 
  • Sandpaper 
  • Ladders or makeshift scaffolding 
  • Gloves, hats, and other protective gear 
  • Old clothes and rags for an easy cleanup
Pro Tip: You can start with a list of all the supplies you need, and then divide all the material into “to buy”, “to borrow” and “already owned” to ease out the process. 

2. Prep it up:

Next, you need to prep the house itself. Covered in years of dust and debris, cleaning your house ensures that all the surfaces on the outside of your house are ready for a fresh coat of paint. You can decide between a hose down, using a pressure cleaner, or you can get on your hands and knees and scrub the whole place down (if that works for you).

This process often involves scraping off peeling and chipping paint, smoothing cracks over with putty, and making small fixtures to ensure the structural integrity of the house.

Pro Tip: Always start at the top, and work your way to the bottom. 

3. Prime Time:

Priming the house is largely optional, but if you plan a color change from dark to light or vice versa, it is vital. A primer layer will not only improve paint addition for longer but also provides extra protection to your wall surface.

Pro Tip: This is also a great time to cover up any part you don't want to be painted - window stills, lighting fixtures. Using painter's tape, tarps and plastic sheets should suffice. 

Now that we have the 3 Ps in place, here’s how to paint outside of house with the right techniques: 

The Right Paint:

When buying paint, there are many factors to consider. The environment, the aesthetic finish, the surface the paint goes down on and so much more. Here’s a quick guide:

Brick: Brick needs 48h to fully dry after cleaning, and would benefit from a layer of latex primer. Two coats of the preferred paint, acrylic or elastomeric paint, will give you the best finish 

Ceramic tiles and porcelain: After sanding down for better adhesion, ceramic and porcelain benefit from acrylic primer, finished with a semi-gloss acrylic. 

Concrete blocks: Once masonry sealer is applied and dried, it is followed with an acrylic primer and usually finished with acrylic latex paint. Concrete slabs require paint and primer specifically formulated for concrete floors 

Talking to the staff at the local hardware store will help you know what you need based on the environment of your locality, what you require from the paint, and much more. 

The Right Tools:

Depending on the required number of coats, types of surfaces you’re covering, and speed at which you were to finish your paint job - you can pick between a wide array of tools. 

It’s best to paint on flat surfaces with a roller because it’s an even application and looks smoother. You can use a paintbrush to focus on more detailed spaces as well as on irregular, large surfaces. But for a quick and even application of your paint, you might want to spray the paint onto your walls.

The Right Method:

The most important tip is to start from the top and work your way down. Ensure you have everything you need on hand. Once you start the painting process, stopping for long periods of time will put your paint job at risk, causing a patchy finish. 

Remember to protect your house and surrounding area from paint stains. Wrap all the larger structures with plastic sheets, and mask all window sills and door frames with masking tape. If your house is surrounded by grass, then laying down a plastic sheet or tarp would provide better protection. If the area surrounding your house is cement floors or tile, then an old bedsheet or a good paint thinner would do.

Now that we’ve covered how to paint outside of house, keep these simple tips in mind to ensure a satisfactory paint job:
  • Checking the weather forecast beforehand to finalize the day you can start your painting process, can help! Choose to paint on a cloudy day, without too much sun or chances of rain. 
  • Use ladders with hooks and makeshift scaffolding for support, because safety comes first. You can even rest your paint buckets on them! 
  • Plan your re-paint into chunks, and factor in time for breaks and dry periods before setting out. You can never be too prepared! 
  • Clean up the whole exterior, fix up broken lights, and replace whatever needs upgrading before you start painting to ensure an even finish
  • Keep pets and children away from supplies, as they can be toxic if injected. 
From a first-time DIY-er to a veteran who needs a brush-up, we hope we’ve covered everything you need to know to paint the walls on the outside of your house! So go on, and get painting! 

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