Top 4 Hacks for Repainting Your Home Exterior

When speaking about painting, most of us automatically think about applying a fresh coat of paint to our interior walls, because people more often paint their living room, than they do their house’s exterior.  However, a fresh coat of paint can completely transform the look of your house. Here are top 4 hacks when it comes to repainting your homes exterior.

1. Pick the right moment

…and by this, we mean check the weather. Quite logically, moisture is widely known as a paint’s worst enemy, and not just in terms of slow drying. Waterlogged wood siding, as well as moist concrete foundations will likely cause paint to bubble and crack, and the worst part is, you won’t even notice this for months after the application. Fortunately, nowadays, forecasts are getting more and more precise. Of course, if long, snowy winters and wet springs are typical in your area, you should wait until June to start with an exterior paint project. On the other hand, if you live in a hot and humid region, the risks are almost the same, so schedule your painting for the fall, when the weather is cooler and drier.

2. Patch up any cracks

Unlike an interior paint job, your outside coating endeavor is likely to be a very slow process. Tedious as this fact is, there are some benefits to take advantage of here. For example, this means that you’ll have an opportunity to inspect your home up close. You are going to have to scrape away at the trim for hours on end, so why not pay attention to the state of wood clapboards, window ledges and shutters while you’re at it. If you find a cracked or broken section, you can rest assured that it’s going to cause trouble with painting, so fixing them on the spot goes without saying. Additionally, don’t ever try to ‘cover up’ rotten wood – replace or remove it.

3. Don’t skimp on paint

Your new house exterior should look fresh for years to come, so keep that in mind. Sure, there are many life hacks that will save you money in other home remodeling projects, but when it comes to paint, as experts agree – you get what you pay for. There is a lot of science to support these claims – the more pigments a paint has, the deeper, richer and, most importantly, longer-lasting coating it will provide. Naturally, these are more expensive, but you want your house to look good, not cheap.
For instance, acrylic latex paint is definitely a better option than an oil-based paint. In addition to the fact that latex emits much less volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are bad for the environment, it also stays pliable and flexible over time, which means less cracking.

4. Clean up

If you think that an indoor painting project is messy, just wait until you start painting your exterior. There will be a lot of debris and junk left afterwards, and you might find yourself in a situation where you simply don’t have the time or the willpower to clean everything properly. This is why you should opt for efficient and reliable junk removal services – they will be out of your hair in no time and the service is well worth the price.

Your exterior painting project is something that takes a lot of planning, and only after that planning and consideration, comes hard work. Picking the right moment, patching up all the cracks, buying quality paint and properly cleaning up after the job is done are the pillars of any paint job.

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One Comment

  1. Lyn Knudson

    Prep IS going to make the between a good paint job and a crappy one. Don’t even begin prepping with out being prepared. First things first. It’s a lonesome project to repaint your house. Just mentioning it you will find yourself abandoned by you closest friends and family. So first step is that your going to have to make new friends they don’t know that as soon as the job is finished that you will not want anything to do with them…so don’t tell. These guys are going to be your best friends you’ll be a better painter because of them and you get all the credit.

    #1 make new friends.
    *Angle knife or good scraper
    *Power washer
    *Calk and gun
    *Sanding block or sanding sponge
    *Sand paper
    *Heat gun
    *Razor blade
    *Getto blaster or head phones
    *Favorite music
    *Sun screen
    *Cooler with favorite ice soaked beverage.
    *Work gloves

    Meet your new best friends. You never had so many Pals Who needs the rest of them. Who needs them. Whatever you do make sure you keep these guys around Even though when it’s time to paint Your going to have a whole new group of great pals. But one thing at a time. You need a method to your madness. Scrape off loose and weathered paint without gouging the wood and sanding what won’t come off too make a smooth even surface and fill any cracks gaps and imperfections with caulk and use a spackle knife to make it as smooth as you can you’ll need to sand those areas just before painting. Be safe and have fun. Dance like nobody is watching. Dont worry your neighbors will understand.. They have been in your position themselves and those who haven’t will sooner or later In fact probably sooner because when neighbors see neighbors. .never mind …you’ll see.

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