Professional Exterior Painting Information

From a professional painter’s point of view, exterior painting is the most important home maintenance project that can be done. Often the paint and caulking is all that is stopping damage from the weather and water.

You don’t have to be a professional painter to recognize that the condition of the exterior paint is one of the most important factors for maintaining a home’s value. When paint and caulk begins to wear out, it stops protecting your home from the damaging effects of water and sun. Neglected flaking paint can lead to thousands in siding replacement costs.

Preparing to paint the exterior of your home is the most important step. Yet, there is more to painting the exterior of your home than preparation.

Spraying exterior paint on a home.

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Back Rolling and Back Brushing

Two house painting techniques used to push the primer or paint into the surface is back rolling and back brushing. This takes place during spray paint application. Using an airless paint sprayer is a great way to apply either the ...
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Back Rolling: Your secret weapon

By Mike Miller (
One of the most effective and lesser-known tricks that the professional painter uses is called back rolling. Back rolling is the act of using a roller to spread paint across a surface immediately after spraying. ...
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Brushing Steel Doors

A popular painting method is with a brush and brushing steel doors is an easy project. Painting a steel door is possible with the door installed on the frame or placed on sawhorses. The door installed on the frame will allow ...
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Choosing the Right Cladding for Your Home

By Kevin Jefferson
Cladding is a technique in which an external finishing system is added to the walls. The main purpose of cladding is to prolong the structure’s life, increase sound and thermal insulation, and take your ...
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Cleaning an Airless Sprayer

Cleaning an airless sprayer seems straight forward, but there some important things to think about. Some materials are difficult to clean out, requiring the use of water and a final rinse of hot thinner. How do you ...
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Painting Concrete Block

A properly painted concrete block wall will be virtually maintenance free for many years, but the same wall not properly painted can be a maintenance nightmare. There are just a few critical differences between a good and a bad ...
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Elastomeric – A Nightmare

By David Jacobs (Los Angeles, CA)
We built our house in 1984. Three or four years later we repainted the exterior using an elastomeric paint. It has been a nightmare — bubbling, bucking, streaking, peeling at corners. Finally, this year we decided to ...
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