Exterior Decorating

Paint 6

The very first thing we must cover is safety, don’t tackle any job that your uncomfortable with. Working off of ladders is slow and dangerous, if conditions permit use staging; this saves time and if you’re working comfortably you’ll get more done and do a better job.

If in any doubt call in the

professionals.

Preparation

As we mentioned last time the key to maintaining your home in good condition starts with the paintwork and the key to that is good preparation.

About 80 percent of your time should be spent doing prep work. Contrary to popular belief, paint will not hide all imperfections. Take the proper steps to make your walls as sound as possible, make sure you clean them well before you start to paint. Any dust or debris left on the wall could cause your new paint to peel. If the surface is powdery we recommend power washing to remove any unstable material. When the rendering has completely dried fill any cracks or imperfections with external filler, finishing off with a sponge or float to match the existing.

The use of a good masonry sealer at this stage not only ensures the new paint adheres well but makes it go a lot further.

Choosing the right materials. Quality over Price

Better quality paint means you will paint fewer times over the years, and you’ll get better coverage when you do paint. Paint technology has improved dramatically in the past few years, with colours guaranteed to last longer than ever before. You may be tempted to skimp on paint to save money up front with a cheaper brand, but you’re bound to have trouble and eventually pay more in the long run.

Mixing multiple cans of the same color of paint into a larger container, such as a five-gallon bucket, will help ensure a uniform color is applied to your home’s exterior. This step, called boxing the paint, is a method the pros follow. This step is important if, for example, you initially bought a gallon or two of paint less than you needed and then picked up the extra gallons at a later time.

Now you’re ready to start painting, firstly sheet up and protect where you’re working, then cut in with a small brush to around doors, windows, moldings etc., always two coats for uniformity, then fill in the big areas with a roller or flat brush, applying two full coats of the chosen finish. Don’t over thin the paint it only makes for a messy job and its paint you want to put on not water. Allow the first to dry before applying the top coat and that will do the job nicely. Not working in direct sunlight will keep you comfortable and the work even. Finally pick out any moldings in highlight colours and the jobs done.

Exterior painting

Definitely not the way to do it!

That just leaves the woodwork and security grills which we’ll look at tackling next time. Happy painting.

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