House Painting Tips

House painting TipsHouse painting is one of those homeowner chores that have to be done.  It’s years between paint jobs, but inevitably one is going to have to paint the house and that’s why we’re talking a look at the good and bad of house painting.

Depending on the design of the home, single story homes are much easier and safer to paint.  No need for big ladders and so on.  It should be easy to clean and mask off certain areas and have them just prepped right for painting. 

There’s much more to do before painting and it takes a sharp eye to know what to look out for. 

First of all, make sure the surface to be painted is free of debris, dirt, and damage done by previous paint jobs.  This calls for keeping a sharp eye out for any aberrations of the previous paint jobs and materials that could compromise the new paint to be laid down.  This is important because these areas of damage when painted might raise their heads after the job is done, tear open the paint and allow water and debris in thus ruining the paint job. 

There are ways to prep the surface of the house so as not to cause damage nor interfere with the painting objective.  Washing the surface is a must.  You don’t want to paint over a layer of dirt or debris or even spider webs and other animal and insect debris.  One can just use simple sponges and scrubbing pads or go all out with some power washing. Always wash from bottom to top to avoid unsightly streaks and build up as the water and soap drip down.  Do each section completely and then move on to the next, rinsing from top to bottom.  Next, you’ll need to keep an eye on the surface as it dries.  Look for discoloration or any further damage.  Once the coast is clear then it’s okay to prep for painting.  If you have to remove the old paint first or any plaster and other material, use a product recommended for such a job or hire someone to do that part of the job.  It can be a painstaking chore, but when done, it leaves the surface of the walls clean and ready for some fresh coats of paint and will look fantastic once done.

Next is technique and strategy.  Wait until there’s no dew or morning moisture so that the paint won’t pick up condensation and go wrong.  Paint walls on the east side of the house in the afternoon and those facing west later in the morning so that you avoid direct sunlight that can cause a number of mishaps like wrinkling or peel or other distortions.  Keep an eye on the weather.  It’s best to check the forecasts and schedule your painting chores for when the weather looks good to do so. 

In some cases, you’ll have to do one side of the house on one day and the other at another day.  Be careful here because you don’t want to paint during a sunny morning and then in the afternoon there’s going to be a rain storm.  You’ll end up with a bigger mess than you’re ready for. 

Check the paint’s manufacturer’s guidelines so as to know when and how to apply the paint especially during weather, temperature, and surface.  Bare wood and some other surfaces have to be primed first and that means a grace period of when you should paint before the prime gets compromised.

There are plenty of online tutorials regarding house painting that you can learn what to expect even if you have to hire a professional house painter for the job.  In all honesty, painting a house should be fun and satisfying, not a labor of dread and misery.  Enjoy it!

Picture Credit: MamaShaw

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