Although you may not be able to paint the exterior of your home in January, it’s never too early to start planning those DIY projects well before the times comes to implement them! Who knows, you may even decide it’s too much to tackle on your own (you wouldn’t be the first or only!) and now is a great time to get on our exterior schedule for the spring!
Our exterior is the first thing people would see in our homes – it is what sets their first impression of our humble abode, whether it would be something they’d be excited to go in or can’t wait to get out of.
With this, it is indeed important that we keep our house in tiptop shape, to impress not only other people, but also ourselves.
It would be hard to feel proud and excited to go home in a house that has a shabby, practically running down exterior, right?
So, if you’re seeing any early signs of wear and tear in your home exterior and have decided to ultimately give it a fresh coat of paint and repaint the whole thing, well, we might have something that will help you in your painting project.
Without further ado, here are Tips and Tricks in Repainting Your Home Exterior in Holland, PA.
1. Pressure Wash Your Walls First
Our home exterior faces various surges of dirt and mud on its surfaces, which can accumulate and stick in it when left unwashed for a while.
So, to ensure that you’ll be painting on a clean surface, it is recommended that you pressure wash your home exterior first before painting it.
Most paint problems come from poor preparation, so to ensure that you won’t face these dilemmas after repainting your home exterior, do the smart thing and clean your walls first.
2. Inspect and Repair Damages on Surfaces
Our home exterior will inevitably be a victim to various outer forces, may it be rocks or birds or strong winds, and their interference leads to damages on our home exterior’s surface.
So, before grabbing your paintbrushes and opening cans of paint, you must ensure first that there are no cracks or holes on your exterior’s surface, because this can lead to an uneven coat of paint (which is essentially a paint problem in itself)
You must first inspect any damages on your home exterior’s surface, and repair them accordingly.
3. Use Primer
An essential step that you must never, ever skip: you must always use primer first before applying any coat of paint.
Many people would see primer as an unnecessary, fussy step – something that can easily be removed from the painting process to save money and time.
But primer is specially made to make the paint look its best and last longer; it provides better coverage for your paint, which will result in brighter and more vibrant colors, and makes paint adhere to the surface better, making it last longer.
So, if you’re planning to only repaint your exterior once in a very long time, keep this tip in mind and do the smart thing of buying primer alongside your other painting materials.
4. Go Shades Warmer With The Initial Paint Color You Chose
The natural lighting of our home exterior would be the sunlight, and it tends to make the paint appear shades cooler than it actually is – you’d be shocked as to how your previously warm yellow paint color looks almost pale when you’ve painted it on your home exterior!
So, to save you from the disappointment of your expectations, when you’re choosing paint colors, try to go shades warmer than the color you’ve initially chosen, so the end result will look somewhat closer to the color you originally chose.
5. Start Painting From The Top
Another pro-tip you should keep in mind would be to start painting from the top, so you can avoid paint drips running all over your fresh coat of paint.
It would be relatively easier to paint over drip marks from when you’re painting from the top first, since you’ll essentially be covering over them, than the other way around.
Additionally, this way would be better since you’ll be working with gravity instead of against it.
6. Mix Cans of Paint
To reduce the risk of suddenly running out paint in the middle of painting and risking not having the same shade of paint all over, you must mix cans of paint in a big container.
This is what paint experts would call “boxing the paint,” which essentially ensures that you’re painting the same shade of paint all over the surface.
Even if you’re buying the same shade of paint, they will not have the same consistency when they are in separate cans, resulting in varying shades when you’re painting.
So, to eliminate this risk, do the responsible thing and mix cans of paint.
If you need professional help with your interior/exterior painting project, PAINT Philadelphia can help.
Our home interior/exterior painting services are available in Newton, Holland, and Richboro, PA.
Call us today at (267)682-8377 for a FREE painting estimate.