Painting it will also help to protect against the elements, avoiding more costly repairs in the long run.
Clean it up
Start by giving your house a good, thorough clean. Using a pressure hose will take care of most of the hard work. For more stubborn areas, scrubbing with a stiff broom and sugar soap solution should do the trick. Get rid of mould with a weak bleach solution. Follow up with a good rinse. Make sure you protect yourself by wearing gloves and all-round eye protection whilst cleaning. Follow up with a good rinse.
All in the preparation
Paint is only as good as the surface it’s going on, so preparation is key to a long lasting job. Flaking paint should be scraped back. If paint has been removed, sand back the edges to the top layer so you won’t notice it as much when the fresh paint goes on. Gloss paint should be given a light sand to remove the shine, which also assists in applying the fresh coat to the surface. Wipe down with a damp cloth to remove dust before painting.
Which paint and where?
Exterior acrylics are best for walls and eaves. They’re especially designed to handle our harsh conditions and the best part about exterior acrylics is that they are self-priming, so you don’t need to apply an undercoat. Go with a low sheen finish as it’s best for hiding any minor imperfections.
Timber surfaces such as windows, doors and the fascia (which is the part of the roof the gutter sits on) should be coated with enamel paints. These fixtures will require an undercoat. A great option is a water-based enamel, which dries more quickly than an oil-based enamel, so you can get the job done faster. Go for a gloss or semi-gloss.
What about gutters and downpipes?
Gutters and downpipes need special attention to make any paint job last. First, sand lightly to roughen the surface. Remove dust then apply an etch primer. This chemically reacts with the metal or PVC and provides a finish that following coats can bond to. Use an exterior acrylic for your final coats, usually in a gloss or semi-gloss.
Something a little bit different
There’s a wide range of paint products that allows you to add texture as well as colour. Depending upon the finish you want and the surface they’re being applied to, these types of paints can be applied using standard or special texture rollers. You can finish off with a broom or sponge to achieve the final look you are after.