If the outside of your house is the next painting project on your list, here are a few tips and tricks to make the job look better, take less time and last longer.
Start at the top
With everything from preparation right through to the final coats going on, start at the top and work your way down. During the prep work, you don’t want mess from above spoiling an area you’ve already cleaned. The same goes for painting, drips from the eaves or fascia will spoil the job if you’ve already finished the walls.
Prime it right
While most acrylic exterior paints are self-priming, meaning they don’t need an undercoat, if they are going onto certain materials or are particular colours, it’s a good idea to prime first. Glossy surfaces like metal and PVC should be sanded first, then painted with an etch primer. This provides a good base that will help following paint coats to stick. Deep or bright colours should also be undercoated first. This will reduce the number of top coats you will need to cover the surface below and get a consistent colour.
All in the timing
You should take the weather into account when deciding on when and where to paint. Avoid painting in full sun, as the paint will dry too quickly, leading to lap marks. Start painting on the shady side of the house and move around as the day progresses. Windy weather is also not a great time to paint. Dust and dirt gets blown into the wet paint, spoiling the job.
It’s worthwhile going for quality when you’re buying your brushes and rollers. Good brushes will hold more paint, won’t drop bristles as you work and will give you a finish with less visible brush marks. Poor quality rollers will drop fibres as you work so you waste time picking them out and fixing up the finish. Properly cared for, good equipment will also last a lot longer, which could end up saving you money in the long run.