A fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to spruce up a house exterior, however it is a labor intensive DIY project and not a job to be bungled and re-done. These six secrets for a perfect paint finish will get the DIY house painting done right the first time and provide a smooth, long lasting paint finish.
Get The Lead Out
If a home was built prior to 1978 it could have paint containing lead on it’s exterior. Lead paint was removed from the market in 1978 and any home built prior to that year should have the exterior surface inspected for possible lead paint. If lead paint is discovered, it’s best to hire professionals to remove it and do the preparation work prior to applying the exterior house paint.
DIY Exterior House Cleaning
Presuming that no lead paint has been found it’s time for DIY exterior prep work. Remove all loose or peeling paint by scraping and sanding the exterior house surface followed by washing the house exterior with a power washer or garden hose and scrub brush to remove dirt and loose chalking. If mildew is found on the house exterior, treat and clean with a solution of one part water and three parts bleach. Apply the bleach solution to the mildew and allow to set for 20 minutes. Rinse the bleach solution off, wash area with soapy water to remove all traces of bleach and mildew, then rinse again. Allow the house exterior to dry completely, which can take up to a week depending on weather conditions.
DIY Repair, Replace And Prime
The time spent waiting for the house exterior to dry is the prefect time to repair or replace any rotten, cracked or split boards. Replace the dried chalking that was removed during the prep work and fill in any cracks around doors and windows. Apply a coat of primer to any new boards or other bare wood surfaces of the house exterior.
Mix The Paint To Avoid Shade Differences
Subtle shade differences in paint color can occur if the paint batch numbers differ, if the paint is mixed at different stores or by a different sales person. To avoid paint shade differences after it’s been applied to the house exterior, first mix all the paint together in a large container then return the paint to the original cans.
Check The Weather Forecast Before Painting
A weather forecast of between 60 and 85 degrees with no wind or rain forecasted for at least 24 hours is an ideal weather setting for DIY exterior house painting. Applying the exterior paint in direct sunlight can cause the paint to blister, so don’t tackle the DIY painting job on a hot, sunny, summer afternoon.
Choose The Right Paint Brushes
The exterior trim around windows and doors will have to painted with a brush, choosing the wrong paint brush will ruin the finished look. Choose a synthetic or natural bristle paint brush when using oil based exterior paint and only use a synthetic bristle paint brush for latex paint. Natural bristles are hollow and can clump during the painting process when using latex paint as the natural bristles absorb the water in the latex paint.
A paint brush with angled bristles will allow for better precision painting around the house trim, doors and windows. Test the paint brush for a snug hand fit and dampen the paint brush before the first use so the bristles will load the paint more evenly.
A DIY exterior house painting job will result in a perfect, long lasting finish with these six secrets.