Enjoy Home Painting Yourself
Instead of hiring a residential painter, perhaps it would be a good idea to do your exterior home painting all on your own. With some tips, you can potentially achieve a good painting job all on your own.
When hiring a residential painter is out of the budget and yet your house is in dire need for a new external paint, perhaps it would be a great idea to undertake this home maintenance project on your own. You cannot set this job aside as this is your first line of defence against ice, snow and rain. Plus, a nice house painting will enhance its appeal and increase its resale value. Now, wouldn’t you want that?
It is important that you repaint as soon as you notice the paint starting to peel, blister or crack. When you ignore these problems, you are potentially facing a more extensive and expensive job in the long run. If you are a novice to residential painting, here are some tips to help you out.
Steps In Home Painting
First of all, you need to pick the perfect paint for your home and your budget. There are a variety of paint types in the market today, each with their varying pros and cons. Most of the time, the ones that are priced higher are of higher quality. Therefore, it would be better that you invest in good quality paint from a reputable manufacturer. Also, take time to read the label. It contains so much information that can help you achieve a good painting job.
Once you have your paint, the next step is to clean the exterior of your house from any mildew, grime, dirt and other residue. This ensures that the new paint will adhere to the surface. You can use a power sprayer of a stiff-bristle brush for this task. Also, tap all nail heads below the surface, if there are any, and fill holes with putty. If the old surface is in good condition, you can directly paint over it. Just make sure that you scrape spots and sand where the old pain was flaked or blistered.
Now, you might be asking: what should I use – a brush or roller? The answer is both. The fastest and most effective way for exterior home painting is both with the use of a brush and roller. Use the brush for edges and narrow surfaces and the roller on long surfaces. Also, start painting in the shade then wait for the sun to move and the other sides of the house to be shaded (or just paint in an overcast day). Otherwise, this will result in the paint drying too quickly and not adhering well and flake prematurely.
Start painting from the top then work your way down. Begin with the bottom edge of the siding before heading on to broad surfaces. Always brush from one wet surface to another to prevent lap marks. When this is not possible, paint on a previously painted and dried surface then overlap on the dried paint surface by a few inches. Also, since you are bound to work high up, do not forget your ladder safety. Do not reach too far to the side and keep your hips within the ladder’s horizontal rails.
Get Professional Residential Painter
And there you have it, the most important tips for DIY exterior home painting. If this job proves to be too monstrous for you, contact a painting company and get a professional residential painter to do the job for you.