Painting The Exterior Of Your Home: Step-By-Step Guide
Painting the exterior of your home can have a huge impact on the way it looks compared with other homes in your street. Not only this, but exterior paint now has the ability to protect your walls from moisture, damp and all the problems that can arise from a build up of moisture.
The latest paints and coatings can even insulate your exterior cladding, making your home warmer, and the interior cavity wall insulation dry and safe.
Most people would get a professional in to do a job like paint the outside of your home, but with with plenty of good preparation, the right paint and coating products and enough time, you can complete the job yourself.
Our step by step guide will give you all the hints and tricks you need to get professional results that will truly last. Plus you can save yourself many hundreds of pounds by getting stuck in and doing it yourself. Let’s begin!
Painting The Exterior Of Your Home: The Basics:
The steps that you take to paint the exterior of your home will depend on what your walls are made of. In the UK, most homes are brick with wooden trim.
This is the basis on which we have written our guide – however the basic rules apply to almost any type of stonework, render or wooden cladding you might have.
We have assumed that you have already had scaffolding installed if your home is more than one storey.
Paint all wooden surfaces with a wood preserver. For plastic PVC windows, you should check that the fillers used around the edges are still intact. If not, add a new bead of filler to ensure your windows are sufficiently sealed
Painting The Exterior Of Your Home: The Process
Step 1: Wash
Removing the years of built up dirt on the outside of your home is the very first step in getting the very best results from your painting job. The best way to do this is with a pressure washer. You can hire one, if you don’t already own one.
You should start at the top of the wall, and work your way down – taking your time to ensure you are washing every part of the wall. You will need to allow it to dry completely, before you move on to the next steps.
Step 2: Repair
Now that the walls are clean you will be able to see the parts that are damaged and will need to be repaired. For masonry you should use an epoxy filler designed for the type of brick on your home. You might also need to repoint some parts of the grouting between your bricks.
To do this properly you should remove the grout currently there and add fresh grout for the best finish.
Wooden windows and porches will need special attention. They may have rotten sections that need to be completely removed and built up with a wood filler. In some cases larger sections will need to be replaced. While checking the window trim you should also add putty to any loose window frames.
Paint all wooden surfaces with a wood preserver. For plastic PVC windows, you should check that the fillers used around the edges are still intact. If not, add a new bead of filler to ensure your windows are sufficiently sealed.
Step 3: Remove
Much of the dry and flaky old paint will have come off while you pressure washed the walls, but you should now check to see if any sections need to be removed by hand.
Using a scraper, remove any chipped paint to ensure a smooth surface. A sanding block will help in bringing the surface back to new.
All in all, it can be a frustratingly fiddly job, but if you have protected your windows with plastic, you should find that the task is relatively easy to tackle. You may, however, need a few coats to get the finish just right
Step 4: Protect
No matter what type of paint or protective coating you are choosing to use, you need to protect other parts of your home from splashes or overspray.
Use plastic bags, masking tape and plastic film over your windows, doors and light fixtures to keep them free of paint – otherwise you may end up having to sand them down when you are finished.
Step 5: Paint
You are now ready for the exciting part. Before your start however, take note of the recommendations of the manufacturer. This means that your walls may require a primer before they are painted or you may need to follow certain instructions regarding the method of application.
You can choose to spray paint for a smooth finish – you can hire a spray gun. Accuracy is essential when spraying and it can take some getting used to. A roller with a paint brush for corners and edges will be easier, but will take somewhat longer.
On bricks, you may find that you need to use a wide brush, due to the rough texture.
Once the walls are complete, you can move on to the doors and window trims. These should be done with an oil based paint that will protect the wood, and repel water as well.
Even if you don’t want to paint over your bricks, you can use a clear protector that maintains the look of the bricks, while still offering additional protection!
Painting The Exterior Of Your Home: Final 5 Tips
● Try to choose a time of the year when you will have several days of good weather. It is never a good idea to paint in the wet, especially when the whole point is to protect your walls from damp.
● Always put safety first. Don’t use a ladder on your own – always have someone hold the bottom. Use scaffolding if possible, as this is far safer.
● You may find that a specialist masonry brush will help you with the rough surface of brickwork. A stippling action works well with heavily textured walls.
● When using a roller or a paint brush, apply the paint in lots of different directions to get an even coat that overlaps other strokes without lines.
● Don’t forget about careful disposal of leftover paints and waterproof coatings. Some cities have paint charities that collect unused paint for distribution to those in need. For other leftovers, always follow the instructions on the tin, and never pour into drains or waterways.
Painting The Exterior Of Your Home: Final Conclusion
The ideal way to improve the look of your home is also to protect it. Choosing a range of paints and coatings that protect masonry is ideal for getting a finish that can last as long as 20 years.
Hydrophobic paints and coatings are perfect for giving your brickwork and stonework a finish that protects it from water and dirt. The surface simply rejects water, turning it into droplets before it runs right off.
So instead of having bricks that absorb water, you have a beautifully finished home that rejects water and all the damage it can do.
Even if you don’t want to paint over your bricks, you can use a clear protector that maintains the look of the bricks, while still offering additional protection.
These products prevent water entering the walls, protecting internal wall cavity insulation, or where none exists, they add a further layer of insulation that lowers energy bills, and prevents damp inside the home.
While a professional paint job is likely to take less time, you can still paint your home yourself if you have the right equipment and the time to do it.
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