Best tips for painting the outside of your house
The exterior of your home deserves special care when painting so consider the following…………..
1. Exterior Paint, which one to choose…..
Primer is used to seal the substraight and create a suitable bond for the top coat to adhere too. Many exterior paints these days do not require a primer, yet some still do. Be sure to do your homework here.
Water-Based Paint or Acyrlic Paint:
This today is the most widly used for of paint. Waterbased and easy to use. Water based paints tend to be more flexible that traditional oils and last longer in our tough summers!
Oil based paints are more commonly used for priming or undercoat these days. If your DIY stay away from oil based paints.
2. Which paint for What Surface:
You should always talk to a professional either in store or get a painter out to give you advice on what is appropriate for your application.
3. Quantities Needed:
Most paint shops will assist you with spread rates of paints. This can vary so much depending on each situation. We tend to over allow on quantities to avoid surprises down the track.
Removing loose and flakey paint, we love the use of high pressure cleaning. Remove all mould and other surface contaminants. Be prepared to patch and no more gap before applying any paint to your job.
5. Painting the Surface:
Most DIY people don’t put enough paint in their roller or brush. Make sure you load your roller or brush so you are actually applying paint to the project. I see people scared to apply the right amount and stretch out their material. A coat that is too thin won’t last. Try to start from the top of a wall or building and work your way down o the ground.
6. Environmental Conditions:
Make sure you have no rain forecast for external painting. Allow yourself around 2 hours drying time if rain is imminent. Look at the paint can for directions for extreme heat or cold and don’t attempt to paint if your outside these temp ranges. Sometimes it will mean putting off a project for 6 months until its cooler.
Safety is your responsibility. If in doubt……..stop. Its not worth putting yourself or a loved one in danger. Make usre you have the correct safety equipment and you are comfortable using it.