Painting Your House Outside

Painting your house outside is not a difficult task, keeping your house painted will help maintain its value.

When the exterior of your house needs repainting you can cut the cost by painting it yourself. This is not as hard a task as it may seem. With a few simple guidelines and the right equipment you can do a great job, and not have to worry about it for a few more years.

When you decide that you are going to repaint, choose a weekend when you have time and the weather is cooperative. You don't want rain, or too chilly temperatures, nor do you want very hot temperatures. Depending upon your climate, the spring and fall are the best times.

Look at the exterior carefully, repair any loose, or damaged wood. If you have flaking paint you will need to brush it off. Check for caulk around seams, and nail holes that need replacing. Now is the time to do many of the small repair tasks, before you actually paint.

Use a power spray attachment for your hose, wash and brush the exterior of your house. It is usually a good idea to start on the north side, and then work your way around, trying to avoid painting in full sun. This will help you avoid sunburn, and let the paint dry at a normal speed, improving its ability to adhere to the house.

If you have access to a power sprayer, it will be much easier. You might consider the amount it will cost to rent a sprayer, against the additional time it will take to paint with brush and roller. Whichever method you choose to use, you will need to mask off windows. Masking tape and newspaper will help keep paint off the glass and make clean up much easier. Don't forget to throw a paint cloth, or old sheets over your bushes and flowers. While a little paint should not hurt the plants, there is no need to take chances.

When you purchase your paint, make sure that you get enough to do the whole house. Don't forget that if you have different colored trim you will need some for the trim. A reputable paint dealer will be able to help you estimate how much you will need to cover your house, since different paints cover at different rates.

Even if you are using a paint sprayer you will need a couple of brushes, and a roller, for doing areas where you can't get to with a paint sprayer. Go ahead and get the better quality brushes and rollers, the aggravation factor makes them a bargain.

Mix your paint completely, and periodically give it another stir, since it will settle out as you work. Make sure you have a bucket of water or other cleaner handy for quick cleanup.

Now start painting, working from the top down, make sure you overlap strokes. This will help you avoid thin spots, and the need to go back over an area. Do the trim after you have painted the main color. A piece of thin cardboard held against the house will help you keep the trim color off of the house.

Remove the masking tape and newspaper from the windows and your paint cloth from your bushes and flowers. Clean up your brushes, rollers, and the paint sprayer using the paint manufacturer's recommended method.

You are now finished and you shouldn't have to worry about repainting for a few years. Doing it yourself you saved quite a bit of money, and can have the pleasure of saying, "I did it myself."

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