How To Paint a House: Your Guide To The Exterior

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Thinking of painting the exterior of your house by yourself, but don’t know where to start? If so, you must read this article.

There are many steps you need to take before and after painting your house. 

To make sure that you do not miss a step, we are you providing with a how-to guide on painting the outside of your home by yourself.

Get ready to have the best-looking house in the neighborhood!

Step 1: To Learning How to Paint a House Exterior: Tie Down or Cover Up Any Plants

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Prior to painting a house, it is important to tie down any lingering plant limbs and cover up nearby plants and bushes. That way you do not get any harmful chemicals on your plants. You should also turn off and cover your A/C unit.

Step 2: Remove Necessary Outdoor House Items

Once you tie down and cover up your plants, you should close your windows and remove your shutters. If when inspecting your windows, you notice the seals between the wood and the glass are looking rough and not fully there, you will need to reglaze your windows.

You can do this by first using a chisel or putty knife to remove any old putty on your windows. You then need to use a putty knife to put a new glaze on your windows.

You should also take this time to remove objects like house numbers, mailboxes, security cameras, lights, and clotheslines from your home. Removing these objects will make performing an even paint job on the exterior of your home easier.

If you are going to paint the fascia of a house, or board mounted where the roof and outer walls of a house meets, you should also remove the gutters. If you need to move other objects on the house but can’t, wrap them in plastic sheeting and painter’s tape.

Also, make sure to use paint scrapers to remove any flaky, old paint on a house before beginning a new paint job.

When dealing with a home that already existed, make sure to inspect the house for mildew and other issues. To kill off mildew, spray a chlorine-bleach solution on it with a garden sprayer.

Step 3: Repair Necessary Outdoor House Items

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Make sure to inspect your home’s siding and trim for cracks and holes prior to painting a house. That way you can fill the cracks and holes in with wood fillers and sand them down.  

Take this time to also fix and replace any broken sidings, split or decayed window trims, broken foundation masonry, bad corner trim pieces, and any other broken or deteriorated outdoor house items.

Step 4: Wash Exterior of House

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Use a wired brush or broom, a pressure washer, and TSP solution, or substitute cleaner, to remove any dirt or grime on the house. Wear gloves and safety glasses when using TSP solution.

If your house was built before 1978, it was probably painted with lead paint. If this is the case for you, make sure to follow proper safety and contamination procedures.

If you used TSP solution, rinse the exterior of the house twice to be safe. Once finished rinsing, let the water run-off until it is clear. Then, let the house’s siding and trim dry for two days before painting it.

If your roof’s trim and soffits are different colors, paint them before painting the wall.

Step 5: Put on Stucco Exterior

To have a good paint job, it is vital that you first apply stucco to the walls and ceilings. Stucco is a decorative prep coating. Stucco is initially wet and then hardens to a dense solid.

Make sure to let stucco cure, or set, for at least 28 days before putting anything on top of it. If you do not let the stucco cure, the paint will not go on top of it smoothly. To fasten the curing process, keep the stucco moist by spraying it with water daily.

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Step 6: Caulk and Patch House

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People use caulk to seal cracks where exterior materials meet. For example, people use caulk to seal the cracks within window frames, door frames, molding, and fascia boards.

Before painting a house, use caulk to seal any needed exterior cracks or joints. Also, make sure to patch up any chipped stucco surfaces with new stucco and allow the new stucco to cure.

Step 7: Prime House

Once you complete steps 1 – 6 on how to paint house exterior, you are getting closer and closer to actually painting. One of the last things you will do before you paint is prime the surface with a seal that paint can effectively stick on.

Use a quality-sealer with high resin to prime surfaces that you are going to paint. If you are repainting walls that have turned chalky and dusty, use chalky wall sealer.

When it comes to vinyl and most wood siding, latex primer is a good choice. Use oil-based primer on wood.

Step 8: Paint Exterior of House

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Once you complete steps 1 – 7, you are finally ready to learn how to paint house exterior. When painting a house, you should spray and roll. To spray and roll, you first have to have one person use a sprayer to spread paint across a surface. You then have another person use a paint roller to go over everything that the first person sprayed.

For best results, apply a second coat of paint using the spray and roll method after the first coat dries. Make sure to have the surface you are painting avoid the rain.

Remember to feather your stroke when painting. This means putting the paintbrush down slowly to make sure that it does not show lines of where you began painting.

Also, remember to actively blend your strokes together. Doing so will help conserve your paint. This is great, seeing as how the cost to paint house can be high.

Last-Minute House Painting Tips and Tricks

Now that you know how to paint a house, there are some last-minute house painting tips and tricks we thought you should know. For one, do not paint a surface that is being directly rained on. If it is lightly raining and the surface of the house is dry, you can probably paint.

Second, be aware that direct hot sunlight on the painted surface will make the paint cure poorly. On the other hand, cool temperatures below 34 degrees Fahrenheit to 37 degrees Fahrenheit will cause the paint not to dry. After learning how to paint house exterior, you will quickly pick up that the best times to paint are between late morning and early afternoon.

To learn more about outdoor architectural design, check out the outdoors design section of our website.

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