Summertime Is the Perfect Time for Exterior Painting
Exterior painting of your home requires dry, sunny days. Those
long, lazy weeks of summertime are the perfect opportunity to get
the job done! Even if a few rainstorms cause a delay, you still
have ample time to finish the work before the leaves begin to
The Basics of Exterior Painting
If you have a larger house with many angles and a lot of trim,
consider hiring a painting
contractor to get into all those delicate nooks and crannies.
If you decide the exterior painting job on your home is one you can
tackle, consider these tips to make the process easier:
- Choose the best paint colors, accent paints, and
paint type for your exterior. Consult the experts at your local
paint store or contact a painting contractor for advice.
- Give your home a thorough cleaning with a pressure
washer, followed by a spot cleaning with a scraper. A clean surface
makes your paint job look better and last longer.
- Always paint the trim first, and let it dry
thoroughly before you move on to painting the larger surfaces. This
prevents ladder marks on your brand-new paint job!
- Start painting on the west side of your home and
move toward the east to avoid painting while in direct sunlight,
which tends to get uncomfortably hot.
- The type of exterior you have can determine which
tools you use. Wide brushes, various types of rollers, and even an
airless spray machine are all options for your exterior painting
- Finally, dispose of unused paint properly, or donate
it to someone who needs it. Clean all brushes and other equipment
thoroughly, and then stand back and admire your hard work in the
late summer sun!
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