Painting your home will make it look more attractive. It complements the physical outlook of your house. There are many challenges when painting the exterior of your house. It needs a careful planning before starting the whole process. However, for this to be successful, there are some things you have to do to make sure that the whole process turns out successful.
1. Quality over price
Good quality paints may be expensive but long lasting while on the other hand, cheaper paints turn out to be of quality and tend to crack quickly once dry or may require repainting in a few months or years. Repainting being costly, its preferred to purchase the expensive lot with good quality to save you money in the long run.
2. Mother nature.
A paint requires plenty of time to dry well. This means that you should plan earlier by considering the weather patterns of your locality. The best season to do exterior painting is when there is little or no rain for the paint to dry up quickly and as desired.
3. Prep the landscape
As you know, painting is messy. Before starting any painting, you should ensure to cover the flowerbeds, bushes, garden and everything in sight where painting should be done. Cover them with a drop cloth. Those that can be moved should be moved and kept till the painting is over.
4. Combine cans and paint.
When purchasing paints, there is a chance that they will be of slightly varying colours. This normally happens when the purchase is done from different stores and at different seasons. To ensure that the colour of your paint is uniform, combine all of them in one gallon, bucket or can and mix. This will ensure a consistent colour from the start to the end.
5. Paint from top to bottom.
Drips are a must when doing the painting. The drips may form other streaks on top of the painted colour if you are painting from bottom to top. Hence, it’s imperative to start painting from top to bottom to avoid making mistakes during the painting process.
6. Seal it off
After the work is done, ensure to close the paint firmly to prevent it from drying out. To be rest assured that it will not dry out, you can use plastic cloth and cover the can at the opening for a firm seal.
7. Sand and wash
When a surface is dirty and rough, paint won’t cling onto it. You should allow the paint to dry up. This way, it will be easy to sand the dry paint because it can peel off. Sanding and washing the surface will create a solid surface for the paint to adhere or cling to.
8. Paint doesn’t adhere to rotten siding
Rotten sidings cannot be painted because they cannot allow the paint to adhere but instead continue to worsen. Instead, replace the wood with better ones that have a firm surface and sand before painting.
9. Use primer
Before painting one should follow the procedure of applying primer coating first, sand, then apply the color coats but this procedure has been done with by the new technology where manufactures have produced new products that combine both the paints and the primer. Though it’s very costly, it is similar to buying a primer and the paint separately.
10. Add Grit
Some painted surfaces like floors can become too smooth when painted with paint alone. It’s an advisable to add a bit of grit; fine sand to the paint so as to improve its texture. You can use play sand or additives that are produce to improve the texture.