It’s essential that you take good care of your largest investment – your home. Every few years, you need to give it a fresh coat of paint to keep its walls protected and free from imperfections. This is particularly true for the exterior walls which get to face the elements on a daily basis. Here’s a look at the steps needed.
The secret to a good paint job depends on the diligent prepping that went into it. You will first need to take care of any peeling, chipping or mildew growths on the surface of the walls. Kill off the mildew with bleach and scrap away uneven patches of paint.
To provide a smooth surface before painting, use putty, epoxy or stucco to fill out uneven patches. You should also fill any cracks or gaps between joints this way.
It’s now time to apply a primer or sealant with high-quality resins. Paint won’t stick evenly to dusty or chalky walls, so use a good primer for the fresh coat of paint to stick to. Wait for the required time for your primer or sealant to dry out.
Exterior wall paints should ideally be 100% acrylic latex. Paints consist of three components – pigment, binders and solvents. After painting, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind only the solid pigments and binders. Go with premium paints that offer higher solid volumes.
When selecting paint color, remember that brighter colors fade faster than muted shades. Choose a color that also complements the stylistic components of your home’s exteriors. You will need two coats of paint for the best results. Using a roller ensures smooth even tones of color throughout the surface.
Painting the doors, windows and trims needs a steady hand and is the last step in painting the exteriors of your home. A brush is best used here for such delicate work.
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