A fresh coat of paint can make a faded house look fresh again however, it is important to note that painting exterior surfaces is not the same as painting interior surfaces. Exterior painting offers different challenges and can often be tricky to do. Below are a list of tips and tricks to help make painting exterior surfaces easier.
• Try not to paint any exterior surfaces if the temperature drops below 10°C/50°F or is above 30°C/86°F. Painting when the weather is too hot can cause blistering of the paint. Certain higher-end paints may increase the temperature range but it is always best to check with the manufacturer when deviating from this range.
• It is best to paint exterior surfaces on cloudy days as the exterior surface being painted will not be in direct sunlight.
• Make sure the area being painted is clean and dry before you start. Whether you decide to pressure wash the surface or take a scrubbing brush to it by hand, the surface must be completely clean, dry and dust-free prior to painting. This will ensure proper paint adhesion.
• Make sure you are using the right paint for the kind of exterior surface being painted. Some of the different exterior surfaces include clapboard, aluminum siding, stucco, concrete, brick, etc.
• Start exterior painting jobs on the west side and move towards the east. This will help you avoid the sun as much as possible as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
• Making sure you have a ladder large enough is very important. If your ladder is too small, it may lead to injuries or an uneven finish. If you do not own a ladder tall enough and do not wish to purchase one, most home improvement stores offer ladder rentals.
• Try not to paint vinyl in dark colours as dark colours absorb heat and may warp the siding over time.