Perk Up The Outside Of Your Home With Paint

Does your home need a new look? In this economy, homeowners are finding out that there’s nothing quite like painting to refresh your home, at a fraction of the cost of a remodel, produces immediate results. Painting is a major job, but if you are up to the challenge it will be worth your while because painting will provide an update for pennies on the dollar. Whether your motivation is curb appeal or resale value you will not be disappointed on your ROI when it comes to sprucing up the exterior of your home.

You are going to need some specific tools for this DIY job that you can either rent or purchase. If you don’t believe that you will use these tools again in the foreseeable future, make sure to rent them. Here is a list of tools needed to paint the exterior of your home.

Prepping & Painting Tools

  • Paint Scraper – will save you a lot of agony when trying to get off that old paint.
  • Putty Knife – will come in handy when you need to scrape down areas.
  • Wire Brush – works well in hard to scrape areas to loosen up the old paint.
  • Plastic Sheeting – will save you a lot of clean up when it comes to scraped off paint chips.
  • Pole Sander – this will help you sand in those hard to reach places that are higher up.
  • Sandpaper – have plenty of this on hand to access those smaller crevices.
  • Painting Tape – you will want ample amounts especially if you are spraying.
  • Caulk & Caulk Gun – use this to fill any holes or gaps after you are done scraping and sanding before you start the painting process.
  • Pressure Washer – this will save a lot of manual labor when removing the old paint.
  • Extension Ladders or Scaffolding – is a personal preference whether you are going to use ladders or scaffolding. Both of these come in all sizes so make sure to choose the best height for your home.
  • Paint Sprayer, Brushes and Rollers – using a paint sprayer will save you a lot of time and will produce a more consistent look. Brushes and rollers still do the trick and it really depends on how much time you have to complete this project and what method you are most comfortable with.
  • Paint – keep in mind the elements that your new paint will endure such as lots of rain or cold winters. Be sure to spend the extra dollars on the quality of your paint because the last thing you want to do is put in all of this work to only have to re-do the job in a short amount of time.

Now that you have decided to take on this project, you need to have realistic expectations of how long this job will take to complete. Altogether, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week. One of the most important factors after you are done prepping the exterior of your home for painting is paying attention to the temperature. For the best results, paint on days with low humidity and winds. Temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees are ideal for paint to dry in the manner it is supposed to. Follow the shade around your home so that your fresh paint is not exposed to direct sunlight which can cause heat blisters. The second most important part of painting the exterior of your home is what factors and qualities to look for in the type of paint you choose. There are four different terms when it comes to the power of paint you are using and those are hiding power, color retention, chalking resistance and blister resistance. Here is what each of these terms mean when it

Hiding Power –many people believe that dark colors have greater hiding power than lighter colors. The truth is darker colors don’t cover as well as whites and pastels. The reason is the way paints are tinted. Tint bases for darker colors are usually clear and for lighter colors they are usually white that is why lighter colors will cover better.

Color Retention – is premature and/or excessive lightening of the paint color, which often occurs on surfaces with sunny southern exposure. Fading or poor color retention can also be a result of chalking of the coating. Possible causes of color retention are making the mistake of using interior grade paint for an outdoor application, lower quality paint, paint that is vulnerable to UV radiation or you had a type of paint tinted that is not intended for tinting.

Chalking – is the formation of fine powder on the surface of the paint film during weathering, which can cause color fading. Some degree of chalking is normal, but a cause of why this is happening is lower quality paint and using interior paint again for an outdoor application.

Heat Blistering – is the formation of bubbles resulting from localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. Painting in direct sunlight or on a surface that is too warm, especially when applying a darker color, is usually the culprit of this.

There are two types of exterior paint and they are solvent-based (oil or alkyd) or water-based (latex). Oil based paints have mineral spirits for the liquid solvent and dry more slowly than latex, taking about 24 hours to cure. You are able to clean up this type of paint with turpentine or paint thinner. Water-based (latex) paint has water for the liquid. It dries relatively fast, which might not be desirable in hot weather or direct sunlight. You are able to clean up this paint with soap and water.

After you have decided on your paint type you need to choose which type of finish you would like gloss, semi-gloss, flat or satin. Your finish depends on what type of material you are painting.

Gloss – is the toughest. It cleans easily and resists scuffs better. Therefore, it’s a good choice for areas of high traffic or constant use, like door jambs and window casings. For shutters and other trim work, gloss paint provides a sleek, eye-catching look. Gloss paint will, however, show imperfections in the surface more than other sheens.

Semi-gloss – paints are also durable and easy to clean, but have less shine than gloss. They are just as suitable for trim work and casings.

Semi-gloss Satinoffers a good combination of easy-clean and moderate sheen. It’s a good choice for siding that is in good condition. This type of finish is also referred to as eggshell or low luster.

Flat paint – is the best choice for vinyl and aluminum siding that is scratched or dented because it hides imperfections well and spatters less when applied. It’s also easier to touch up.

Caulking is a very important step when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. We would recommend that you use OSI QUAD Color Match formula. It has the widest array of colors, at 3,500 and counting, in the industry because they work directly with the product manufacturers to ensure a perfect color match. OSI QUAD Color Match is an advanced formula sealant designed for superior performance on exterior windows, doors, siding and trim applications. It can be applied to wet or dry surfaces, even at freezing temperatures. Unlike other sealants, it resists dirt & dust collection, yellowing and water washout. OSI QUAD is self-tooling and once cured, it is paintable. Check out their website at www.

You are finally ready to start painting the exterior of your home. You will want to start at the top left corner and work your way left to right top to bottom. This is because you read left to right and therefore are more likely to spot any places you may have missed. This is how your minds have been taught to see things and it has been proven to speed up painting. Painters work top to bottom because you will have times when paint will drip down and you’ll need to smooth it out. Once the main part of your home is painted you can start working on the detailed areas such as the trim and shutters. After you have painted the exterior of your home you will know if you would ever DIY again. If you answer is no, call your local contractor and leave it up to the professionals!

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