How can you effectively paint your exterior walls?
- Pressure wash your walls
- Fix damaged areas
- Secure your trim
- Prime your walls
- Cover doors, windows, and lights
- Paint your exteriors
Exterior home painting can bring life back to your outdated walls. If you’re noticing any cracks and stains on walls found outside your home, it’s time to grab a bucket of paint. Exterior wall painting is your chance to upgrade your home on a budget. A fresh look of paint on the wall can instantly make your home look clean, fresh, and inviting. To get the best results, you can follow this easy guide.
Pressure Wash Your Walls
Over some time, your walls will accumulate dirt, dust, and grime. It’s exposed to the elements and, unfortunately, its effects can stick to your home’s exterior. Cleaning your walls will ensure that you get the best coverage. You can buy a pressure washer online or borrow one from a friend. You can also manually clean it with a little bit of effort and elbow grease, but it’s much easier to use a pressure washer.
When you begin cleaning, start from the top and slowly work your way towards the bottom. Do this slowly and take your time. You want to make sure that your walls are as clean and dirt-free as possible. Don’t be rough with this process. You may miss some dirty spots and you wouldn’t want that to disrupt your painting process.
Also, remember to pick the right pressure setting on your pressure washer. Pressure washers are strong and robust. The wrong setting may damage your walls, which is a lot more work for you.
Fix Damaged Areas
Once everything is clean, you can have a good look at how much damage your exteriors have accumulated. Since your walls are always exposed to harsh elements like the sun, rain, wind, and pollution, wear and tear is inevitable. Before you begin, survey your exterior. Take note of any damaged areas as you will be fixing this later.
Now that you’ve found the damaged areas, fill any blemishes with fillers. The epoxy filler is great for filling holes and gaps. Let the filler be cured overnight before doing anything else. Making sure that the filler is dry can ensure an even surface once you start sanding and smoothing it down. When you start sanding the area, use a medium grit such as a 60-100 grit.
Loose paint is also something you have to deal with. If you paint over this, the result won’t be as smooth. Again, when you’re looking at your exterior, check for any loose paint and chipped paint. Remove this by scraping it off with a scraper or your medium-grit sandpaper. Remember to be gentle and avoid damaging the actual wall itself.
Secure Your Trim
The gap between the trims and windows of your house can be unsightly. It can make your home’s exterior look messy. You can keep layering paint between the gaps but this won’t ensure a smooth look. This may cause your paint job to not be as even as you’d expect. You will need to fill in visible gaps with an exterior caulk or filler. The caulk can be used to blend different materials as well. To ensure that you have the right amount, carefully use the caulk to create a smooth look.
Prime Your Walls
Primer is a simple, magical component that can take your painting job from 5 to 10. Priming ensures that you have the smoothest, most durable finish. Combined with a great formula, you can expect your exterior wall paint to last longer. Begin by looking for any stains. Stain blocking a primer can be used on top of this to make it smoother and to keep the stain from appearing underneath your fresh coat of paint.
Cover Doors, Windows, and Lights
Make sure you cover the doors, windows, and lights with plastic and masking tape. It’s not only a hassle to clean up spills and splatters but it’s also time wasted. You want to be efficient with your painting job. Covering these elements also ensures a clean, seamless look. Wrap and tape anything you want to protect from your exterior paint.
Paint Your Exteriors
If you need to ensure that your walls last longer, laying down a primer can do the trick. Wait for the primer to dry and cure completely before painting over it once more. You may want to avoid bubbles and strokes so paint in one direction or use a paint roller. Once the primer is completely cured, paint over the primer with a semi-gloss paint. Semi-gloss paint is perfect for exteriors as it is easy to clean yet also durable. You want to use an exterior paint that’s durable so that it can withstand natural elements. Even if your paint is opaque, it’s best to layer your paint slowly. Allow each coat to dry adequately before adding another layer. This results in a smooth and seamless exterior wall.
Take your time in each process. When you do these slowly and in layers, you can get the best and smoothest result for your exterior wall. Try using this guide to get the best exterior painting results.