The yay’s and nay’s of exterior painting
Painting the facade of the home can give it quite literally a new, fresh look. Consequentially, it can also go south very quickly if you’re either inexperienced in what needs to be done or that you have the wrong tools for the job.
We’ve chalked up a short list that will help the painting novice turned into a seasoned guru. All of these tips are simple, easy to follow, and will include both things that are commonly neglected, as well as other aspects that aren’t thought of as crucial.
The right brushes for the job
Whilst there’s bound to be a paint brush or two tucked away somewhere in the average Australian home, it may not necessarily be the right one that you need.
Using the wrong brush can not just affect the overall final finish of the paint job, but can turn the painting process into a long arduous, and labor intensive job.
Your average home exterior project will require a roller, a wide body bristled brush, and a finer one for detailed features of the home itself. Each of these will make good work of the job at hand, and will also allow you to coat every inch of the home with ease.
Believe it or not, but there is a refined process to painting the home, one that will make the paint job quicker and easier, but most importantly lessing the strain on your body.
The procedure is basically a top to down methodology, where you start from the top, or the eaves, and continue down until the body of the home is finally completed.
Finer details, such as windowsills and doors, should be left until last. This is done to avoid overlapping paint that you have already applied to the exterior, as well as making sure that these finer details can be covered with ease.
Never paint in direct sunlight
One common mistake made by budding painters is the belief that painting in sunlight will make the job quicker due to a shorter drying time.
In theory this is correct, but the quicker drying process also leaves you prone to leaving uneven coats on the area that you are painting. This will create a patchwork effect on the wall, and will ruin the exterior look of the property.
Always look to paint on a cloudy day, or if need be start on the shadier side of the property. Time it well and you may be fortunate enough to alternate your painting process along with the sun’s movement.
This is also true for particularly windy days, where the additional breeze will have the same effect and cause lap marks and streaks.
Speaking of lap marks…
Lap marks are the biggest concern for painting beginners. Lap marks are caused if the paint dries too quickly between coating applications, forming what will appear to look like a faint streak of lighter paint when compared to other parts of the application.
Lap marks, whilst being unsightly, are also highly difficult to cover over, as reapplying the paint isn’t always the answer.
One way to avoid lap marks is to work not so much quicker, but in smaller sections. Lap marks are often formed by those who are covering large swathes of walls. Working in smaller sections allows you more time to avoid the issue.
Even strokes when applying the paint will also help with avoiding lap marks.
Know your paint
With the addition of many specific weather-resistant paints, it can be quite daunting for beginners to know what they’re looking for.
Whilst your local paint shop or hardware store will be the best help that you can get, many fall into the trap of thinking that all paints are the same, and go for the most affordable option.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like this, and if you are serious about getting a high quality finish, on top of one that you won’t have to revisit sooner rather than later, you will have to get the best paint that you can buy, within reason.
Also, don’t be afraid to ask what type of paint is going to suit you best. Describe the environment and the more common weather conditions that your property has to endure to your local paint expert, and they will help you get the most out of your investment.