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How to Paint the Exterior of the Home

Updating the look of your home could be something as simple as painting the exterior. It can give your home a totally new and vibrant look. You can go from drab to beautiful in no time. Painting the exterior of the home is a job that a professional can provide to homeowners or one that the home owner can try themselves. However, if you are going to try the process yourself, there are a few things to remember. Be sure to keep these tips and ideas in mind when you get ready for that updated look.

Getting Ready To Paint

There are a few things you need to do when it comes to painting the outside of your home. You need to do more than just grab a brush and a can of paint. First make sure the area is prepared properly. Be sure to remove any items that can be moved like mailboxes, planters, house numbers etc. Then you want to cover up any items that are not movable. Typically drop cloths are easy to find and use to help protect the areas around your painting such as sidewalks and shrubbery. You also need to clean, prime and repair any areas you are going to paint. Seal any holes or problem areas before starting your paint job. Also you could use a pressure washer to get the home clean before applying primer.

Brush or Roller

Depending on the surface of your home, you may use a paintbrush or a roller to do the job. It will depend on what type of area you are covering as to which tool you use. A roller is great for flat surfaces but will not get into the corners and small areas. You need to be careful with the brushes as it can leave big deep brush marks if you are not careful. Porous surfaces are great for a roller brush to do the job.

The Last Area To Paint

The trim of your home should be the last area you paint. Make sure you take care to watch for windows and seals while painting. This should be done for last so you can touch up any areas along the way.Be sure to prepare the area around your trim to protect the rest of your work.

You should understand that taking on the painting of the outside of your home is quite an undertaking. While it can be done, it would be a great benefit to you to consider having someone do it for you. That saves you time and can really help you out when it comes to the fine details of improving the look of your home. You may find that it is easier to have someone come out and take care of it than trying to fit it in yourself. This is especially true when you have a two story home. Professional painters have the equipment needed to safely get your home painted and it doesn’t take too long.

Be sure to check into a professional painter when it comes to painting the outside of your home. If you would prefer to do it yourself, these tips will help you get the job done.

Ashwin recommends you talk to someone professionally when painting the exterior of your home. You can trust that Service First Painting has your best interest in mind when it comes to updating the look of your home.

 

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