So winter may have taken a took a toll on your home’s exterior this year and you’ve been noticing the cracking paint for months, but you don’t want to break out the big bucks to hire a professional. Don’t worry! With the weather warming and the nice summer weekends, it’s the perfect time to tackle that project of painting your home.
While this might seem like an insurmountable project, especially if you have a multi-story home, it’s not. It just takes the right tools and a bit of hard work. Below are step-by-step instructions to having the outside of your house looking shiny and new.
Test for lead.
Homes built before 1978 could have used lead paint, so be careful if you have an older home. They make kits that test for lead paint. If your home tests positive, then ensure you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your neighbors safe.
Scrub it up.
You need to wash the exterior of your home before painting. Mildew thrives under new paint, so kill it with a solution of water and phosphate-free cleaner.
Scrape and sand.
Take a scraper to your home’s exterior to remove any pealing paint. Spraying water under the paint as you scrape helps speed up the process. Then sand down any rough spots, so that you have a smooth canvas.
Apply the primer.
Paint on the primer immediately after you’ve prepped the wood. This will provide and even base for your topcoat of paint.
Buy some caulk.
You’ll need to caulk all the jointsare windows and doors to prevent water penetration and air leakage.
Pick out your paint.
Be sure to use water-based latex paints are they are easier to use and more durable than oil-based paints.Next pick out your colors and the type of sheen you want on a paint: Flat, Semi-Gloss, and Glossy. A flat sheen is best used for covering up walls with many surface imperfections. A glossy sheen has more durability. Now grab a brush, a roller, or a sprayer to get started!
Maintain your exterior.
After your home is painted, be sure to check your home annually for any potential problems. Replace cracked caulk, remove mildew and patch any peeling paint before it spreads.
Utilize the beautiful summer weekends to get your house painted. By doing it yourself, you’ll save money and take even more pride in the improved condition of your home!