Five top tips for painting the exterior of your home
Painting the exterior of your house is a long, delicate, and labour intensive project, made tenfold if your property is larger than average. Making the subject even more daunting to take on is the breadth of misconceptions and backyard tales on the best way to get it done properly and quickly. It has to be done, however, particularly for the older of weatherboard homes, and there are a few simple tips and tricks to follow to make the whole process go much more smoothly.
As the experts on exterior painting in Melbourne, the painting team at KONNSTRUCT have put their heads together, and come up with _ simple tips to follow. Going right from the very start, we’ll be talking you through the right choice of paint, particular painting techniques, and even pointing out the best weather conditions to start. By the end of this article, you’ll be an exterior painting guru in no time at all, as well as having a home that has a new, slick look.
Exterior painting tip 1: Choosing the right paint
One thing that the hundreds of outdoor paint ads on TV don’t tell you is that there are basically two types of exterior paint; oil-based alkyd, and water-based latex. Visually, there is very little difference between the two. On the actual painting side, however, there are several key differences.
Oil-based alkyd paints are your traditional variety, and emit a particularly strong smell. These paints take a long time to dry, and will require paint thinner to clean up or to remove any mistakes. Sounds terrible, right? Oil-based paints are actually easier to paint with, meaning less strain on your biceps, and are also considered as a long-lasting option for painting the exterior of your home, and are the first choice of professionals. If you can put up with the smell, go for it.
Water-based latex paints emit no odor, and their flexibility means that the paint finish will not crack under the duress of the heat. They do not require paint thinner to be removed. However, the increased thickness of these water-based paints can make it a strain when painting, and will require several coats. Oil-based paints will also require you to prime the surface first before painting commences, not ideal for those that are lacking the time to do so.
As for a preferred choice? It depends on what will make your job easier. We’d recommend that, no matter whether you’re using oil or water based paints and primers, that you don’t go the cheap option, as the least expensive options will possess less paint pigments, turning into a poorer outcome. There are plenty of high quality paints that will fall into quite broad budgets, so don’t sell yourself short.
Exterior painting tip 2: Using the right brush
Many a great debates have been had over whether a roller or a standard paintbrush are the best tools for painting the home. The best tip we can give you, however, is that you should be using both; the roller to cover the broader areas, and a finer paintbrush for edging and those hard to reach places.
For weatherboard homes, in which the wood panels sometimes overlap, depending on their style, this two bruch attack plan will help immensely. It will help you to get underneath the panels with ease, whilst being able to quickly paint the panels themselves. Using both, you can be sure that you won’t miss a single spot of the exterior of your home.
Exterior painting tip 3: Paint in the shade
One of the common myths regarding outdoor painting is that you should start in the sun to make sure it quickly dries. This is all well and good, until you realise that your previous stroke has already dried, and that you’ve left streak marks all over the outside of your home. In fact, you should actually start painting in the shadiest part of your home.
By doing this, you’re giving yourself ample time to match up the strokes, as well as for the paint to dry evenly across the home’s exterior. Painting on the shady side of the home also removes the risk of the paint blistering or flaking, as a result of the heat and the quick drying. Move along with the shade throughout the day, and make sure that, when painting, there isn’t a chance for this quick drying process to occur.
Exterior painting tip 4: Where to start
Painting your house is enough of a daunting prospect without having to consider where you start the task at hand. This can be made even more so if your house is quite large, either height or size wise. We strongly recommend going from the top of your property, if only to make it easier to manage the painting process, as well as minimising avoidable problems such as placing the ladder ends on wet paint or overlapping on wet surfaces.
Exterior painting tip 5: Finishing off the job
By this stage, your home’s exterior should be glistening from the brand new lick of paint that you’ve just given it. This is a chance to make sure that everything is covered and done properly, however be forewarned! One of the biggest mistakes that beginners make is freely painting over a dry surface, creating blotches or noticeably differently painted areas.
If you really do need to patch up a part of the home that you may have forgotten about, or one that has dried quickly, overlap onto the surface by 5 – 10 cm only. This will help the areas to noticeably blend in with one another, whilst giving you a window of opportunity to patch up the area that requires more paint.
Having problems? Help is only just a phone call away
If things take a turn for the worst, or you simply don’t have the time to get the job done yourself, we’ll be more than happy to help out. Our Melbourne painting contractors at KONNSTRUCT are the undisputed experts in exterior painting in Melbourne for homes and businesses, and will take care of any needs that you have to give your building’s exterior a new finish. Give a house painter from KONNSTRUCT a call today on 1300 743 734, should you need the help, we’ll be on our way in no time.