Preparing for Exterior Home Painting

Exterior home painting can be a nightmare. But with the proper planning and resources, the job can be a breeze. The folks at Painting 101 and our tips below will show you how.


The first thing is to decide how much exterior home painting you want to do. Then, decide the colors and the types of paint you will be using. Many painting companies have recommended color combinations with their sample books, to show you which colors work well together.

If you are struggling to decide, purchase a quart of each color you like from a painting company, and use the paint to create larger samples to make comparing easier.

A latex paint would be better to use, because latex cleans up easier and lasts about as long as oil-based paints. Regardless of what paint you get, make sure it’s the best quality. Otherwise you will spend all your time applying new coats.

Before starting the project, make sure the surface of your house is clean, dull and dry. Wash off any chalk, dirt and mildew. Cover any plants in plastic for protection.

After cleaning the house, remove any peeling or cracked paint; then sand and prime the area. After completing the priming, start painting the trim. Semigloss paint is good for the trim.

A good brush is just as important as the paint. Use a nylon/polyester brush for latex paints. For oil-based paints, use a natural bristle brush. For the best control, hold the brush so it is balanced in your hand at the point where the handle and brush meet. Place your fingertips on the metal ferrule, and use your wrist to guide the brush.

Temperature is very important. To get the best results, paint on days when the temperature is 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Try to follow the shade, to avoid direct sunlight. This way there won’t be heat blisters.

Try to keep a “wet edge”, by overlapping painting areas over the areas you recently completed. Don’t paint into a drying paint film, or it may buckle.

To paint shutters, first remove them, and then spray them away from the house. Use an angled sash brush if you have to paint them on the house. When deciding on a color, remember that darker colors will take in more heat and cause the wood to warp.

Before you start to paint a metal door, apply an oil-based primer coat. This is especially important if the door is exposed to weather. Give the primer 24-48 hours to dry; then apply two coats of exterior paint.

If you need help with your exterior home painting project, give us a call. We serve Fort Collins, CO as well as Loveland, CO, Longmont, CO, Greeley, CO, and all of northern Colorado.

(Article excerpt and image from Exterior Painting Preparation.)

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