6 Steps to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

6 Steps to Paint Your Home's Exterior in Grand Rapids

Nothing makes your home look more neglected than a peeling coat of exterior paint. If you notice your exterior paint job is starting to fade or peel, you’ll need to hire exterior house painters or take on the task of painting your home yourself. In this blog post, we give you exterior house painting tips so you can feel confident painting your home’s exterior. If you don’t feel comfortable painting your house by yourself (or simply don’t have the time) you can always take advantage of exterior house painting services.

1. Power Wash Siding

Before choosing paint colors, you’ll need to make sure the exterior of your home is ready to receive a new layer of paint. Exterior paint lasts longer and looks better when applied to a clean surface. This means that you will need to remove all dirt and old peeling exterior paint through power washing before opening a single paint can. You’ll also need to remove any mildew with a chlorine bleach solution. Any residential painter will tell you that preparation is just as important as when you actually go to paint.

2. Caulk Cracks and Joints

Check for wood rot in the old siding. Any rotting boards will need to be replaced prior to painting. You’ll also need to caulk any cracks you find along siding, molding, window frames, and door frames. Take your time during this step so you can ensure the best painting surface later.

3. Prime the Surface

A sealant is applied over the old paint job so the new paint will easily adhere to the surface. Some sealants interfere with being able to paint later, so make sure you choose the right type of sealant for exterior house painting. You’ll also need to wait the appropriate amount of time for the sealant to dry before starting to paint. This information will be found on the label.

4. Buy Quality Exterior Paint

Don’t be tempted to go with the most inexpensive paint you find. When choosing exterior paint, you get what you pay for. The best exterior paint brands have 100% acrylic latex, which contains pigments, binders, and solvents. Solvents make the paint spreadable and evaporate once painted on your home’s exterior. The pigments (color) and binders (what makes color last) are left behind on your wall. Together, pigments and binders are called “volume solids.”

When looking for a quality paint brand, you’ll want to check for the percentage of volume solids. A high percentage of volume solids will tell you the paint was designed to last. In general, the premium paint brands will last longer than the inexpensive options. Make sure you also pick paint colors that complement your home’s architectural style.

5. Paint House

The best way to paint the exterior of your home involves two people—one person to spray exterior paint on the surface and the other person to roll the paint out evenly. Protect windows with plastic before painting. If it’s in your budget, apply a second layer of paint after the first one dries for a more vibrant color.

6. Touch Up Edges and Details

If you have architectural features on your home like shutters or fascia, you’ll want to paint them by hand. This will give your home the look of a professional paint job.

The Grand Rapids exterior painters at New Look Painting strive to help homeowners improve curb appeal through fresh coats of paint. If you are interested in our house painting services, give our residential painters a call at (616) 532-3300.

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