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Top Tips: Painting Exteriors

A good paint job will brighten the exterior of your home and protect it from the elements. Ideally you should try to repaint your home as soon as you start to notice cracks and peeling, as the longer you leave it, the bigger the job. Here are our top tips to consider before painting or repainting your home.

The Paint
Whether you’re painting dull and dusty bricks or pebble-dashed surfaces that have become chipped and patchy, there are two basic types of paint, water-based and oil-based (the latter typically for metals and bleeding woods) and all should be weather resistant exterior masonry paints. The more pigment in a paint, the more expensive it is as the brightness will last longer, so bear that in mind when choosing. Things to check the label for are durability power, resistance to mould and mildew and ultraviolet rays. Bear in mind the colours that you won’t be changing (for example, roof slates, bricks, and stone features) and consider these hues and shades when making your colour choice. Oh, and try not to clash with the neighbour’s house either.

The paints

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The Prep
If your house is particularly dirty then you will need to wash off the dirt and grease with a detergent solution and rinse off with water. Go over stubborn stains with a coarse brush and hot soapy water. Old paint must be scraped off and surfaces sanded after. You may need to use putty and caulk to fill any nail head marks, cracks, and imperfections on the surfaces. Tedious work to be sure but better to do it properly from the start. For the best-looking finish apply a primer to the surfaces you plan to paint, this will help your paint job last longer too.

The prep

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The Method
Apply the paint with both a paintbrush and a roller, alternate painting with vertical and horizontal strokes. Pat the paint into the tricky textured surface areas. Brush the paint along narrow surfaces and smaller areas, and use the roller along long surfaces and larger areas. Keep a cloth dampened with thinner handy as you work to wipe any splatters off door and window frames. Start at the top and work right to left if right handed. To avoid streaky paint marks always try to work from one wet surface onto another wet surface. Divide house into sections and stop for the day along the window or door lines to disguise the join when you begin again.

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Maintenance
Inspect your house regularly and wash off any stains like bird dropping or mould and mildew. Fix and touch up any cracked caulk or paint you spot peeling off.

Maintenance

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