How to Paint Exterior Walls

Painting is the easiest and the most cost-efficient method if you are planning to give a quick makeover to your property. A newly painted property will have a fresh look and will have better resale value. It is believed that painting the exterior walls of a house is a tiresome job and requires the help of professionals. Well, here's the happy news: It can be a fun task if you do it right! Painting exteriors can be quite an enjoyable activity if you have proper knowledge beforehand. 

Here's our guide on how to paint exterior walls effectively and easily.  

These are the steps that should be followed when you are planning to paint exterior walls.

1. Choose the right color combination of paints.

 A beautifully painted house is always a joyful sight and evokes a sense of positivity. As the residents of the house, it will help you to have confidence and positivity. Hence it is very important to have the right color combination of paints. Select colors that match the landscape and are pleasant for the eyes. It is always better to choose those that are not much affected by color fading.

2. Choose the right time of the year

The local weather conditions have a considerable impact on successfully painting the exterior walls. If you are looking forward to painting the exterior walls of your house, make sure you do it at a time of the year that has ample sunlight, little rain, and lower humidity. It is because paints need time to dry and sunlight will act as a catalyst for the same. If the atmosphere is damp, then the paint will not adhere to the surface easily.

3. Clean the Walls

This is an important step that has to be followed when you are planning to paint the exterior of the house. The painting will never be effective if it is done on a surface that is with dirt, debris, or stains. You need a solid and clean surface for the paint to adhere, so you should sand and scrape all those areas where paints are peeled or flaked. 

 If there is any mold or fungal presence, make sure to remove it using a bleaching solution. 

4. Level the Surface

After cleaning the wall, level the surfaces properly. If any dents or holes are found, fill them with appropriate fillers. Make sure there are no gaps between the joints and between the window panes. If there are any rotten wooden window parts or sliders, you must replace them. Wood fillers can also be used to fix the components.

5. Choose the right brush

There are different kinds of brushes available in the market and since you are working on drywall, any type of flat brush will do the job. It is preferable if you can have brushes whose bristles are made of nylon or polyester and are of medium stiffness. 

However, if you are planning to paint a larger area, then it is recommended to use a roller. 

6. Use Primer

Once you have cleaned and leveled the surface, the next is applying the primers. Primers are preparatory coating materials that are put on the walls before painting. They act like a membrane, which ensures better adhesion between the paint and the walls. It is recommended that you apply at least two coats of primers. Once you have done with the first coating, then the second coating must be applied only after around six to twelve hours.  

These days, many paints come with in-built primers. This is quite a time-saver because you don't need to apply paint and primer separately. However if you compare it from a monetary perspective, there is not much difference.

7. Apply the paint 

You should apply at least two coats of paint. Make sure to give ample time for the first coat of paint to dry before applying the second coat. Surfaces that are often prone to early loss of painting like awning tops and parapets can be given an extra coat of paint. This will ensure better protection. 

It is important to choose the right kind of paint for your wall. There are generally two kinds of paints available and they are Water-based paints and Oil-based paints. Latex paints and acrylic paints are two kinds of water-based paints. Though Oil-based paints were widely used before, they are not preferred now mainly due to their emission of vapors and gases that are harmful to health. Meanwhile, water-based paints are easy to clean and dry and also offer longevity for a considerable period without much color fading. 

Next time when you are planning to paint the exterior of your house, we are sure that you are going to have a great time because now you have our guide on how to paint exterior walls. Happy DIY 


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