PAINT DIY: EXTERIOR PAINT
A fresh coat of colour will not only transform your home, it will help protect it from the elements
Before repainting the outside of your house, here’s everything you need to consider
Broom; pressure hose; drop sheets; plastic sheets; painter’s tape; exterior paint; paintbrushes, paint roller and pole or spray gun; ladder.
All about the timing
Before you make a start, it’s important to research the weather in your area. Paint won’t adhere to moist surfaces, so be sure to select a dry time of year when there is little chance of rain and low humidity.
Preparation is key
When it comes to DIY projects, a little prep goes a long way to creating a far better outcome. Paint doesn’t adhere very well to dirty or rough surfaces, so use a broom to get rid of cobwebs and leaves around gutters and windowsills, then wash all surfaces with a pressure hose. Repair any damaged areas, scrape off flaking paint and use exterior caulk to fill any gaps between the house and trim, and around doors and windows.
Protect the surrounds
Cover the ground and any surrounding grass or plants with a drop sheet, and use plastic sheets and painter’s tape to seal doors, windows and light fixtures. Move or cover any outdoor furniture, barbecues, sports equipment, etc.
Start from the top
Paint drips are inevitable, but if you start at the top and work your way down, you can cover up any mishaps as you go, resulting in a much more seamless finish. Start by painting the gutters, then the fascias, eaves and walls. Finish with the smaller details, like the trims, window frames and doors. Leave windows and doors open when painting so they’re not painted shut.
Buy or hire a ladder with a platform, so you can stand safely while painting up high. A tool belt will free your hands for climbing.