PAINT DIY: EX­TE­RIOR PAINT

A fresh coat of colour will not only trans­form your home, it will help pro­tect it from the el­e­ments

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Be­fore re­paint­ing the out­side of your house, here’s ev­ery­thing you need to con­sider

You’ll need:

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.

Safety note

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.

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