Get a Fresh Coat

The cooler weather of fall can be a great time to up­date the ex­te­rior of your home with a fresh coat of paint. Here are some tips from HGTV on how to get your home look­ing great in no time.

Cecil Whig - - HOME AND GARDEN -

Step 1: Clean it up. You can’t put paint over dirt. Get the best cov­er­age by re­mov­ing dirt and de­bris from your house us­ing a pres­sure washer. Work from the top to bot­tom, over­lap­ping each stroke.

Step 2: Re­pair. While you’re wash­ing, make note of any dam­age to wood, brick, stucco or sid­ing. Use epoxy filler to cover cracks or holes. Once the filler is dr y, lightly sand it us­ing medium-grit sand­pa­per.

Step 3: Re­move loose paint. Scrape or sand loose paint off the sur­faces around your home be­fore paint­ing.

Step 4: Caulk the trim. Fill any gaps be­tween the house and trim around your doors and win­dows us­ing caulk made for ex­te­rior fin­ishes. Caulk wher­ever dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als meet.

Step 5: Cover stains. Put a coat of stain-block­ing primer over any stains to help your paint cover it.

Step 6: Pro­tect doors, win­dows and lights. Cover any­thing you don’t want painted with plas­tic sheet­ing and tape.

Step 7: Paint! Here’s the fun part. Load a paint sprayer with your cho­sen ex­te­rior paint (pick a flat or eggshell fin­ish for the best look). Work your way from top to bot­tom, mov­ing smoothly and over­lap­ping your strokes, just like you did when you power washed. If your color is very dif­fer­ent from what’s al­ready on the house, you may need a coat of primer, too. Talk to the pro­fes­sion­als at your lo­cal paint store for ad­vice.

Step 8: Paint the trim. Re­move the plas­tic sheet­ing and get to your win­dows and doors us­ing an ex­te­rior semigloss paint and a paint­brush. Use drop cloths to make clean up eas­ier.

Step 9: Touch up. Af­ter you get ev­ery­thing cleaned up, walk around your house and touch up any sur­faces that may have got­ten missed or scratched dur­ing the process. Then, sit back and en­joy your fresh curb ap­peal.

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