Winter took a
toll on your home’s exterior this year. You’ve been noticing the cracking paint
for months, but you don’t want to shell out the big bucks to hire a
professional. Don’t fret!
With the weather warming and the nice Spring weekends,
it’s the perfect time to tackle that project of painting your home.
While this might
seem like an insurmountable project, especially if you have a multi-story home,
it’s not. It just takes the right tools and a bit of hard work. Below are
step-by-step instructions to having the outside of your house looking shiny and
Test for lead.
before 1978 could have used lead paint, so be careful if you have an older
home. They make kits that test for lead paint. If your home tests positive,
then ensure you take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your
Scrub it up.
You need to wash
the exterior of your home before painting. Mildew thrives under new paint, so
kill it with a solution of water and phosphate-free cleaner.
Scrape and sand.
Take a scraper
to your home’s exterior to remove any pealing paint. Spraying water under the
paint as you scrape helps speed up the process. Then sand down any rough spots,
so that you have a smooth canvas.
Apply the primer.
Paint on the
primer immediately after you’ve prepped the wood. This will provide and even
base for your topcoat of paint.
Buy some caulk.
You’ll need to caulk
all the joints to prevent water penetration and air leakage.
Pick out your paint.
water-based latex paint. It’s easier than applying oil-based paints. However,
if your home already has an oil-based paint, you’ll have to stay with it. Then
either grab a brush or rent a sprayer to start painting your home.
Maintain your exterior.
Be sure to check
your home annually for any potential problems. Replace cracked caulk, remove
mildew and patch any peeling paint before it spreads.
Utilize the beautiful Spring weather to get started on painting your home. By not hiring a professional, you’ll save money and have bragging rights
when you receive compliments on the condition of your home.
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