How To Paint The Exterior Of Your Home

If you have wooden siding, the good news is that you can change the color whenever you want. If the siding is still in good shape and you only need to make a few repairs, you can easily paint your home any color you like. You'll need to do take the right steps in order to get the paint adhere properly and for your hard work to last quite a few years. See below for instructions on how to properly paint the exterior of your home.

1. Have Your House Tested

If your home was built prior to 1980, you may want to have your home tested before you begin scraping away the paint. The paint on your home could contain lead, which can cause breathing issues and other illnesses if the dust from the paint is inhaled. If you have lead in your paint, precautions may need to be taken in order to prevent this from happening to you and the neighbors around your home. If your home was built after 1980, you can skip this step.

2. Pressure Wash

Pressure wash your home to help remove mold, mildew, and other debris from your siding. Be sure when using a pressure washer that you don't spray the underside of the boards, as you can get water behind your siding and cause mold to grow behind your siding. For harsh stains, use a siding cleaner made for wood siding.

3. Scrape Old Paint Off

Any paint leftover after pressure washing should be scraped off. You want a flat, even surface when painting your siding, and you also want to be sure you have a solid surface to work with so the new paint can adhere properly.

4. Make Repairs

Make repairs to the siding by filling in holes or dents with putty or a patch kit. Apply the putty or patch following the manufacturer's directions, then allow it to dry thoroughly. Once it's dry and hardened, sand down the putty/patch so it's even with the rest of your siding. Also be sure to caulk around windows, doors and around all joints. Use a caulk that can stand up to weather.

5. Apply Primer

Use a primer to help coat the old surface and cover up the old color so your new color can not just adhere better, but will cover better as well. Look for an exterior primer at your local hardware store.

6. Paint

Paint your home after the primer coat has dried thoroughly. Use a paintbrush to get into corners and to get to the underside of the siding laps. Then use a roller to roll on the paint. Apply the paint in even coats, and use an exterior acrylic paint that is easier to work with than oil based paint. Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat. Extra coats of paint run the risk of chipping off easier, so try your best to get the job done in two coats or less.

Painting your home's exterior properly will help ensure a longer-lasting paint job, as will maintaining your siding. Maintain your siding by cleaning it often and removing stains, mold and mildew immediately to prevent damaging your paint.

Painting the exterior of your home is a big job. Call a professional painting company like Forss Painting Inc for a price quote to help save you from doing all of the work yourself.