10 Professional Tips on Exterior House Painting

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Does your house need a new coat of exterior paint? Is the paint flaking or fading, or do you just want to change up the color scheme? No matter the reason, a new exterior paint job can really improve the looks of your home and enhance its curb appeal.

Are you thinking of doing the job yourself? Painting your home’s exterior surfaces and trim can be a big job. It requires lots of time and effort, and if it’s not done right, it will look shoddy. That’s why HBP Painting recommends you hire us for all your house painting needs.

Exterior Painting Process

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You may not realize all the steps necessary to get quality results from your exterior paint project. We’ve listed them here to inform you what the professionals do to achieve success. And as a warning that if any steps in the process are skipped, you may not like the outcome.

1. Get All the Materials and Tools.

Before you even start, it’s best to make sure you have everything necessary to complete the project from start to finish. You don’t want to have to stop and go to the paint or hardware store for something you forgot.

Some items you’ll need include:

  • Primer
  • Exterior paint (flat or eggshell plus exterior semigloss)
  • Pressure washer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paintbrushes and rollers
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Ladder
  • Paint scraper
  • Epoxy filler
  • Medium-grit sanding block
  • Putty knife
  • Exterior caulking
  • Caulk gun

Make sure you purchase enough of each item for the square footage of your house. Also, you may need more than one ladder, or even scaffolding, if you have a two-story house.

2. Clean Surfaces.

The paint will adhere better and go on smoother on a clean surface. Use a pressure washer to remove debris, dirt, and dust. Work from top to bottom, overlapping each stroke for full coverage.

3. Repair Damages.

You’ll need to fill in any holes or cracks with epoxy filler with a putty knife. Allow epoxy to dry, then sand the surface.

4. Protect Surrounding Area.

Use drop cloths and plastic sheeting to protect landscaping, outdoor furnishings, or other items in the paint area that can’t be moved. Use painter’s tape to keep paint from getting on trim, doors, and windows.

5. Scrape off Loose Paint.

Use a paint scraper to remove any chipped paint. You may need to sand down these scraped surfaces afterward.

6. Fill in Cracks.

You’ll need to caulk the gaps between siding and trim, and around doors and windows.

7. Prime if Needed.

Primer is not always needed; for example, if you’re repainting with the same color or a darker color. However, going to a lighter shade will need a coat of primer. You can use the paint sprayer to apply the primer; however, because of its thickness, you may need to thin the primer out for easier application.

8. Paint the Siding.

Fill the paint sprayer with the flat or eggshell exterior paint and spray from top to bottom, overlapping each stroke. Depending on the color of paint, you may need two coats.

9. Paint the Trim.

Once the painted siding is dry, remove the sheeting and painter’s tape from the windows, trim, and doors. Apply two coats of exterior semi-gloss paint to the trim with a paintbrush.

10. Clean Up!

Once every exterior surface is painted, as desired, it’s time to clean up the area. Remove any drop cloths that cover non-painted items or areas. Clean up any spills. Remove all tools and materials from the work site.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Exterior House Painter

If you’re still considering a do-it-yourself paint project, you may want to read on for additional reasons to hire a professional instead.

  • Quality. Professional painters are trained and experienced in the proper prep and techniques of the trade. They use the right materials and the best quality paint to achieve the best results.
  • Time. Painting the exterior of a house is not a small project. If you can’t dedicate yourself full-time, it will drag on for days or weeks. A professional team of expert painters are working the entire time, so the job will be finished more quickly.
  • Materials. A professional painting contractor already has all the tools needed to do the job and brings them to the job site.
  • Disruption. It will always take an amateur much longer to finish a project than a team of professionals. That means your home will be in a state of upheaval for the duration.
  • Liability. A licensed and bonded professional paint contractor is insured against any damages or injuries that occur on the job.

Hire the Experts for Your Exterior House Painting

When you hire HBP Painting to paint your home’s exterior, you can be confident you’ll get the results you expect and deserve. We guarantee all our paint projects for a full three years. If you’re not satisfied with the results, or if something goes wrong during that period, we’ll make it right.

Give us a call to get a free estimate for you next exterior house painting project.