The ABCs of Painting the Exterior of Your Home

By: Adam Peters..

Today, painting the exterior of a home is not the hassle that it used to be. But, although it is easier than ever, that does not mean that it is trouble free. When you look at the cost of having a professional paint your home's exterior, you may still consider doing it yourself despite the trouble. One of the best first investments you can make in this area is a home design software program. This will help you figure how much paint you will need, what materials you will need, and how much the project will cost overall.
If you have used a given paint on your home before, you will know how it reacts on the surface of your house. But if you don't know, or if you are using a new paint, buy a small amount and test it on an inconspicuous part of the house to see how the surface will react.
Make sure you get the surface fully ready for the paint job by doing a thorough job of cleaning and sanding the surface. All chips should be scraped off and cracks smoothed down. After you have applied the paint, let it dry for a week and then see how it looks in various conditions such as sunny, cloudy, or even rainy. If you have tested in a shady area, take into account that it will look different in a sunny area, so you may want to test in a sunny area.
Try this test with both oil based (alkyd) and latex paints. Years ago, oil based was the only paint used for exteriors, but products have improved to such an extent that other types of finishes work just as well.
Latex dries faster and is much easier to apply, but it has the disadvantage of not holding up as long as oil based paints. Latex paint bonds easily with weather stripping and breathes well. This can be an advantage and a disadvantage, since moisture can be absorbed easily.
Cleaning up is a snap with latex based paints.
An oil based paint will be more durable, and for this reason it is stilled used extensively for trim, doors, porches and other surfaces that get a lot of wear.
Cleaning up after an oil based paint job is not easy, and new disposal laws make it even more difficult. In many locales, you cannot put oil based paint cans in the trash, but you must dispose of them at a special location, which may charge a fee for the disposal.
If you choose latex, use a roller made from nylon or some other synthetic. You should also use synthetic brushes for the trim and small spots. Brushes made of natural fibers will absorb the moisture in a latex paint, so spreading is not as easy. Conversely, for oil paints, use natural brushes and rollers made of lambs wool or another natural material.
You can obtain rollers in various Lents of pile-very rough down to very smooth. If you desire a smooth, polished look, you should choose a smoother roller.
A good hint for making cleanup easier with oil based paints is to keep the rollers and brushes in a plastic bag in the freezer between uses. Just let them thaw out and they will be like new.
When you start your painting job, make sure you get your surface fully ready. Sand down nail heads, putty any cracks and then sand the surface thoroughly. Paint dries slowly on plastic surfaces, so you may want to put a layer of newspaper down over your plastic drop cloths.
Check the weather before you start. You want to do your painting when the temperatures are mild and the humidity is low. Enjoy your project!
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