Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem. It’s best to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it in a 5-gallon bucket (a process called “boxing”).
Painting the exterior of a home is a job that requires sufficient time and preparation. It also helps if you know a few “tricks of the trade,” which is what we’re going to reveal here.
1. When buying paint, buy quality:
There are a lot of bargain-brand paints out there, and you shouldn’t use any of them. Like with many other purchases, it pays to buy quality.
2. Clean the surfaces:
No professional painter would paint over unwashed walls with chipping and peeling paint, and you shouldn’t either. Put in the extra time on the front end for preparation for a smoother job and a longer-lasting result.
3. Something rotten?
If you have areas of rot on your exterior walls, either replace with new material or use a wood hardener and match with a filler designed for exterior surfaces. You might want to consult a professional for this one.
4. Don’t forget the primer:
You have two options: 1 – apply a quality primer, sand and then apply the paint; 2 – purchase a brand of paint that has primer included in it. The latter option will cost you more out the gate, but that cost may be recouped by not having to buy a separate primer and not having to apply so many coats. Talk with a paint expert before deciding.
5. Cover the surroundings:
Unless you want your shrubbery, flowers and tree limbs to be color-coordinated with your home, cover them before you start painting. This goes for anything else outside that you don’t want to get paint on – because, trust us, you’re going to get paint on it if it’s not protected.
6. Paint-combining for consistency:
Rather than use paint can by can, mix same-color paints five gallons at a time in a large bucket. Professional painters always do this to ensure a more consistent and uniform color. But remember to mix only the exact same shade from the exact same manufacturer, because what one maker calls “ivory” may not be the same as another brand’s “ivory.”
7. Always work from top to bottom:
This is an easy way to get a superior finished product. Painting from the top of surfaces to the bottom results in less streaking and other accidental imperfections such as drips and runs. You’ll never see a pro going bottom-to-top.
8. Paint and rain don’t mix:
When planning an exterior painting project, get all your “ducks in a row” and then pay attention to weather forecasts for an upcoming dry period.
9. Storing unused paint:
Proper Storage for PaintLids on cans and other paint containers must be tightly sealed. Go easy when removing lids so they’ll fit correctly when putting them back on. Tap lids shut with a rubber hammer. Make a better seal by placing plastic wrap over the mouth of the can before putting on the lid.
Professional painters have spent years learning these and many other “tricks of the trade” for exterior house painting projects. Dave Burlett Painting is always available to help with any interior or exterior paint job, guaranteeing you fantastic results. Call us at (828)974-4385
More is not always better and less might not be either. See some examples below but ask a professional to determine what’s best!
This is a question we hear a lot. We hear it from people who just moved into a house with wallpapered walls they don’t like. The rumor you often hear is that you can’t paint over wallpaper, that you have to go through a massive stripping effort before paint can safely be applied. This is only true in some instances.
This happens when paint detaches from the surface.
Prevent: Paint only on clean, dry surfaces. Cover stains with a good primer. Don’t paint in weather that’s particularly hot and humid. Don’t let moisture come in contact with the surface until paint is thoroughly dry.
- To avoid lingering paint odors, use low-VOC or no-VOC paints from a trusted manufacturer
- Keep rooms and walls at a moderate temperature (no less than 40 degrees) so the paint will create a solid bond with the walls
Nothing is more discouraging when you’ve finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. Continue reading
Before the we paint walls, we fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called “flashing”). Continue reading
When painting over existing paint, it is important to know whether the old paint is latex or oil.
To find out, do this simple test. Rub a rag or cotton ball soaked in denatured alcohol over the painted surface. If your rag or cotton ball has paint on it, the surface is latex. If not, the surface is oil based paint. If it is oil based paint, you will need coat of oil based primer before starting.