michiganPainting • June 25, 2013 • Comments Off on Exterior Painting Step By Step – How To Paint Your Home
Painting the exterior of your house is one of the hardest painting project that you can encounter but if done right it can protect the house from further weather damage and it can enhance the look of the house.
The first step is to clean the exterior and make sure the surface is ready for paint. Use a power washer to clean dirt and loose paint, keep the wand in constant motion because at 2700 PSI, water will puncture a hole in the wood and create more damage to the house.
On older houses with gingerbread shingles do not use a power washer because of the high pressure but instead scrape each shingle with a scraper or putty knife, this might take longer over time but its better than damaging the shingle with the power washer.
Once you have scraped all the lose paint make sure you apply primer over all the bare spots for better coverage once you begin painting, since paint will not stick to bare wood. Once all the prep work is complete replace bad shingles that have a large gap or for a more cost effective fix caulk the gaps with high grade caulk.
Once all the chalk is dry it’s time to start painting. Professional painters use paint guns to spray the paint on quickly and evenly and you can easily rent the same spray gun from your local tool store. Keep the nozzle a few inches away from the wood and evenly spray the paint and try to avoid any running paint.
Once you have painted the first coat it is time to move on and paint with a roller. Roll upward over the surface of each shingle in order to push paint into the minute nooks and crannies, creating a seal. Without this step, air bubbles trapped under the new layers of paint could cause chipping in just a few months.
Once the shingles area painted and dried it is time to paint the trim. Use a paper to mask off the area near the trim since the spray gun will spray a wide stream of paint and masking tape is not wide enough. Next, reload the paint gun with white paint and spray the trim.
Once you have completed the project wash the power sprayer by running water through it until you see only water spraying out of the spray gun. If you prefer to wash your roles instead of throwing them out make sure you soak them in water for before taking them out and leaving them out to dry.