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Steps to Painting Exterior Walls

To get an appealing effect from the chosen house paints one must follow the following steps,

Prepping the Walls

To get precise and professional-looking finish one needs to prepare, clean the exterior surface of the house before attempting to paint. Experts believe that ninety-five percent of a good painting job requires having well-prepared surface.

When repainting over an existing exterior house paint color, one should review the condition of the walls for chipping, flaking, mildew and other imperfections that need attention before the painting begins.

Plug and Patch

Before starting with house painting colors, one must seal any cracks and tend to the joints where exterior materials meet one another, such as window frames, door frames, molding, and facade.

Gently sand the wood trim and doors to ensure an abrasion-free ideal surface for house painting.

Prime Perfectly

To make sure you have a flawless paint job, prime the exterior walls with care. Using primers with high resin content that covers old paint and locks it in place, creating an ideal surface for the new paint to adhere.

Check the instruction on the primer or sealer to determine the waiting period before applying the house paint colors.

Choose Quality Paint

An ideal house paint color is 100 percent acrylic latex, consisting of three main components:

  • Color Pigments.
  • Binders.
  • Solvents.

As paint dries, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind the paint pigments and binders. Higher quality paints have a high content of volume solids and good quality binding agent.

Pick House Paint Colors

There are ample of choices based on location, personal preference, stylistic elements of your home. Choose a color that complements the structure of the house and provides it curb appeal.

Choose at least 3 colors, one primary color for the overall house, and two complimentary accents for the windowsills, doors, roof and other fixtures.

Sample and Try

Deciding between two shades can be overwhelming. Try paint sample on a non-prominent section of the house. Observe the results at different times of day to get the right feel of the paint color.

House painting ideas can be found online or through home catalogs. One can also hire experts to help decide the color scheme for the house, as painting is an expensive and elaborate task.