Painting the Exterior of a House - Things to Consider
Painting the outside of the house is not an easy job even for professional painting and decorating teams. If you have been tasked with patching up shabby exterior walls, here is the best order in which to plan and paint a house. Please note, however, that the size, shape and style of the house may of course require more time, particularly if you're dealing with large and complex buildings.
Plan the Time and Work
Painting the outside of the house always requires a lot of work and a lot of time. Before you take on a job, make a comprehensive list of your jobs by asking or visiting your client; are there any repairs needed? Are there significant areas of flaking paint that need considerable attention? Be realistic when organising your time and set out a list of the equipment, tools and paint you'll need. On average, painting the outside of a house takes about four days, depending on the size, so be sure to plan accordingly.
Prepare Your Tools and Paint
From flaking knives to paint rollers and brushes, make sure you have the right equipment for the painting and decorating job. Make sure you have your trusted ladder and enough of your chosen your paint. We recommend water-based paint for fast drying on most exteriors, and oil-based paints for more chalky, stained surfaces or on metal.
Clean and Prepare The Walls
Start by scrubbing and washing the exterior wall to get the dirt off before you start outside painting. If the house is free of any lingering grime, the paint will both adhere and last longer on the wall. You can then set about removing any of the chipped and flaking paint from the walls before you get started. By stripping these problem areas back and sanding any lumps and bumps, you can avoid a newly painted wall from looking strange and patchy for the client. Remember to patch and fill any holes or damages that have been done to the wall before starting. It is also a good idea to prep the windows by closing them, protecting surfaces with masking tape and sealing windows with caulk if possible, to prevent paint from dripping in. It is recommended that a good proportion of the first day — if not the whole day — is spent on washing, prep and repair.
Before you get going, check the weather forecast. Painting and decorating is best done when neither rain nor serious wind is forecast. It is also best done on areas of the house where the sun is not going to be direct as it can cause blistering to paint. Starting at the top of your house, make your way down the wall in large sections, from left to right. This has been proven to prevent falls when outside painting. If you're using a roller, we recommend applying the delicate areas around doors and window frames by brush as they don't cover or hold as much precision as paintbrushes.
© Copyright Hamilton Acorn Limited 2012