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Exterior painting 101


Have you looked at the front of your house lately and thought, “I really should paint” but the thought was quickly trumped by the million and one other things you would rather be doing? Well, let me just tell you, especially if your home is on the market, it will raise your homes curb appeal and make it more desirable. Plus, when you have friends and family over for outdoor entertaining they will be quite impressed by your handiwork.  


Have I convinced you to paint your home? Come on, it will be fun! Grab some friends and soak in some vitamin D.


Here are a list of things you will need to complete your project:

Exterior house and trim paint

Paint brush

Paint roller


Step Ladder

TSP solution

Cleaning brush or broom

Drop cloths


Exterior wood filler


Glazing compound


Stiff putty Knife

Garden hose with a pressure nozzle


Here’s a step- by- step guide on how to prep your area for painting:

1.  Remove your shutters. Reglaze your windows if the existing putty is cracked or shrunken. Remove the old putty with a chisel or stiff putty knife. Be careful not to break the glass. Apply the new glazing compound where needed and press it in place with a putty knife.  


2. Inspect the siding and fill any cracks with the wood filler and sand it down.


3. Using your broom or cleaning brush scrub the siding and the trim with TSP. An alternative to scrubbing would be to rent a pressure washer. Be careful not to force water into any cracks between the siding. Be sure to wear protective gear when using cleaners and chemicals.  


* Remove existing paint only if it’s loose or flaking. If your home was built prior to 1978, be sure to follow safety and containment procedures for Lead Paint. Check with your local building authority and visit for more information.


4. Rinse your home with a garden hose until the runoff is clear. If you used TSP make sure to rinse it twice to make sure that all of the solution is gone. Let it dry for 2 days before painting.


Phew, so now that your home is clean and dry it’s time to paint. :smileyvery-happy:      


Let’s first discuss what kind of paint you should use:

  • If you are painting a masonry surface, prime the surface first, or purchase a self-priming paint.
  • If you are painting cedar or redwood, use oil- based primer before you paint with latex based paint.
  • Apply primer to any bare siding.
  • Before you start, make sure there is no rain forecasted.


One last thing; make sure you cover anything that you do not want painted. While I’m a big fan of painting, not everything wants to be painted, like your bushes or AC unit. Tie your bushes back with rope. Turn off your AC unit and cover it with plastic.


Here’s the order in which you should paint:

  1. Roof trim and soffits
  2.  Inside corners and around the trim
  3. If you have clapboard or shingle siding, cut in on the bottom edge of the siding, then paint the face.
  4. Paint one section at a time and roll or brush on the paint. With your feet firmly planted, start at the top of the wall and work from as far as you can reach to your left. Finish the stroke directly in front of you. Keep doing this until this section is completely painted. Repeat this process on the right side.
  5. Blend the two sides together where they meet in front of you. Make sure to blend the new stroke with wet paint to avoid lap marks. This is called ‘keeping a wet edge’. Painting from corner to corner will ensure that the color is consistent.


Voila, a fresh new look has been born!


Please feel free to ask any questions that you have. We also really love before and after pictures.


Now through May 30, 2011 we are offering a mail- in rebate for $5 off for every 1-gallon and $20 off every 5- gallon bucket of paint you purchase. Click here for all the details. Restrictions apply; ask your local paint associate for details.


Happy Painting!



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Posted 2011-05-25T17:46:23+0000  by Christine_HD_ATL Christine_HD_ATL