10 Tips for Painting the Exterior of your Home

Colour is very important in our lives and plays a defining role. Few features of your home make an immediate visual impact like the exterior paint job, which conveys pride in your home, and helps define its personality. Colour can even save on energy consumption.

Choose the right paint colour

Here are 10 Important Tips for Painting the Exterior of your Home:

Step 1: Pick the Right Colour with Curb Appeal

There are so many colours to choose from that the decision can be overwhelming. Spend some time driving around your neighborhood to see what appeals to you and also to note the general tones used to make sure that your new paint job will complement and not stand out like a sore thumb.

  • Keep in mind your home’s history
  • Take note of your landscaping.  Is your home surrounded by plenty of trees? Then earth shades may look amazing on the exterior. Is your home near the sea? Then the use of turquoise and blue shades would be gorgeous colours to consider.
  • Pay attention to the exterior stylistic elements of your home and make sure to choose a colour that complements the roofing material and any brick or stone accents, etc.
  • Vibrant colours can fade sooner than more muted ones.
  • Trouble deciding between two shades? Paint a sample on a section of your home’s exterior and take a look during the different times of the day, in the various lighting, to see which one you like best.

Check out this “Construction Caribbean find” to help you – Colour Wiz App

 Step 2: Pick the Right Quality Paint

It is important to choose a good quality paint which will allow you to paint fewer times over the years, and will also achieve better coverage.  A good exterior paint which is 100 percent acrylic latex consists of the below three main components:

  • Pigments, which provide the colour.
  • Binders which will hold the pigment to the wall.
  • Solvents which make the paint spreadable. Today, most exterior paints are water-based.

A good quality paint will last 5 or 6 years or longer while some cheaper brands last for only 2 or 3 years.

Talk to your local paint specialist.

Step 3: Consider Mother Nature

  • It is important to plan when painting.
  • Choose a time of year which is dry ie when there is little rain and lower humidity.
  • Paint requires ample time to dry and will not adhere to surfaces that are not dry.

Step 4: Prep The Landscape

  • Painting is messy so be sure to cover the ground, bushes and any other vegetation below the area you are painting.
  • Move or cover any outdoor furniture, hoses, grills, etc.
  • Use drop cloths and weigh them down on the corners or securely wrap them around the items you are protecting.

Step 5: Prep Your Surface

A successful paint job depends on the preparation.  Take your time to do all the necessary steps and you will be delighted by the end result and have a paint job that will last for years.

First, remove any vegetative growth from walls.

wall house needing paint prep
Wall house needing paint prep for a lasting paint job

Paint needs a clean and dry wall surface to adhere

  • Clean surface thoroughly and allow to dry.
  • Be sure to sand and/or scrape as needed any areas that are peeling.
  • Fill any small holes using all-purpose powder fillers which are specified for exterior use.
  • Old masonry may need some more extensive repair. It is recommended to apply a fungicide, and stabilizing solution if the surface is flaky.
Wooden house with window in the Caribbean
Paint prep required for a lasting paint job

Paint Doesn’t Stick to Rotten Siding.

  • Replace damaged areas with new components,
  • If the damaged area is small, use a wood hardener and match with an exterior filler product, such as a wood filler
  • Be sure to prep and sand prior to painting.

Step 6: Take Time to Prime

Prime with a quality sealer to get the most out of your paint job.  If you are repainting walls that have become chalky or dusty, select a chalky wall sealer.

  • Use a latex primer for new construction.
  • Check the label on your primer or sealer to determine how long to wait before you begin painting.

Modern paint technologies have combined primer and paint into one product to minimize the number of coats.

Step 7: Combine Cans of Paint

Mixing multiple cans of the same colour of paint into a larger container will help ensure a uniform colour is applied to your home’s exterior especially if you have bought the paint in separate batches.

Step 8: Spray and Roll

The ideal way to paint exterior walls is called spraying and back-rolling.   Two people work together, one using a sprayer to quickly and evenly spread paint across the surface while the other person follows running a roller over the paint that has just been sprayed on. This delivers an even finish.

A second coat of paint is always recommended and needs to be applied after the required drying time of the first coat. Muted colours cover better than bright ones while vibrant shades usually require a second coat to achieve the full colour.

Step 9. Paint from Top to the Bottom

Starting at the top of a paint surface and working your way down to the bottom helps to control streaks. This paint technique will allow you to smooth out drips/mishaps in the direction you are working.

Step 10: Finishing Touches

The last step is to paint all trims, doors, windows, shutters, and other decorative detail, etc.

Home is where the heart is.  Go ahead and “Colour your World”.