10 Tips To Painting The Exterior Of Your House

10 Tips To Painting The Exterior Of Your House

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Painting the outside of a home is a great task, but the outcome is also great. Just by spending a few dollars on painting tools and materials, you will save a lot of money, elongate your trim and siding lifespan, and increase the value of your property. Besides, you will give your home a new and beautiful look again.

Even though you might spend a huge amount on painting tools and supplies, a similar job performed by a professional could cost you a fortune. The savings don’t come free, though. A lot of careful preparation is needed for a good paint job. 

Prepare to get everything set during summer to paint an average-size home. Having a pro painting, the exterior of your home costs several thousands of dollars.

However, it is more cost-effective to create time to do it yourself perfectly. We present the best tips to simplify your exterior painting project from picking the perfect paint to getting your home’s exterior ready.  

10 Tips to a Correct Exterior Painting

You need more than patience and perseverance to complete a high-quality exterior paint project. It requires a sharp eye, a steady hand, and little practice to paint straight lines, and crisp. Also, moving up tall ladders requires strength and the confidence to work immediately they are in position. 

Here are 10 tips that are helpful for your exterior paint task:

1. Gather the Materials required to paint

Repeatedly, we keep seeing people decorating quickly, only to discover that their paints are not enough to paint the entire space they’ve already started painting. This may be a problem in the middle of the job.

As a general guide, the following are the kind of materials you will need:

  • Exterior flat or eggshell paint
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Exterior semi-gloss paint
  • Medium-grit sanding block
  • Spackle knife
  • Drop cloths
  • Paint scraper
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Epoxy filler
  • Exterior caulk
  • Ladder
  • Caulk gun
  • Plastic sheeting 
  • Pressure washer

2. Prep your Surface

Though the temptation to start painting right away will rise, it is important to take time to prepare your surface to have a professional finish. Mildew activities continue under fresh paint and thus prevent proper adhesion of the paint due to dirt, grim, hole in the surface, and other wall problems.

So, clean the exterior of your home before you paint. You can use a water and phosphate-free cleaner mixtures like Jomax House Cleaner (which goes for $15 for each gallon) and Mildew Killer Concentrate ($8.50 per 32 ounces). 

You can choose to apply the solution using a sponge, though it will take a lot of time to go up and down the ladder, else, you may hire a professional to wash the siding as it is not a job for a learner, so the siding doesn’t get damaged by getting water under boards.

3. Scrape off Loose/Chip Paint

Get rid of loose, flaking paint immediately clapboards are dry. Although this can be done using infrared paint stripper or a hot-air gun, it is best done using a handheld scraper. Avoid using an open-flame torch as it can start a fire, and most states don’t even permit it.

For safety, while working, put on a mask and Tyvek suit, scrape only after spraying the paint with water, and gather the debris. Any residual rough area on the surface can be made smooth using a pad sander or 80-grit sandpaper. Do this gently to avoid leaving sander trails on the surface. 

4. Patch and Repair Damaged Walls

Take a walk around your house after you have washed, scraped, and sanded your wood siding to identify damaged surfaces like metal, stucco, wood, siding, or masonry. Fill cracks or holes with epoxy using a spackle knife. Once it dries, use a medium-grit sanding block to sand the area gently.

Check the chips, holes, and dings you’ve uncovered. Use patching putty or Zinsser’s Ready Patch, which goes for $20 per gallon to fill small holes or dings on the surface. Have a carpenter look and replace any bad or rotten wood. Additionally, address drainage issues that enable water to pool and enhance rot. 

5. Apply Primer

Primer should be applied once you’ve prepared the wood siding. Using grey, white, or tinted primer gives the topcoats a nice base for proper adhesion as well as a smooth canvas from which you can inspect your work. Areas like the angle where the horizontal meets with the vertical will be left out so you can see where the caulk application is required.

Use latex primer if you are painting an exterior made of bare wood, or one that was already painted using latex paint. However, if you are painting over several oil-based paint coats, do not think of considering any other paint than a fresh coat of oil-based primer. 

6. Caulk every Corner

Paint jobs get a smooth, appealing look using high-quality polyurethane acrylic caulks. However, the advantages are not fully aesthetic. With tight joints, there won’t be water penetration or air leaks.

Get the polyurethane caulks that goes for $7 per tube with 55-years warranties as it withstands weather element than the one that costs below $3 with 35 years warranties. Just about 7 tubes of caulk are needed for an average home. 

7. Select the Right Paint

It is easier to paint with water-based acrylic latex than handling oil-based paints because latex paint:

  • Applies easily
  • Dries quickly
  • Cleans up with just soap and water


If your house is already painted with oil-based paint, you must continue with it as it is even more durable than latex. Carefully select finishes. Generally, paint with a higher sheen can block the damaging rays from the sun.

Although satin is perfect for clapboards or shingles, but to protect the most frequent places in the house, such as doorframes, window casings, and porches, you need gloss paint. With $35 – $45, you can get a gallon of premium exterior latex. 

8. Paint Exterior

Load the paint sprayer with an eggshell or load flat exterior paint color. Apply 1 or 2 coats of your desired exterior paint to the house based on the hue’s density.

Ensure the work is done from top to bottom in a smooth and controlled way, overlapping by eight inches per stroke. 

Pro Tip

To get the proper coverage when changing the color of the exterior of your home from dark to light or light to dark, be sure, to begin with a coat of primer. There is no need for primer when applying a new coat of current color. During top coats application, less is considered more.

Many layers can lead to flaking of paint all through the years, while less paint is properly positioned to the underneath layer. One coat might be enough to change color from white to cream or yellow. Usually, two coats are often required when going from a dark to lighthouse and the other way round. 

9. Paint Trim and Doors

Get rid of plastic sheeting from windows, lighting fixtures, and doors. Use a paintbrush to apply two coats of exterior semi-gloss paint color to your doors and woodwork. Take away, drop cloths. 

10. Ensure Proper Maintenance

The life of your good paint job can be elongated by ensuring proper maintenance. This include: 

  • Checking and replacing any cracked or missing caulk annually
  • Getting rid of mildew and mold
  • Washing and cleaning stains from pollen and nesting birds
  • Preventing the spread of blisters and peels by touching up

Avoid these Common Problems

  • You start noticing lap marks as darker spots and only occurs when you paint over dried paint, simply by applying another coat. This can be avoided by working faster and painting in small sections to ensure the recently painted sections remain wet until the freshly applied paint can be brushed into it. In case you end up with lap marks after the first coat, cover it by the second coat.
  • You can easily avoid the popular brush mark left at the start and end of a brushstroke. Begin each brushstroke at an edge, window trim, against the door, or any unfinished spot. Then move the brush along the finished area and up and off work in a similar way. Note that there will be additional paint that displays like a brush mark or darker area if you stop the brush and set it down on a finished section or lift it off. 
  • Being always careful and cautious can help you prevent drips, sags, and runs. Double-check your work as you proceed, given special concentration to interior joints, corners, and edges where there may likely be build up and run of paint. Brush out the run of the paint if it is still wet. Hence, leave it to dry completely. Then you can sand it off using 100-grip sandpaper and use fresh paint to touch up the area. 


Contact us to do everything for you if you find all the above explanations too much. If you are on this page primarily looking for a house painter for your exterior paint job, we are here for you rather than just reading the information. Simply contact us to know how much your paint job will cost you within short minutes. If you need us to paint your house and would like a painting quote before you hire us, kindly contact us at (214) 978-4400 or request a painting estimate.

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