In most Phoenix homes over ten years old, the exterior paint is cracking, peeling, or fading, but the last thing you want to do is pay for an expensive painting company to do the work for two to three times what it would cost to do it yourself! Many people think it is as simple as getting a bucket of paint and a roller and you are done, but it is actually a lot more complicated than that. Luckily, One Avenue has a step-by-step guide for you to follow and some Turn Key Tips for you to use along the way.
Step 1: Clean the surface of the exterior
Just like interior painting projects, it is very important to clean the exterior surface. A power washer is a great tool and will rid the surface of any dirt and loose paint that can keep the new paint from sticking.Turn Key Tip #1: When using a power washer, be sure to keep it in motion because at 2700 PSI it can bore a hole in your wall if on one spot for too long!
Step 2: Adding primer
Paint does not stick very well to bare wood, so when painting the exterior of a home, make sure to coat the surface with primer. Use a roller to apply an oil based primer and then top it off with latex or acrylic for a better seal.Turn Key Tip #2: Apply painter’s caulk to any cracks and holes to keep the weather out. Use your finger to smooth the caulk.
Step 3: Mixing your exterior color
After deciding on the color you want to paint your home’s exterior, you will want to make sure that all of the cans of paint you buy (because you will definitely be buying more than a few cans) are the same color. To ensure they are the same color it is helpful to combine the cans of paint also known as “boxing” the paint. Get a big bucket and pour all of the cans in, this will ensure that your paint is one uniform color.Turn Key Tip #3: When deciding on what paint to buy make sure to choose quality over price. Lower quality paints cannot stand up to the Arizona sun’s weathering, and in the long run, you will be paying a lot more to repaint it.
Step 4: Paint gun your house
No, we are not using paintballs, but this method is just as fun and exciting. Use the paint gun to add the first coat of color to your exterior. Always paint the exterior top to bottom to prevent streaks and use a back and forth motion to apply the paint.Turn Key Tip #4: Like the power washer, paint guns spray with a pressure above 2,000 PSI. This is enough power to put paint into your arm down to the bone so be extremely careful during this process! Always wear a mask to prevent poisonous gas from being inhaled.
Step 5: Adding additional coats of paint
After the first coat is applied with the paint gun, you will want to paint additional coats on with a small roller. You will use a technique called backrolling which consists of rolling upward over each shingle to create a seal over nooks and crannies between the wood. If you do not backroll, then air bubbles will be trapped and the paint will begin to chip within a few months.Turn Key Tip #5: When painting the second coat make sure to buy multiple rollers as the paint dries fairly fast, and a second roller might need to be used. When finished painting or taking a break, make sure to wash the paint out of the roller or else it will harden and be ruined.
A Few Extra Turn Key Tips:
Add aluminum wedges to the bottom of siding to increase airflow which prevents buildup of mold due to moisture.
The greatest threat to painting your house is mother nature. A day of rain on your freshly painted exterior can destroy all of the hard work you put in. Look at a 7 day forecast that calls for no extreme weather, usually sometime in the fall.
If you are painting a porch, add a bit of sand to the paint before applying to add a little grip.
If you have paint left over at the end of your project, a great way to keep it fresh is to reseal it. Place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the open can. Spray cooking oil over the plastic and tightly secure the lid. Turn the bucket upside down, and you will have a brand-new seal!
Painting your house can seem like a daunting task, but follow these steps and make sure to remember our Turn Key Tips! You will have the work done in no time at all. Give One Avenue Inspection a call if you need recommendations! 623.299.2142