Preparing Your House For Exterior Painting

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Preparing Your House For Exterior Painting

Once you’ve chosen your paint type and color, you’re almost ready to go. You’ll need more than paint to do the job, however, such as applicators, tools and materials. There are three types of paint applicators, and you may use any one or a combination of them: brushes, rollers and sprayers. You’ll also need wide-width masking tape, scrapers of various sizes and a utility knife.

Plan ahead when painting. The time of year is key, so understand your local weather patterns. Select a dry time of year when there is little rain and lower humidity. Paint needs time to dry and will not adhere to surfaces that are not dry.

The first task is to estimate how much paint you will need. Measure the length of all sides of the house, then multiply the length of all sides by the height of the house, adding two feet to the height for overhang. There’s no need to subtract doors and windows as you’ll probably need the extra for touch-ups. Now divide the total square footage of your project by the coverage rate displayed on the paint can you’ve selected.


There are several other steps involved painting yourself.   The other option, is to hire professional painters.

I would highly recommend receiving 3 bids and research the professionals prior to hiring.  Getting referrals is always best.

Painting every 8-10 years or sooner is part of overall home maintenance.  Happy Painting!!

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