A good exterior paint job, will extend the life of the whole exterior of your house. A fresh coat of paint can transform even the most run-down house, and dramatically boost curb appeal to add thousands of dollars to your home’s resale value. Even if you’re not trying to sell your house, a professional-grade exterior paint job can help protect it from the elements.
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Paint stores can help with colors and quantities
Choosing exterior paint colors that complement the architectural details of your house and fit the character of your neighborhood is the first step to a great paint job. You’ll find brochures at the paint store with collections of colors.
Buy samples of each color you’ve chosen, and paint the entire color scheme on a small area of your house before committing to gallons. If you don’t like the results, change the colors and try again.
Next, take rough measurements of your house, noting the type of surface, for example, stucco, cedar shingles or smooth siding. Count the doors and windows. With this information, paint store employees can help you calculate the amount of paint you’ll need.
Check the weather
- Avoid painting on very windy days. The wind causes the paint to dry too fast and can blow dirt into wet paint.
- Don’t apply latex paint when the temperature is below 50 degrees F unless it’s formulated for cold weather application. Read the label to be sure.
- Don’t paint when there’s a chance of rain.
Plan a strategy for the most efficiency
In general, work from the top down. Paint large areas first and details last. Where two colors meet, allow time for the first color to dry before returning to apply the second color. For example, paint the window sash (the movable part) early in the day and return to paint the frame around the sash.
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