Exterior House Painting Uncovered

Painting the front of your house is probably the most drastic thing you can do after knocking it down. 

And if you’re looking for a refresher, or maybe some way to distinguish yourself from the crowd, then look no further than exterior painting. Costs can vary, but if you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself, you can save hundreds.

So how to go about residential painting for the uninitiated? Read on…

Painting Preparation

Give it a scrub

Before you apply even a drop of color, your house (or wall) will need to be thoroughly washed. 

You might not realize this, but the exterior of your house is dirty, and before painting it with pretty colors, you need to give it some serious elbow grease!

If you don’t believe us, then start by rubbing it down with a white cloth and seeing how black it gets. 

But washing by hand is time-consuming and back-breaking, so how can you speed it up? 

One of the best ways is to invest in a pressure washer. Just like a human, your house will need two washes – the first with soap and the second with clean water.

If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can achieve the same with a hosepipe, but it will be more labor-intensive.  

Pressure washing or hosing will eliminate all the big problems and unsightly barnacles that have somehow attached themselves to your house (hornets nests, leaves, etc.)

Prime It!

Do you need to prime the front of your house before a paint onslaught? Well, maybe. 

The good news is that you won’t need to prime the whole thing. However, you should find the areas that need attention the most and then treat them.

However: if you are radically changing your exterior’s color, then full-on priming might be unavoidable. You will also need to prime problem areas such as untreated woodwork, bare spots, and other brickwork glitches.

Pointer: when it comes to applying color, primed areas will always seem lighter, so be prepared to give at least two coats in this area. 

Exterior house painting

Spray it

Spraying is a good option for outdoor painting as it can cover a lot of space quickly. However, it needs some careful prepping. Think about covering up the paving, plants, and other areas in the front of the house that you don’t want to blast!

Large areas are not only good for spray paints, so are any delicate, intricate, or period features in the outdoor space, which is good news because of the costs (not to mention the fiddliness) of trying to do these jobs with a brush and paint can quickly stack up. 

Roll with it

There are times when rolling with it are best, and some of those are when you have a nice flat wall that will react well to paint being rolled over it. We advise you first check to ensure that your walls can take this treatment as not all types can be.   

We won’t lie. Exterior painting is hard work, and it might be worth the cost to hire someone to take it on for you. But it is the single-most simple transformation you can make to the front of your house without needing planning permission!