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How to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

 Not only does repainting the outside of your home transform the look, but it also protects your investment. Paint is a shield from sun, wind, and rain until the paint starts to crack and peel. 

Give your home a fresh, updated look by following these steps on how to paint your home’s exterior. 

How to Paint Your Home's Exterior


Step 1: Wash Your Home’s Exterior

Like any paint job, removing dirt and dust buildup is important to ensure the best coverage. 

  • A hose, 
  • Pump sprayer, 
  • Pressure washer or scrub brush.

These are all effective ways to clean the exterior of your home and a very important step on how to paint your home’s exterior.

Step 2: Repair Damaged Surfaces

After cleaning, note any damaged areas around your home, including: 

  • Wood, 
  • Masonry, 
  • Metal, 
  • Siding, or 
  • Stucco.

After applying filler to all spots, lightly sand with a sanding block for a smooth surface.

Step 3: Remove Loose Paint

Surround all areas with drop cloths before removing clipped or loose paint using a paint scraper or sand block.

Step 4: Caulk Fill

Around doors and windows, fill gaps between your home and trim using caulk.

Repair Damaged Surfaces

Step 5: Notice Stains

Walk around the outside of your home to locate all stains. To help cover stains, apply one coat of stain-blocking primer before painting.

Step 6: Cover Everything

Anything you do not want the same color as your future house, cover it. Doors, windows, and light fixtures must be protected using plastic sheeting and painter’s tape.

Step 7: Time to Paint

After steps 1 through 6, the fun part has arrived. 

Apply one to two coats of flat or eggshell exterior paint over the entire house using a paint sprayer. Work your way from top to bottom in a smooth and controlled manner. Take your time; this is not a sprint.

Step 8: Door & Window Trim

Remove the plastic sheeting and painter’s tape from doors and windows to add one to two coats of outdoor paint to all trim.

FAQ – How to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Can you paint over old exterior paint?

This is one of the most common questions that came up in the process of how to paint your home’s exterior. If the current paint is the same type as the next one to be applied and the wall is in good condition, you can use it without any problem. 

Otherwise, the wall must be sanded before proceeding with the painting.

Can you paint your own house outside?

Painting the exterior of your house takes more work than the interior. You can choose to hire professionals to do it, or you can easily do it yourself by following the steps mentioned above.

Is it better to brush or spray exterior paint?

You can get a flawless finish by spraying. At the same time, it is usually more manageable if you are inexperienced. 

On the other hand, painting achieves the best uniformity and coverage, being the best quality option.

What is the best time to paint my home exterior?

Generally, the best time to paint the exterior of your house is in early summer or late fall, when there is less rain and less humidity. 

FAQ - How to Paint Your Home's Exterior

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