A fresh coat of exterior painting can breathe new life into a home. It’s one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your property value. When it comes time to paint exterior trims, you should keep a few things in mind.
Lone Star Homes Roofing Systems will outline some great tips for painting exterior trims like a pro in this blog post.
Tip 1: Rain Check
Top on our list is to check the weather forecast. You’ll want to avoid exterior painting on days that are too hot or humid, as this can cause the paint to blister. When the weather is too cold or rainy, the paint won’t adhere properly.
Tip 2: EPA Regulations
Next on our list is to be aware of EPA regulations. These apply to lead-based paint in homes built before 1978. You can contact a professional for testing services if you’re unsure if your home is affected.
Tip 3: Clean Surface
The best way to start exterior painting is on a clean slate. This means pressure-washing or hand-scrubbing the surface you’re painting. This will remove dirt, grime, or chalking built up on the siding.
Tip 4: Careful Inspection
Any damage to wood or siding needs repairs before exterior painting. This includes cracks, holes, and loose boards. Once the damage is resolved, you’ll want to sand the area before painting. You can also use caulking to seal any gaps.
Tip 5: Brush or Roller?
You’ll want to use a paintbrush for detailed work, such as painting around windows. For the main body of the house, you can use a roller. Start with an angled brush to get into the corners and spaces where the roller can’t reach.
Tip 6: Prime Paint
Any wood trims should be prepped with a primer before painting. This will help the paint adhere to the surface and produce a more even finish. For the painting itself, water-based acrylic latex works a charm. Enjoy easy application, clean-up, and fast drying, even on surfaces like stucco.
Tip 7: Top to Bottom
There’s an order to everything, even exterior painting. You’ll want to start from the top and work your way down. That means painting eaves, soffits, and gutters before you move on to window frames, doors, and shutters.
Tip 8: Doors and Windows
For windows, start from sashes out to frames. The sills also need attention, as they suffer the brunt of the elements. As for doors, don’t forget to paint both sides and the doorjambs and trim. If you’re unsteady with a brush, remove the knobs, latch plates, and knocker. You could even remove the door from its frame and use a sawhorse for better precision.
Tip 9: Shutter Up
Exterior painting shutters will give your home an instant facelift. It’s messy work, however, so it’s best to remove them from their exterior wall spaces and paint them on sawhorses. To avoid handprints, grab your gloves or a damp cloth to handle them after the paint dries.
If you’re not feeling confident about tackling the job yourself, reach out to Lone Star Homes Roofing Systems. We provide progressive roofing and solar solutions in El Paso, TX. Our team is passionate about making your home exterior look its best!