Are you all set to paint the exteriors of your home and take its aesthetics to the next level? If yes, then it is time that you start your preparation and engage with only what’s best for your home. Now, we all know what a beautiful coat of paint can do for your place, it not just enhances your home’s curb appeal but also adds a protective layer to your home. So, it’s not something that should be taken lightly.
To help you make the right choices and bring only the best to your home, from our painters in Sydney, here is a list of things that you need to know about painting your home’s exterior. Keep them in mind and make the best out of your exterior painting project.
Never Compromise on Quality
When you are out there to buy materials for your exterior painting project, you are going to find materials of diverse price ranges. If you were planning to go for the cheapest option, then as professionals we recommend you not to do so. When it comes to painting materials like paint and primer, there is a huge gap between what is cheap and what is economical and what this gap is filled with is quality. There will be many cheap varieties that you can get your hands on and they will seem like a good bargain in the short run but in the long run, this choice might end up costing you more.
Painting is an investment that will work in favour of your home for years to come and when you compromise in quality, you cut down the number of years by a significant amount. A good quality paint offers better adhesion, durability, better finish and colour retention and is resistant to cracking and peeling. So, choosing good quality paint instead of trying to save some extra bucks is a cost-effective option that will provide your home with the best painting solution.
Paint Won’t Work Well With Dirt
Always remember that cleaning comes before painting. Why? There are two reasons:
- Painting doesn’t stick well with dirt and leaves a lot of space for peeling and cracking.
- When you paint directly to dirty walls or ceilings, you will be unable to achieve that perfect, smooth coat.
When you paint the exterior of your home, you would want it to be both perfect in terms of appearance and durability. But when you don’t engage in thorough cleaning work before starting the painting work, you deny your home of both and this is not desirable for any homeowner. So, protect your home against this and help it avail of all the benefits that a good painting job brings in.
How to Clean Your Home’s Exterior for Painting?
- Sand your walls and roof using sandpaper to get rid of any peeling paint.
- Pressure wash the exteriors to get rid of any dust, dirt particles or debris.
- Let the surface dry properly because paint doesn’t work well on damp surfaces.
- Make sure to fill any gaps and holes in your walls to ensure smooth surfaces.
Paint proof the Nearby Landscape
Painting your home’s exterior shouldn’t be about first ruining the nearby landscape and then investing your time and money in cleaning it afterwards. When it comes to your home’s curb appeal, beautifully painted exteriors are important and so are clean surroundings and splashes of paint do take a lot away from this said cleanliness. So, rather than cleaning the mess once you finish the painting work, take a preventive measure, i.e., paint proof your landscape. Cover the nearby areas including fences, floors, outdoor furniture and plants with a cloth or plastic. Even if the paint spills, the paint would fall on the cover and not damage the surfaces beneath.
Never Say No To Primer
A coat of primer is a prerequisite for evenly painted surfaces. When you apply paint directly onto your walls and roof, there is a possibility that the shade is not even throughout the surface, and a coat of primer negates this possibility. Also, primer paves way for better adhesion, better colour and even enhances the durability of the entire paintwork.
So, before you actually begin with the painting work, make sure that you apply a coat of primer to the surface. Nowadays, there are some products available in the market that combine paint and primer, while they are comparatively costly, they are more efficient. It helps you cut down on the number of coats that you have to apply and makes way for easy and efficient painting work.
Follow the Top to Bottom Rule
As professional painters, there is a traditional painting method that we always follow i.e., painting from top to bottom. Why? Simply because when you paint a surface, streaks and drips are natural and are something that you cannot avoid no matter how professional you are. So, what you can do is start from the top and work your way down because that way you can cover up any drips in the process. Unlike when you go from bottom to top, where the drips might ruin the sides that you have already painted. This is a simple rule but quite an important one if you wish to create a perfect finish.
So, these are the few things that you need to know about painting your home’s exterior. If remembering it all seems a lot and following it through seems like a difficult task, there is no reason for you to engage in DIY. We at Sydney Wide Painters are there to efficiently take care of all your painting needs at the best prices in the industry. Get in touch with us today and pave the way for beautifully painted exteriors.