Top 5 Best House Painting Ideas
If you are up for a challenge, this article will give you some great painting ideas that will make the job fun and easy. Exterior house painting can be a daunting task but it’s not impossible.
Invest In Quality Painting Tools
The texture of most home exteriors is rough and so you will require specific tools for scraping paint and paint application as well. Experts recommend that you buy synthetic bristle brushes, the best quality you can find. These are used for latex paint application. One of these brushes should be 4 inches and the other straight bristled 1 or 1 and a half inch brush. You will also need an angled brush which is used for detailed painting.
A roller can be used for applying paint on larger areas such as stucco, shingles or brick. The roller should be heavy duty, high quality, and at least half inch. Invest in nap roller covers and each can only be used for applying one color. Good thing is that they can be washed and reused. 9-inch rollers are ideal for painting flat large areas while the 7-inch rollers can be used for narrow areas.
Pick The Right Colors In The Right Quantities
The first step to a great painting job is finding the right colors. The ideal colors should compliment your home’s architectural details as well as fit in with your neighborhood’s character. You can get advice and assistant from the stores where you purchase your paint. You could also do some online research, read books and magazines to get ideas and inspiration.
Once you settle on a color and brand, buy a quart for each paint color. Avoid buying large quantities of paint before testing them on a small area of the home. If you don’t like any of the colors, it will be easy to change without losing much money.
Invest in the best quality of paint your money can buy. The higher the quality of paint, the longer it will last and the better it will look.
Consider The Weather
The first rule when it comes to weather is to never paint when it raining or during winter. There are other considerations most people don’t think much about. For instance, you should not paint under direct sunlight. This is because the heat from the sun causes the paint to dry too fast and make it difficult to evade lap marks.
Avoid painting when it’s very windy as well because the wind makes the paint dry fast and it also blows dirt into your wet paint.
Never apply latex paint when temperatures are 50 degrees F or lower. However, some latex paint is formulated for application during cold weather.
Avoid Common Mistakes
Lap marks are a common problem for most amateur painters. Lap marks appear as darker areas on the painted surface which occur when the painting is done over dried paint. To avoid these lap marks, paint a section at a time and do it quickly before the paint dries. Sometimes when the lap marks occur when applying the first coat of paint, you might be able to cover them when applying the second coat.
Brush marks are another problem. To avoid them, start each stroke at an area that is unfinished, and brush towards the finished area, sweeping the brush off and up in a similar movement.
Drips, sags, and runs are another common mistakes that can be easily avoided. Simply be vigilant in your paintwork. Pay special attention to edges and corners where paint often builds up and starts running. If the paint hasn’t started drying, brush out these drips and runs. Alternatively, you can let the drips and runs dry up completely before sanding them off with 100-grit sandpaper. After sanding you can spot the area with some fresh paint.
Techniques For Painting Like A Pro
Pros usually break down the painting process into two and if you can master this process then your paint job is guaranteed to be a success.
The first step is referred to as ‘laying on’ the paint. It involves applying the paint to an area in the fastest, most efficient fashion ever. At this stage, you don’t have to worry about the paint job being smooth. You can apply the paint using a roller, brush or even sprayer and apply just enough to cover the area without causing drips or run. Only paint a small area that will allow you to smooth it up before the paint begins to dry. Because humidity, heat and the kind of paint you chose to use will all affect the time it takes for the paint to dry. As you get more confident in the process, you can paint larger areas at a time. Most new painters waste too much time in this first process. Just remember that laying on the paint requires just a few strokes of the brush without stressing too much about appearance.
Once you’re done painting the small area, you can now start on the second step which is referred to as ‘laying off the paint’. In this process, first, use the brush to evenly apply the paint over the surface. Then finish the process by applying long continuous strokes over the same area. The objective of this step is to cover the area completely and cover up the first layer of paint and primer from the first step. This step should be done as soon as the first step is complete and before the paint dries up.
If you are a new painter, you might stress over how much paint is enough to apply in each step. The truth is, there is no exact way of telling. It might be harder when you first begin painting but as you move along, you will find the perfect balance.
Exterior house painting takes a long time and there is no fault in getting help from family and loved ones. We hope the ideas shared herein will give you the confidence and tools to bring you success in your painting job.
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