Painting Your Home’s Exterior Shutters

Painting Your Home’s Exterior ShuttersWhen it comes time to start on that house painting project you have been putting off, you need to know that the end result will be exactly what you want. Painting your home’s shutters can be a difficult task, especially if you do not know how to properly paint them. In fact, some people go into the project blindly and they find themselves with a mess half way through the job. Before you start to worry, check out the steps below for painting your home’s shutters.

  1. Always Remove Them and Clean Them

You always want to remove the shutters from your home before you paint them. If you paint them while they are attached to your home, you may not paint all of the surface area and you may accidentally get paint on the exterior of your home. Simply take the shutters off of your house and make sure to place the hardware in a safe place.

Once the shutters are removed, it is time to clean them. It is easiest to spray them with water as this will help to remove any dirt, mold, or dust that may be on them. You can use a soft soap on the shutters if you want to make sure they are extra clean.

  1. Sand the Shutters

Removing loose paint from the shutters is the next step and you will need to sand them down. As you sand the shutters, make sure to go over any rough spots, cracks, or imperfections. You want the surface to be smooth and easy to work with.

  1. Time to Paint the Shutters

Now it is time to paint the shutters, BUT only if they are dry from when you cleaned them. If they are dry, you can begin using your paintbrush and painting each board and the frame of the shutter. You want to make sure that the brush gets in between the slats and that you are painting both the front and back of the shutters for an even look.

Once your first coat of paint has dried, you will want to apply a second coat of paint as this will help protect your shutters from the weather. You must allow the shutters to dry completely in between coats and after the second coat has been applied.

  1. Reattach the Shutters

Once your shutters are completely dry, you can now add them to your home. Make sure you attach the hardware to the shutter first and then attach the shutter to your home. You want to be careful when attaching the hardware because if you move it the wrong way, it could scrape the paint and leave blemishes on the shutter.

If you have a house painting project that is coming up and you need help with it, do not hesitate to call a professional to work on your home. Sometimes, your shutters can be difficult to paint and you may miss a spot or two, so it is important that you take your time and remain patient throughout your house painting project. The team at Executive Touch Painters & Home Renovations is ready to help you – give us a call today.

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