Fundamentals of Painting Exteriors

Fundamentals of Painting Exteriors

It is spring time in Brampton and the perfect time to paint the exterior of your home. Today we are going to cover some fundamentals on exterior painting.

Choosing the right colors for your home renovationSupplies

While many are the same as the fundamental supplies there are a few extra’s for exterior painting. Ladders and scaffolding can make the job much easier to finish and also safer.

Paint scrappers are going to be needed depending on the exterior of your home. If it is wood you will need to scrape the peeling paint off. You will need to fill any holes from nails or other damage such as boring insects.

Sanding will be done once all the loose paint is scraped away. You will want to sand the house to make a smooth even surface to apply the primer too. Also sanding roughens the area that is going to be painted to allow the primer to adhere to it better.  Make sure to get some sanding blocks and a couple different grits of paper.

The supplies, preparation, and actual painting differ little in Brampton from any other place in the world. Remember to paint when the humidity is not too high, you want your weather to be warm. The temperature should be around 10C to 26C. Never paint in direct sunlight, as it dries the paint too fast. You will want to start on the west side of the home, move to the north, then the south, and then the east.

Preparation

Preparation begins with having all your supplies on hand. Once you have your supplies ready, we will start with scraping the old peeling paint away.

Fixing any holes or other damages that need to be fixed, holes can be filled with plastic wood. If they are too deep or big for that you may need to replace a section of board. Once all the areas that need to be fixed are done you can move on to the next step.

Now you are going to sand any areas that are rough or bumpy. Sand until it is smooth and even with the surface to be painted. Wipe any sanding dust off the house.

Painting

Now that all the preparation work is done and your temperature is between 10C and 26C it is time to start painting.

Apply the primer first this is so the paint colour shade will stay the same through the entire painting of the house exterior. Many contractors are now using a small amount of tint in the same colour shade as will be painted or a light gray colour primer. This keeps the new colour uniform and even through the whole process and keeps old marks from grease, or stains from bleeding through.

Now that the primer is dry it is time apply the colour of your choice. You can apply the paint with a brush this will give the most professional look. The trim can be done with a spray roller.  Start on the west side and work your way around until you are finished.