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House Painting Rules

» Painting
» Remodeling


Published: 02/19/2018 by Home Pros Guide


A new coat of paint can completely transform a house, and while painting a house can be a big job, it’s a project that can be completed in a week or two.

Painting your house is something you won’t want to repeat in a few years. With this in mind, here are some rules that will ease the work and help ensure a beautiful, lasting result.

1. Don’t skimp on materials.

Pay for top-quality paint. Top-quality paint lasts longer, and flows and covers better than poor-quality paint.

2. Do the necessary preparation.

For paint to adhere well, it must be applied to a surface that is clean, dry and not flaking or peeling. Depending on the condition of existing siding and trim, this often means considerable scraping and sanding may be required before you can paint.

3. Use the right tools.

A high-quality brush, roller and, for some houses, an airless sprayer can be rented at most home improvement centers or tool rental outlets. The easiest way to apply primer and paint to textured surfaces is to spray it on with an airless sprayer, and then back-roll it by hand with a roller to ensure adhesion.

4. Be realistic.

Don’t paint your house yourself unless you have the time, tools, skills and stamina to do the work. Depending on the size and height of your house and the condition of the existing siding, preparing and painting a house on your own can be a tedious, difficult job.

5. Wait for temperate weather.

Don’t paint on hot days, in the rain, or during windy or dusty weather.

6. Cover everything else.

Protect decks, shrubs, gardens, patios and walkways from paint spills and splatters with drop cloths or plastic sheeting. This will save you from big cleanup problems later.

7. Paint using proven techniques.

You can find lots of free information on the web, including videos by pros and experts that show specific techniques.