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How to Properly Paint Your Home Exterior in 2024

Giving your home a fresh, updated look is a rewarding endeavor, and painting the exterior is a great way to achieve that. Here’s a straightforward guide to help you properly paint your home’s exterior without unnecessary complications.

Properly Paint Your Home Exterior

Materials You’ll Need:

Gather the following materials before you begin:

  • Exterior flat or eggshell paint
  • Exterior semigloss paint
  • Pressure washer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladder
  • Paint scraper
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Epoxy filler
  • Medium-grit sanding block
  • Spackle knife
  • Exterior caulk
  • Caulk gun
  • Plastic sheeting

Step 1: Pressure-Wash Walls

Pressure-Wash Walls

To ensure optimal paint coverage, start by removing dirt and dust buildup from your house using a pressure washer. Work your way from top to bottom in a smooth, controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 8 inches.

Step 2: Repair Damaged Surfaces

Repair Damaged Surfaces

Inspect the entire perimeter of your house for damaged surfaces such as wood, masonry, metal, siding, or stucco. Use a spackle knife to apply epoxy filler to cracks or holes. Once dry, lightly sand the repaired areas with a medium-grit sanding block.

Step 3: Caulk Trim

Caulk Trim

Fill any gaps between the house and trim around doors and windows using exterior caulk and a caulk gun. If your house has mixed materials like siding and brick, add caulk along the surface where different materials meet.

Step 4: Prime Stains

Prime Stains

Examine the exterior for any stains or visible wood knots. Apply one coat of stain-blocking primer to these areas using a paintbrush.

Step 5: Protect Doors, Windows, and Lights.

Painter Painting the Windows of a Exterior House

Cover doors, windows, and lighting fixtures with plastic sheeting and painter’s tape to shield them from accidental paint splatters.

Step 6: Paint Exterior

painter Painting Exterior House Windows

Load your chosen flat or eggshell exterior paint color into a paint sprayer. Depending on the color intensity, apply one or two coats of paint to the entire house. Work from top to bottom in a smooth, controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 8 inches. If changing from light to dark or dark to light color, start with a coat of primer for proper coverage. Primer is unnecessary when applying a fresh coat of the existing color.

Step 7: Paint Trim and Doors

Paint Trim and Doors

Remove plastic sheeting from doors, windows, and lighting fixtures. Apply two coats of exterior semigloss paint to woodwork and doors using a paintbrush.

Step 8: Clean Up

Clean painted wall with cloth

Once the paint has dried, carefully remove drop cloths and clean your painting tools. Admire your freshly painted home and enjoy the renewed curb appeal!

Following these steps will help you achieve a professionally painted exterior without the need for complicated techniques.

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