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Smart Tips for Painting Your House

1.Paint Options

When it comes to different types of exterior there are only two to choose from, water-based latex and oil-based alkyd.

The choice is up to you but just remember that if you’re applying latex paint over an existing alkyd paint . Be sure to prime the area first to ensure the new topcoat will adhere to the old oil-based paint.

2.Paint Prices

Here at Skerries Hardware and Pet Centre we are always happy to help you decide what paint would suit your project and budget the best.

3.Read the Label

Few people bother reading the tiny print when it comes to paint but that label is there for a reason so we recommend that you take the few minutes before starting any project.

4.Prep the Surface

For the new paint to adhere to the surface, you must clean the house’s exterior of all dirt, grime, mildew, and chalky residue. A power sprayer provides the easiest way to accomplish this, but hand scrubbing with a stiff-bristle brush is just as effective and often doesn’t take much longer because it requires little preparation and setup time.

Use a hammer and a nail set to tap all nailheads below the surface, then fill the holes with exterior-grade putty. Once the putty is fully cured, sand it flush. If you’re applying new caulking around windows, doors, and trim, be sure to use a caulk that’s paintable.

You can paint directly over the old painted surface as long as it’s in good condition. Be sure to scrape and sand any spots where the old paint has blistered or flaked off. And you must prime any bare wood before you paint it.

5.Brush or Roller? Yes!

The fastest, most effective way to apply exterior paint is with both a paintbrush and a roller. Brush paint onto narrow surfaces, edges, and smaller areas, and use a short, small-diameter roller to paint large and long surfaces such as siding and trim.

6.Start in the Shade

Painting in direct sunlight or applying paint to a sun-baked surface will make fresh paint dry too quickly. As a result, it won’t adhere well and will blister and flake prematurely. So begin painting on the shady side of the house. (If the surface is damp, wipe it dry.) Then wait for sun to move and the other sides of the house to become shaded—or just paint on an overcast day.

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