Having the right supplies is essential for painting the exterior of your home successfully. You will need to use a latex paint and therefore should have a synthetic bristle brush to apply the paint smoothly. This brush will be used on any area of the exterior of your home that needs to be cut in. Once you have completed this cutting in process you can begin rolling the larger surfaces. Keep in mind, that a sprayer may seem convenient, however should only be used by a professional who knows what they are doing.
Some other supplies you will need to have on hand include:
- A ladder or step ladder
- Goggles or eye glasses
- Drop cloths or tarps
- Enough paint to complete the project
Having these will ensure you do not have to continually stop your painting to find the supplies you need.
Some other considerations to make when painting the exterior of your home includes:
- Choose colors that mesh with the rest of your neighborhood. If you pick colors that are bold or unusual, your home may stick out like a sore thumb.
- While you should quell your creativity on larger surfaces of the exterior of your home you can express your personal style on features such as the door and shutters. Here you can add a bold shade that will demand attention and notice.
- While you are on your ladder you should ensure that you do not over reach. This can cause blotchy paint jobs and problem areas later on. Instead use strokes that create an even finish to the surface. Also, get down and move your ladder when you can no longer reach the area you are painting safely.
- Ensure that you practice upkeep once your home once the paint is dry. This can include washing the surfaces frequently to remove any debris that may gather.
Brush Brothers Painting suggests that you enlist the help of friends or family if you have large surfaces to cover. This will make sure the job is completed faster and that no one becomes overworked or too tired to finish. If you choose to paint the exterior of your home over a weekend you should check the weather report to ensure that it will not be too humid. Also, you should never paint in the direct sunlight, as it can have detrimental effects on the finish.