The 5 Most Common Exterior Painting Mistakes

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Exterior Painting Mistakes #1: Using the wrong paint

Making exterior painting mistakes can hugely affect the look of your property or personal outdoor items. A bad exterior paint job is easy to spot. You can see the paint peeling off the walls or blistering up in certain areas. Sometimes the color is not uniform or appears to have run. The first step is always to choose the right paint. The Home Depot website guides you in purchasing the right kind of paint. Use a water-based paint to paint the exterior of a mason home or a home with siding. Use an oil-based paint on wooden or metal exteriors. And, of course, don’t forget to always apply a primer first.

Mistake #2: Using the wrong painting tools

Ever notice a stained wooden door covered in white paint along the edges or a different color paint along the roof line of a home? Getting the job done as quickly as possible is just as important as getting it done right. You can find all the right tools at your nearest Home Depot. Painter’s tape and plastic sheeting are a must in order to cover areas that are not to be painted. Be sure to have a roller tray, roller frame, high density roller brush cover, a brush set of various widths and styles, and plenty of shop towels.

Mistake #3: Painting under inappropriate weather conditions

Watch the weather before painting the exterior of your home. Painting in direct sunlight or with strong wind will cause your paint to dry too quickly. Cold weather will not allow your paint to dry properly, and humid or wet conditions will also delay your paint from drying and may cause it to streak or run.

Mistake #4: Not preparing the surface to be painted

Be sure that the surface that you are going to paint is not peeling or blistering. If this is the case, be sure to scrape these areas. If the house has more than four coats of paint, you may want to consider sandblasting it before reapplying any additional paint. Sherwin Williams has some excellent tips on preparing exterior surfaces for painting.

Mistake #5: Overworking your paint

Finally, when painting with a roller, apply your strokes evenly and in the same direction. When reloading your roller, be sure to continue painting in the adjacent area while working your way back to the painted area. This prevents extra paint from building up and causing streaks. These tips should help you resolve many exterior painting mistakes before you make them!

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