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House Painting and Preparing the Surfaces

House Painting

Is the paint on your house starting to peel and look a little shabby. It may need a good house painting. One of the main paint tips I would pass along, and all experts would agree, is preparing the surfaces for priming and painting.

Exterior House painting can be a lot of work, but most of the work is in the preparation. Once you have prepared the surfaces, applying the paint can be a relatively quick process.

With the expense of hiring a paint contractor and the enormous amount of labor in a do-it-yourself project, these are just a couple of reasons why many homeowners postpone these much needed repairs.

The disagreement among pro painters over the relative merits of stain vs. house paint, still goes on today, and is enough to confuse the inquiring homeowner.

Exterior House Painting Tips

Stain is a very popular choice for new, rough-sawn siding. Stain does not peel like paint and, therefore, never needs scraping. There are two types of stain: semi-transparent and solid. Transparent allows more of the grain and texture of the wood to show through; solid is denser, having the consistency of very thin paint, which is thicker and has more viscous.

Stain leaves less film on the woods surface, and thus protects it less from sun and moisture than does house paints, also stain lasts about half as long. Stained wood on the sunny side of the house should be given a new coating as regularly as every three to five years.

What many are using today for house painting, and is considered the best  paint is Acrylic latex-based paint. It has great color retention, and doesn’t fad as quickly as stain.Latex dries faster, cleans up with water, and latex house paints are somewhat easier and more pleasant to work with than oil-based stains.

The key to any good paint job is preparation, as mentioned previously. Preparation involves scraping all peeling, blistering paint, and feathering the edges with sandpaper to blend the paint surface with the bare wood. After all scraping and sanding, the siding should be washed down with a household cleaner and brushed and thoroughly rinsed off.

You can use a angled 2 1/2 sash brush when painting trim. Use a 3″or4″ brush for the wider trim and siding. Work from the top down, and try to paint entire areas that exist between natural breaks, such as between windows and door frames.

Paint the bottom edge of the siding first, then the face. On the wood shingles, get plenty of paint on the bottom edges to seal the porous end grain. Although there are occasions when you can get by with one coat, most of the time two coats are required.

When spot priming with a dark color, you may want to tint the primer;  that is, darken it by adding a bit of the finish color to it. This will eliminate multiple coats trying to cover the primer.

Wood-sided houses need either paint or stain, both for looks and protection from the effects of the elements. Ultimately, the homeowner must decide on the basis of an informed judgement. Careful consideration should be given the decision to hire a contractor or to do the job yourself.

If you are about to start the process of house painting,  I hope these house painting ideas were informative for you.

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