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It’s that time of year again.

Time to assess the situation of your exterior paint.  If it is indeed time to paint the outside of your home, here is a post borrowed from Color Guild, one of our partners in crime in the color biz!

How to paint your home exterior.

What is any color imaginable, has the ability to transform, and the power to protect from sun, wind, and rain? No, it’s not Superman. Just a fresh coat of exterior paint for your home! Give your home a second lease on life by painting the exterior. The average house takes about 60 hours to paint, but the impression will last years. The exterior of your home delivers first impressions. Bring the personality of your home from the inside to the out by showing it some tender loving care. Here’s what you need to know to paint the exterior of your home with precision and quality.

Steps to a First Class Paint Job

  1. Wash. Scrub-a-dub-dub! A thorough washing is necessary to ensure a finished product you’re proud of. Wet the walls then begin scrubbing in sections from bottom to top to avoid streaks. Use a solution of one gallon of water mixed with one cup chlorine bleach and one cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Rinse the walls again before the solution dries. Wood siding and paneling should take a day or two to fully dry before you can begin painting.
  2. Scrape. If it has flaked, peeled, bubbled, or blistered it is time to go. Confirm your paint is lead-free and protect yourself with a dust mask. If scraping by hand, it will be a time consuming process, but remember, the tortoise wins the race. This is the least damaging way to remove layers. Make it a little less painful by using a heating gun to soften paint. For safety, use a respirator and cover plants and shrubs with a tarp.
  3. Sand. Pat yourself on the back, it’s time to assess what’s left. The boundary between the paint and the bare wood can be smoothed with 50- or 80-grit sandpaper if most of the paint still adheres well and it’s not too bumpy. Make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. Follow up with 100- or 120-grit sandpaper to erase scratches.
  4. Patch. Put that caulk down. Wait to cover cracks with caulk until you have primed. You should however repair rot and fill in dents with two-step epoxies.
  5. Prime. Penetrate, seal, and protect with a primer. Acrylic primers can be used on most surfaces, but oil-based coatings must be used on cedar or redwood. Tint the primer a contrasting color to the top coat. This will allow you to see the color coming through, a sure sign you need to apply more paint.
  6. Caulk. Caulk all small joints less than 1/4 inch wide once the primer is dry. Don’t skip this step! If your joints fail, you’re back to the beginning.
  7. Paint. Time for the main event! Acrylic paints reign supreme as they don’t mildew readily, move and breath without blistering, emit fewer VOCs, and work well over oil or water based primers. Follow the pros and use a paint sprayer, but be cautious of drips or thin coats. Cover EVERYTHING that you don’t want to get sprayed. Use a brush if you’re a newbie. Always start at the top and work your way down and work in the shade away from the sun’s glare. Simultaneously be wary of those clouds though. Rain can wash away freshly applied paint.
  8. Bonus Tip. Spray paint nailheads with a metal primer to prevent rust.



~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.



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