Exterior Painting Mistakes That You Should Avoid

Your choice of paint for your home’s exterior can make or break curb appeal. But don’t be fooled into thinking that exterior paint is all just about picking the right color. You have to ensure proper application, too.

Here are four mistakes that homeowners usually make during exterior painting projects.

Skipping the Primer

Many products today are marketed as paint and primers in one. However, while this kind of paint is OK for light-duty applications, experts still recommend using a separate primer to increase bond and improve the surface finish of the top coat. 

Inadequate Surface Prep

Ensure that the surface is clean so that the paint sticks well. If the surface is dirty, you can use an all-purpose cleaner to remove the grime. You can also grab an abrasive paper to sand between paint coats or get rid of the shine on enameled surfaces.

Using the Wrong Paint

Using the correct type of product for your home is crucial to the success of your project. Check the labels of paint products to know if they are meant for interior or exterior use. Pay attention to such details so that you can avoid wasting your time and money on the wrong items.

Using the Wrong Tools

Choosing between rollers and brushes? Take note that painting tools are designed for specific kinds of finishes and surfaces. Rollers, for example, are best used on smooth surfaces to ensure smooth application of paint. For paint brushes, keep in mind that stiffer brushes can cut cleaner lines and hold more paint. They are especially great for painting exterior trim during hot weather. Meanwhile, a stiff brush with an angled tip is perfect for getting into corners, and softer brushes are ideal for applying stains and clear finishes like varnish and shellac.

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