Painting the outside of your home in San Diego brings a lot more than a new look. A well-done paint job raises a preventative barrier against wind, rain, and other harsh weather elements.
Take a look at our checklist and tips for creating the most professional look possible in the most efficient manner.
Use this checklist to help plan your next home exterior painting project.
#1. Choose the right time of the year: It is crucial to consider the time of year when painting outside your home, as temperatures that are too cold or too hot can ruin your painting efforts.
#2. The essential tools and supplies: –
• Brushes (angled and flat)
• Paint roller (plus additional roller heads)
• Paint tray(s)
• Drop cloths/tarps
• Tape measure
• Paint stir stick
• Pour spout for paint cans
• A 5-gallon bucket (for large amounts of paint)
• Painter’s tape
• Hole-filling compound and putty knife
• A screwdriver (for removing switch plates, vent covers, etc.)
#3. Clean the surface of the house: If you are lucky, the only preparation you need to do before you start painting is to clean the surfaces you need to paint. Use a garden hose to wash the walls and remove stubborn dirt with a scrubbing brush and a little hot water with soap.
#4. Scrape out old paint: If you see old cracked paint on the surface of your house, you will have to remove it first. That includes loose paint, which forms blisters or cracks.
If you do not remove the old cracked paint before you start, the fresh paint applied will not adhere properly to the surface.
#5. Repair what needs to be repaired: Before you start painting, you must examine your home for damage and make the necessary repairs. It takes a little more effort, but in this way, you will be sure that your home will look flawless when you finish painting.
• Walk around your house and look for shingles or cracked cladding, rust, mildew, or nails sticking out. Pay more attention to areas around windows and doors, where old mastic should be replaced.
#6. Think about how much paint you will need: You should know how much paint you need before you start painting. That will save you from running out of paint in the middle of the project.
#7. Prepare the surface: In most cases, you will need to apply the first coat of primer to the surface of your home before you start painting. The primer offers an excellent base for your paint and will allow it to provide better coverage and last longer.
#8. Choose your paint: Choose a good quality exterior paint, for example, a 100% acrylic latex paint. That will give you a better color outlook, it will dry faster and will last longer
#9. Electrical Outlets: Remove switch plates and electrical outlets, then protect them with painter’s tape. Also, protect the hinges and doorknobs with adhesive tape.
#10. Decide how to apply the paint: Decide whether to use a brush, roller, or spray gun to paint your home. Each of these methods has its advantages, but will probably get better if you combine the roller and paintbrush. Spray painting is typically not a DIY cup of tea.
If you live in the San Diego area and are looking for the best quality exterior painting services, Peek Brothers Painting would love to help.
To give us a try, call us on (858)505-1361 for a FREE estimate.