In painting the exterior of your home, you may already be aware of the costs and how much an exterior painting project could cost you — since the exterior of your home is so much more extensive than any given interior room and you sometimes need to use a second coat of paint, the costs can add up.
You may remember that we recently had a blog post on the subject of exterior painting on a budget and we supplied some useful tips, but today we are going to bring you more tips to help you with your painting work.
Let’s have a look at some more exterior painting tips when you’re on a budget.
The thing you should know about painting is that sometimes you are going to be painting more than just one area of your home and you have plans for these other painting projects in the future.
When this is the case, you are going to know that you will be able to and really should invest in higher quality tools — the kind that when you are making use of them, you will have an easier time painting and get better results.
Since you will be ultimately spending less time painting, in another sense your painting project will cost you less to do because your freed time will be available for other opportunities.
Though it may seem a bit extreme, there’s nothing wrong with thinking about how you might be able to make use of paint recycling centers as a possible source for your exterior paint.
It happens sometimes that people will buy a bit too much paint — and sometimes they buy way too much paint, so much so that when they finish their painting project, they have leftover paint and they then take this paint to the recycling center for proper handling.
This is where you can come in – you will find that the paint recycling centers are more than happy to have you take the paint because it’s better for someone to use it than to process it.
There is but one caveat here and yet it is a fairly substantial one — you don’t know what you are going to get when you go to such a place, if you are even going to find anything — so be aware that you may end up with no paint, or you may end up having a color choice that is not your favorite… but the price is right, right?
As you may have gathered from the above, one of the biggest costs in any painting project is the cost of the paint and the primer.
Though there are some who would say that you can figure out how much paint you are going to need based on rough estimates, this can often lead to you either purchasing too much primer and paint or too little.
You can probably imagine that buying too much primer and paint is a bad thing, as you will have potentially gallons of it laying around after you have finished your project and nothing to do with it — and you will have paid for that, which is essentially a waste of your money.
It’s just as bad if you underestimate how much paint and primer are going to be needed for the project because at the very least you are going to have to go to the store to get more primer and paint — and that’s depending on if you even find it where you got it in the first place!
By making use of a paint calculator with measurements of the exterior, you will be able to figure out how much paint and primer you will need for the home.