Preparing for Exterior Painting

Following these suggestions will help you accomplish the quality paint task you seek. When you have completed, you will have the gratifying experience of stepping back and appreciating your helpful work.

When to paint

“The temperature level of your house influences the efficiency of paint. The wall temperature level should be above 10C throughout the painting process. You need to generally stay clear of painting in incredibly hot or cold conditions.”
If it appears like rain, bear in mind the painter’s guideline; if you wouldn’t hang the washing out or wash the car, do not paint! Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your work ruined!

Making use of acrylics in heat

The best weather condition in the summertime months will increase this drying process due to the fact that the majority of acrylics are touch dry in twenty minutes at 25 degrees and 50 % humidity. To decrease the drying out rate, Dulux Hot Weather Thinner might be contributed to the paint at the rate of 50ml per litre.

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Hot weather thinner.

A good pointer for painting in summer season is not to paint in direct sunlight or onto a hot surface. Attempt to follow the shade where possible. You can add up to approx 5 % water. Utilizing 2 brushes – keeping one in a container of water and rotating them, stops them drying out.

Picking enamels or acrylics for exterior use

We would generally suggest using acrylics in exterior circumstances. As enamels age they become milky and very breakable and therefore have a tendency to crack and flake off the surface. On the other hand, acrylics maintain their color better, do not chalk to any wonderful extent and do not get brittle, giving a longer long lasting, more long lasting paint finish.

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Moving and Removing

If you haven’t currently doinged this, take down curtains, mirrors and photos. Move lightweight furniture from the space. Cover staying furnishings with plastic sheets or drop cloths and tape plastic around pendant light fittings. Or if painting outside tie back plants so you have clear access to the locations to be painted.


Painting will be quicker and cleaner if you mask. Get rid of masking tape or documents before the paint is too dry as removal later on can lift and break the dry paint leaving a split and jagged edge.

The Painting Sequence
Begin at the top and work down, this means beginning with the ceiling. Paint away from the light so you are not painting in shadow. Next paint the walls, then the windows and doors, followed by the skirting and the trim.
Weatherboards are painted in 2 phases. Paint the underside of the board initially then paint the face. Paint numerous boards at a time then move your ladder over and continue along the remainder of the wall.

Mixing is Vital
Before applying paint; make sure you stir it well according to the directions on the can. Always ‘box’ your paint; i.e. if you are utilizing more than one can, tip the components of each into a bigger container, like a huge plastic container, and stir completely. You can then put it straight into your painting pot, or refill the initial tins for future use.

Prior to use, moisten the brush in water if you will use a water-based paint, or turps if you are about to make use of an oil-based paint. See to it you get rid of excess fluid prior to painting.
Fill the brush by dipping in up to half the length of the bristles.
Tap it delicately against the side of the can: do not clean the brush hard against the lip. The bristles should bend just somewhat as you brush – don’t over press – let the paint flow from the brush.
If you are painting a big location by brush, apply paint to an area about 50 cm X 50 cm, then brush the paint in horizontal strokes to even the paint out and finish off with light vertical strokes all in one instructions.
Paint the edges of the area first if you are utilizing a brush and roller. Painting window frames, skirtings, mouldings and doors are worth doing very carefully to obtain the best outcomes. Constantly work in areas and paint up to a natural break before stopping. Begin on top and work down, painting with light even strokes, working back into the wet edge.
Never attempt to paint over an area that is partially dried out, as the brush will leave marks in the surface. Paint over it as soon as possible with light even strokes if you see a run in the wet paint.

To utilize a roller you’ll require a tray, frame, roller cover and possibly an extension pole. Make certain you have the right roller for the task.Generally speaking,  we use half inch nap for glossy paints and three-quarter inch  for flat latex paints on walls and  boards/siding for the majority of paints on rough surfaces like textured stuccoed walls or concrete walls.   Slowly roll the paint onto the surface in a series of close zig-zag strokes. When the paint starts to run, re-roll the location with parallel strokes to even the spread.

Paint away from the light source so you are not painting in shadow. Paint the underside of the board first then paint the face.
Dip the roller  halfway into the paint  tray trough, then roll it carefully backwards and forwards on the ramp  working the paint  into the roller.
Never leave a paint-covered roller exposed to the air for any length of time. Wrap it in plastic cling wrap when you take a short break, and make certain to scrubbing it entirely after use.

Paint Application Pads
Application pads can be made use of for cutting in where there are lots of edges to paint around. Just pack the pad with paint utilizing a paintbrush. Place it on the wall, examining the guide wheels are clean, run the wheels along the architrave, skirting or edge.

Tidying up
If you are preparing to continue the work the next day, simply keep the paint, brush and/or roller in the paint tray and cover with foil or cling wrap. The next morning, run the brush or roller over a paper a couple of times and it will prepare to utilize.
After the job is finished wash the rollers and brushes and paint tray with water for water-based paints or mineral turps for solvent-based paints. Do not use a spinning tool to clean brushes, as this will make your brush flare.
Left over paint can be saved in the  paint can. For the disposal of larger quantities of paint,  find a local Home Depot who disposes of paint and paint cans.