Tips in Painting Your Home’s External Walls
The beautiful weather during the summer season makes it the perfect time to do some painting on your home’s woodwork and exterior walls. But we all know that painting is not an easy task and requires the right amount of planning and execution to get the job done well.
If you plan to perform a DIY painting on your external walls, here are some helpful and practical tips to help you do it like a pro.
Prepare the walls
When we say prepare, you have to clean your walls and make them free from debris, dirt, and stains. Treat any patches of algae or mold, and wash the whole surface with clean water to ensure a quality and long-lasting finish.
After cleaning the wall surface, it is time to repair any cracks and holes using wall fillers. Fixing holes can provide your walls with a smooth, perfect finish.
Another vital thing to do is prime the walls, especially if your walls have shiny or porous surfaces. The primer will make sure that the paint adheres properly to the wall surface. It also seals all the unstable areas.
Choose the right protective paint
Choosing the right paint product is necessary for quality and long-lasting paint. You should consider not only the aesthetics but also if the paint is capable of protecting your walls against weather damage and mold growth.
A perfect finish usually needs two coats of paint. However, you may need three coats if you are painting over a strong shade.
Rough surfaces may also need double the amount of paint than those on smooth, even surfaces.
If your woodwork has been previously painted, remove all the old paints and flakes, and sand the surface. After that, prime the wood surface to prevent rotting and fungi stains. Fill cracks and holes to get a smooth and seamless finish.
Apply two coats of undercoat. If you are painting on metal, it is recommended to apply a metal primer first. The primer will serve as protection from rust.
For woodworks, applying a primer is recommended if you are using a paint colour that is much lighter or darker than the original. This would help new paint to adhere better to the surface.
Lastly, apply two coats of paint on the woodwork or metal. Wait for the paint to dry, and you are good to go.
A DIY exterior wall or woodwork painting may not be easy, but following these guidelines will help you achieve a high-quality and smooth finish that will last for a long time.
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