Painting the exterior of your house is a huge job. But the rewards are great too. With a minimum investment in tools and materials, you’ll save thousands of dollars, extend the life of your siding and trim and increase the value of your home. This video provides tips for exterior house painting.
We recommend buying at least two top-quality synthetic-bristle brushes for applying the latex paint: one 4-in.
straight-bristled brush for large areas and a 1-1/2-in. angled sash brush for detail work. Load the brush by dipping about 2 in. of the bristles into the paint. Slap the brush back and forth once against the sides of the can to remove excess paint. Paint from a bucket with 2 or 3 in. of paint in the bottom rather than a full can of paint. Avoid painting in direct sunlight. The heat dries the paint too fast, making it nearly impossible to avoid lap marks. It can even cause blistering and peeling. Avoid painting on very windy days. The wind causes the paint to dry too fast and can blow dirt into wet paint. Check back on your work as you go, paying special attention to inside corners and edges where paint is likely to build up and run. If the paint hasn’t begun to dry, brush out the run.