Home Sweet Home Magazine - August 2021

STEP 10:

different philosophies on where to start when applying paint. Some say to start with the main portion of the house and follow up with the detailed trimwork. This makes sense if your trimwill be darker and will cover up the overspray from the lighter paint of the house. Others argue you should start at the top of the house and work your way down regardless, especially considering you’ll likely drip on the side of the house while painting the trim. Either way, try to avoid working in direct sunlight, and don’t bother painting when it’s raining or scheduled to rain within a few hours. Start at the top of each side, working from side to side, slightly overlapping each brush, spray, or roller stroke. Be sure to apply paint to the edges along the bottom of siding planks. Step back occasionally, and look at your application from every angle to ensure you didn’t miss any spots. You may need a second coat depending on the condition of the siding and the type of paint you’re using.


Paint Trim and Doors

Choose your Applicator Each type of applicator has its pros and cons. Sprayers are undoubtedly faster than hand painting. Plus, they do a great job of applying paint to detailed architectural elements that can be challenging with a brush. However, it’s difficult to apply paint evenly without leaving thin spots and areas that drip. Overspray is also a significant factor with a sprayer. Brushes and rollers produce much less mess, and the paint job is generally more even and thorough. However, this method is time consuming and requires more trips to the paint bucket.

Now, it’s time to come back for the door and window trim, as well as the garage, front, and other exterior doors. To protect the new paint, tape around doors and windows as you work. Note: Be sure to establish whether your doors are wood or metal when selecting paint.

STEP 11:

Clean up and Grab a Refreshing Drink


Apply Paint When you set out on this project, you were likely focused on this step in the process. Actually applying the paint is the easiest andmost rewarding part of the job. There are

When you stop for the day, you can wrap your rollers and brushes in plastic wrap or plastic bags. Make sure to clean out the paint sprayer at the end of each session so paint doesn’t dry in the lines. When you’ve completed your house painting project, simply toss used rollers. Clean paint brushes well, and store them for the next occasion. Make sure the lids are securely attached to any paint cans, and store them properly to use for touch-ups down the road. Then grab a cold beverage and enjoy the results of your hard work!


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