Applying Exterior Paints

Applying Exterior Paints

After preparation is complete, these are the basic steps:

Choose appropriate weather. You want to paint on mild, warm days, but try to avoid painting in direct sunlight.
Spot prime repaired areas with sealer or for latex, just use some of the finish paint.
Caulk where necessary: siding to corner boards, around window and door frames etc.

Remove screens and drain pipes.

Always start at the top of the house.

Use a wide siding brush, stopping only at natural breaks to avoid lap marks.

Dampen stucco with a garden hose before painting it.

Paint the main siding or shingles first, trim last.

Applying Interior Paints

After preparation work is complete, and you are ready to start applying the paint, follow these steps to a professional quality do-it-yourself paint job:

Spot prime repaired areas. For latex paint, simply use the paint you will be using for the finish coat; for alkyd paint you should use a latex primer if at possible.

Cut in, (with a brush) ceilings to walls, walls to ceiling, corners and baseboard.

Paint the ceiling first to avoid splattering onto the finished walls and trim.

I like to finish paint all of the trim before the walls, with the exception of baseboard which must be painted after the walls. It is easier to cut the walls into the trim than the reverse. However, many sources may disagree with this philosophy. If you are unsure of the choice to make here, you may want to do the edges of the windows and door jambs, and leave the “face” of the trim to be done after the walls.

Paint the walls. There are many rolling techniques. I find that long vertical runs from baseboard to ceiling work very well. Just use care to overlap the widths several times to avoid having “lines” from the roller edges.

Touch up if necessary. Use a fairly dry roller, apply in the same direction as the previous application, and feather the edges.

Paint remaining trim and baseboard.