Residential Painting

Common Mistakes When Painting Exterior Walls

common mistakes when painting exterior walls

Before taking on the task of painting your home’s exterior, there are a few things you should be aware of. These common mistakes made by amateur painters can make your exterior paint job look messy and unappealing. Here are a few tips to help you avoid some common exterior painting mistakes.

Know When To Paint

You need to choose a good time to paint in order to ensure that your paint isn’t damaged by the weather. This one should be fairly obvious; however, lack of preparation can lead to people making mistakes that could be easily avoided. You should plan ahead to make sure that it is not going to rain during or after the day you choose to paint. Additionally, you want to avoid painting in extreme temperatures i.e. too hot or too cold.

Prime Your Surface

If your home’s exterior walls are made of wood that is weathered, has had its paint stripped, or has never been painted, then you need to apply a primer to the wood. The primer will prepare the wood to be painted so that you don’t end up having to paint layer after layer only to have the paint soak into the wood.

Clean Your Surface

Before beginning to paint, you need to ensure that the walls are as clean as possible. This includes removing in peeling or flaking paint in addition to any debris, dust, or dirt. The best solution would be to power wash the surface that you are preparing to paint in order to ensure maximum cleanliness. Make sure to let the surface dry for at least 24 hours after cleaning.

If you have any further questions about painting your home’s exterior or interior surfaces, or are interested in hiring a professional paint company to complete any painting jobs you need, feel free to contact us at Noel Painting.

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