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Exterior Painting Techniques – Do’s & Dont’s

Do…

Use the Right Kind of Exterior Paint

Using a paint specifically made for exterior walls; much better if it is Irish, because it is formulated to withstand the harsh weather in Ireland. Exterior paints also dry quicker and are more resistant to mold and mildew than traditional paints.

Amount of Paint’s to use

Calculate the amount of paint you will need in advance, so you don’t run out half way through painting or waste money on excess paint. There are paint calculators available on the websites of most brands of paint.

Prepare your tools and paint supplies

Once you start facing any frustrating delays, make sure you have everything you need. Of course, the bare necessities include: paint, a ladder, paint brushes, a paint roller, a roller tray, work gloves and a laminated dust sheet to cover the ground.

Use the right rollers & brushes for paint

You need the right equipment for the job, as any skilled trades person would tell you. Using the paint brushes and rollers for exterior surfaces. In general, these have longer bristles or piles to carry more paint to add to rough and textured surfaces of masonry.

Check the Weather

Before painting your walls you need to be dry, and enough time to dry the paint until it rains. Outside paint is normally rainproof within an hour, but if it rains too quickly, the paint can run to the ground.

Stir Your Paint

Thoroughly shake paint before painting. To ensure the paint is well balanced, using a long mixing rod or an old wire hanger. Then start painting from above, and work down your way.

Don’t…

Cut corners when paint surface preparation

An excellent finish depends on getting the surface prepared correctly before painting. To clean any loose paint and debris using a pressure washer. If there’s some flaky paint left, use a scraper to remove as much as possible. Fix any surfaces that are broken, and fill any holes or cracks. A clean surface can help the surface stick to new paint.

Incorrect disposal of Paint

Check your local council website to find out how the residual paint and chemicals can be disposed of responsibly in your town.

Overreach

Instead of pushing the ladder, if you want to overreach painting a wider area, you risk injury and a bad, incoherent paint job with a streaky finish.

Rush the Painting

Be patient, and take your time, you will get better results.

Forget about cleaning your paint brushes and rollers

Usually it is difficult to use them again if the paint is left to harden on your brushes and rollers after use. Provide them with a good clean to ensure value for their money.

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