Every 3 to 5 years, homeowners should consider putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of their house. Crisp exterior paint boosts curb appeal and extends the longevity of the material from which the home is made. Keep these things in mind as you prepare and begin painting your exterior.

Clean

Make sure the surface of your house is clean! Use a power washer to remove dirt and any chipping paint. Not having a clean home before painting locks in dirt and dust which causes the paint job to have a much shorter lifespan.

Fix

Before painting, be sure that imperfections are cured. For example, you may need to use a filler to fix cracks and holes. A good method to do so involves an epoxy and a putty knife. Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth the surface after filling the hole.

Caulk

Pre-painting is a great time to consider touching up the caulk on your trim. For wood siding, caulking helps prolong rotting by keeping moisture out.

Protect

Prep is just as important outside as it is inside. You probably don't want paint on your driveway, lights, and other exterior furnishings. If you are using a sprayer, ensure all valuable items such as cars and your neighbors home are far enough away to avoid overspray.

Paint

Talk to the professionals at Sherwin-Williams to get advice on what paint and primer you need to ensure a flawless finish.


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