The quality of your exterior paint job can be impacted by a number of factors. The condition of the surface when you paint, the weather, the type of paint you use, and the way you apply the paint can all have an impact. This means that you need to pay close attention to each of these elements if you want to end up with a paint job that you like and one that lasts.
The condition of the surface when you paint
The condition of the surface when you paint will impact both how the paint job looks and how long it lasts. If the exterior of your house is dirty when you paint, it will make it difficult for the paint to adhere properly. This will lead to a splotchy finished product and shorten the life of the paint job. If there are parts of the exterior that are damaged it can also negatively impact the quality of your paint job. Painting over peeling or cracked paint will cause the new paint job to look sloppy and lead to peeling of the new paint in a short amount of time. Prepping the exterior of your house for paint by cleaning and making repairs will help you get a high-quality paint job.
The weather outside
The weather outside can impact the quality of your exterior paint job. For best results, paint needs to be applied within a recommended temperature range. If the weather is too cold the paint will not adhere and if it is too hot the paint will dry too quickly. Both extremes will leave you with a finished product that simply does not look good. Before you paint, check the instructions on the container for ideal temperature recommendations and only paint within those times.
The type of paint you use
The type of paint you use can impact the quality of your exterior paint job. There is paint designed specifically for exterior projects. It is important that you use paint made for the exterior because the outside of your house is constantly exposed to the elements. Using paint designed for interior use will leave you with a paint job that does not last as long as it should.
The way you apply the paint
Your application of the paint will also impact the quality of the finished product. There are a number of options for painting your home including using brushes, rollers, and paint sprayers. The application method you use will depend on a number of factors such as the size of the project and the tools you have available. Oftentimes, people use a combination of application methods for a big exterior paint project. The key is to learn how to properly use each application method so you get even coverage.
These are just a few of the factors that can impact an exterior paint project. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the size or scope of your project, consider bringing in professional help. The reality is that an exterior paint project is a lot of work and can quickly become too much to tackle on your own. The pros at D&D Painting can help with part or all of your exterior paint project so you end up with the quality you want.