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Homeowners around The Big Island who enjoy Exterior House Painting services by New Paint Pro will improve their property’s exterior appearance and can expect to be satisfaction whether they need small improvements like fence or door painting or much more elaborate house painting services like full-scale Exterior House Painting and deck sealing and painting. Exterior painting is the most visible home remodeling projects possible and can completely change the look and feel of a home when done professionally. Contact us about your east Big Island exterior house painting project and/or any Hilo, Hawaii area home painting needs today!
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Painting the exterior of your house may be a job for professionals, but with some basic knowledge and motivation, doing it yourself could save you a lot of cash.
Exterior Paint Selection
Painting the exterior of your house may seem like a job for professionals, but if you’ve got the motivation and some basic knowledge of paints, it’s a job you may want to tackle yourself. It could save you a lot of cash. Latex exterior paints have undergone improvements, and some can be as durable as oil-based.
Below are some tips on selecting exterior paint, from home-improvement specialist James Young. There are two basic types of exterior paint to choose from: oil-based and the more commonly used latex.
- Oil-based paints are very durable and water-resistant. They result in hard finish and are often used by professional painters. Use an oil-based if the surface you are painting has already been painted with oil-based paint.
- Stir oil-based paint frequently, as the oil in these types of paint tend to separate quickly.
- If using oil-based paint, be sure to use a brush or roller specifically designed for use with oil-based paint.
- Latex exterior paints have undergone many improvements, and some can be as durable as oil-based. They are also considerably easier to work with. Be sure, however, that you select an exterior latex for use on the outside of your home, not the same latex used on interior walls.
Tip: Here’s how to determine whether you have acrylic or oil-based paint on your home now. Peel off a large paint-chip. If the chip bends slightly before cracking, it’s probably latex. Oil-paint chips tend to snap easily. If this test doesn’t work for you, take a paint-chip sample to your local paint store or home center and have them test it.
- Latex is easy to apply, dries quickly, is durable and is resistant to the effects of direct sunlight. Cleanup is easy, and just requires water.
- Acrylic latex is the highest-quality latex paint. It will cover just about any building material including masonry and properly primed metal.
- Important: Never put a new coat of latex over an old coat of oil-based paint. It will almost certainly peel.
How to Select Exterior Paint Colors for a Home
Your home’s exterior is the way you greet the world — choose a color wisely with these expert tips.
If you’re painting the outside of your home, don’t be afraid to take a little time with the color decision.
“Your interior is about your personal color tastes,” says Tom Lee, Senior VP of Consumer Marketing for Behr, “but the exterior is really about durability. It’s about protecting the biggest investment you have.” It isn’t an easy decision to redo, so don’t rush it.
With that in mind, here are some tips for choosing a paint:
- Plan to spend a little more money. Investing in a premium paint such as Behr Marquee Exterior Paint & Primer in One is a wise choice. You don’t want to be climbing up a scaffold again anytime soon — or paying for someone else to do it — so paint needs to cover well, resist stains and stand up to weather.
- Think about your permanent materials. If you have an existing brick or stone foundation, patio, or accents, work with their underlying tones as you’re choosing a paint shade. If you’re stuck, try pairing opposites in terms of color temperature. For example, if you have a warm red brick foundation and you want brown for your exterior paint, choose a taupe with cool gray/blue undertones instead of a peachy tan.
- Take advantage of technology. You can usually bring in a sample of permanent materials to the paint store for computer color matching. Behr also offers an online tool called that lets you choose an initial color, recommends matching/coordinating colors, and helps you experiment with color combos on images of a home exterior so you can imagine the finished look.
- Don’t forget the trim. If you want something other than the usual white, try your exterior color just a few shades lighter for a subtle, elegant effect.
- Ease in with swatches. Buy test sizes of the paint colors you’re considering and paint some brush-outs on the exterior. Be sure to put some color on both the north and south sides of the house, where lighting can differ dramatically, and near any trim you’re coordinating with. Visit your paint samples at different times of day to get the best idea of how the finished product will look.
Exterior Painting Prep
When painting the exterior of a house, learn these valuable tips that can save you time by preparing properly for the project.
Painting the exterior of a house can be a demanding job. But you can save yourself a lot of work by preparing properly for the project.
First, decide how much of the exterior will be painted. Only the shutters or trim may need to be painted rather than the entire house. Next, determine the colors and the types of paint you want to use. Many companies now provide recommended color combinations with their sample books to show you what colors look good together.
If you’re having a hard time making up your mind, purchase a quart of each of the colors you like, and use the paint to create larger samples for easier comparison. Keep in mind the color you choose should fit in with the rest of the houses in your neighborhood.
Most likely a latex paint would be better because latex is easier to clean and lasts at least as long as oil-based paints. Whether you choose latex or oil-based paint, always purchase the best paint you can afford. Otherwise you’re likely to spend lots of time applying additional coats.
Before beginning the painting project, the surface of your house should be clean, dull and dry. Wash off any chalk, dirt and mildew. Protect landscape plants by covering them with plastic.
After cleaning the house, scrape off any peeling or cracked paint, then sand and prime the area. When you’ve finished priming, begin painting the trim. Semigloss paint works well on trim.
The brush used is almost as important as the paint itself. With latex paints, use a brush made of a nylon/polyester blend. Use a natural-bristle brush with oil-based paints. For maximum control, hold the brush so that it balances on your hand at the point where the handle meets the brush. Place your fingertips on the metal ferrule, and use your wrist to guide the brush. The paint will flow more smoothly from the brush.
Pay attention to the temperature. For best results, paint on days with low humidity, when the temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the shade so that your fresh paint isn’t exposed to direct sunlight; otherwise, heat blisters may develop.
Be careful to keep a “wet edge” by overlapping painting areas over the areas you finished most recently. Don’t paint into a drying paint film: the film could buckle.
The best way to paint shutters is to remove them and spray them away from the house. If you must paint them on the house, use an angled sash brush. When choosing a color for shutters, keep in mind that dark colors absorb more heat and can cause vinyl shutters to warp.
Apply an oil-based primer coat to metal doors before you begin painting. This step is especially important if the door is exposed to weather. Allow the primer to dry for 24 to 48 hours, next apply two coats of exterior paint.
Got a painting project on your to-do list? Learn these basic painting tips to ensure the project goes smoothly and looks great.
Before beginning to paint, “cut in” around any corners or trim. To do this, load a small amount of paint on the end of the brush, press the brush against the wall so that it comes to an angle and gradually work toward the trim. Be careful not to get paint on the trim or any other surface. Work your way around all the trim and corners.
Painting pads can help when cutting around trim. The pads come with small wheels that allow you to paint up to the edge of the trim without getting paint on the trim. To use one, dip the pad face into the paint, being careful not to get paint on the rollers. Start painting near the trim, and work closer until the rollers touch it. After painting, go back and feather the edges of the painted area.
After cutting in around the trim, begin rolling the paint onto the walls or ceiling. When painting with a roller, paint in 3′ by 3′ sections. Paint in long strokes, using a zigzag pattern to achieve a more even coating. Start in an unpainted area, and work your way into a painted area. After applying the paint, go back over the freshly painted area to help ensure an even coating. As each section is finished, feather the edges by pulling the roller straight down and then lightly pulling it away from the wall as you reach the bottom of the freshly painted area. This will help eliminate roller marks on the wall.
To help save time in the painting project, consider a power roller. It holds paint in a reservoir and sends it directly to the roller, eliminating the need for paint trays. Cleanup is also easier.
Any painting project should begin at the highest area to be painted. For example, when painting both ceiling and walls, start with the ceiling.
Before painting the trim, fill in any nail holes with wood filler. Dab some filler material on your finger and rub it into the holes. After the filler has dried, sand it smooth.
To prevent getting paint on walls or floors, use a trim guard or a paint guard. A tape knife, which has a wide flat blade, also works well. Hold the edge of the blade tightly between the wall and the trim and paint the trim all the way up to the edge. Be sure to clean the edge of the paint guard frequently. Always paint baseboards last because of the possibility of bumping into them with ladders or dripping paint onto them.