Painting the exterior of your house is a huge job but the rewards are great too because paint and caulking form the first line of defense against weather conditions. With a minimum investment in tools and materials, you’ll save thousands of dollars, extend the life of your siding and trim and increase the value of your home. Best of all, you’ll make it look like new again.
Below are some painting tips in Singapore every homeowner should know, whether you’re planning to paint the house yourself or hire a professional.
The type of paint you’ll use depends on the kind of surface to be painted and the type of finish you want. The colors that complement the architectural details of your house and fit the character of your neighborhood is the first step to a great paint job. Buy the best paint you can afford. Good-quality paint is easier to apply, covers better and lasts longer. If you’re unsure of the color combination, seek a professional help that can offer great painting services.
Prepare the surface
For the new paint to adhere to the surface, you must clean the house’s exterior of all dirt, grime, mildew, and chalky residue. Be sure to scrape and sand any spots where the old paint has blistered or flaked off.
To get a great-looking finish coat and the beautiful, long-lasting results you expect, be sure to properly apply primer to the surfaces you plan to paint.
Before you paint, it’s a good idea to test the paint you plan to use. Prepare, prime and paint an inconspicuous spot on the wall. Wait the appropriate drying time as specified, then look for any adhesion or compatibility problems before proceeding with a full-scale application.
The fastest, most effective way to apply exterior paint is using both a paintbrush and a roller. Brush paint onto narrow surfaces, edges, and smaller areas, and use a short, small-diameter roller to paint large and long surfaces such as siding and trim.
Painters should properly manage and if necessary dispose of leftover paint. To minimize clutter and avoid spills or unsafe disposal, it is important to consider ways to limit paint waste.
According to painting professionals, annual maintenance is the best way to extend the life of your paint job and protect the structure.