Exterior Painting Tips for Autumn

11/02/2017

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Have you looked at your home lately and decided it needs a new paint job? Well, you might be thinking to yourself that it’s impossible at this time of year to get something like that done. After all, autumn usually brings more harsh weather to this area that can get in the way of a painting project. But luckily for you, painting the exterior of your home during fall is still possible! Here are a few tips to consider before you begin:

  • Plan Ahead: Weather won’t always be your ally. Check your local weather forecasts to make sure you have a high probability of painting without rain, sleet, or snow getting in the way of your work.

  • Quality > Price: Save yourself time reapplying paint later down the road. Buying better quality paint will ensure that you’re not repainting anything before you actually have to.

  • Sand/Wash: Rough/dirty surfaces will make it difficult for paint to stick. You’ll need to clean, trim, dry, and then sand the siding to create a solid surface for the paint to adhere.

  • Primer: Newer, more expensive paint that’s been released in recent years combines the paint and the primer into one container. Might be worth investing in if you don’t want to take the extra time to prime and sand before applying the rest of your paint.

  • Paint Top to Bottom: When you start at the top and work your way down, you’ll help control the streaks as you’ll be working with gravity rather than against it. Drips will still happen from time to time, but this will help limit unnecessary touch-ups later on.