Summer Exterior Painting Best Practices

07/24/2018

Summer is the best time to engage in outdoor activities. But you can use this time to be productive. If you’ve been thinking about redesigning your house, you can start by painting the exterior walls. But if you do this when days are dry and heat can be intense, you will need to be familiar with practices that will help you succeed.  

  • Plan ahead.  Plan ahead first before picking up that brush and opening the can of paint. Whether you plan on DIY or hiring out, make sure you plan accordingly! Monitoring the weather is also important because rain could still occur during summer, and you wouldn’t want the wet paint to be washed away easily.

  • Prepare the right tools and paint. For best results, use the right paint, brush, and rollers. The paint you choose must contain the best quality. In choosing the right color, you need to consider that darker hues will absorb more heat while the lighter ones will reflect more light. Your choice for paint and tools matters.

  • Start with a  clean slate. You can’t easily paint over a rough surface. As exterior walls are most exposed, dust or hardened dirt might have accumulated over the surface. It is necessary to scrape or sand the surface before applying paint so that the layer will spread evenly. To cover cracks and holes, primer or any substrates can be applied.

  • Paint safely. When you paint outdoors in summer, you are exposed to intense heat by midday. The best time to start this routine would be early morning. It is also advisable to “chase the shade” when the sun begins to show. Apply sunscreen or dress to cover your skin from sunburn. Don’t forget to rehydrate yourself with refreshments. As you use the right tools (e.g. ladder for reaching high portions), you also need to be equipped with the right protective gear and to paint carefully to prevent injury. A mask can minimize the odor of the substances and boots can protect your feet from hazardous objects on the ground.

  • Monitor your progress. Painting will always involve multiple layers. Assess your work from time to time, and consult those who can help you with completion.

Change up your home with new paint!  By following the necessary practices, you will not only do it right but will also see the best results.