Are you thinking about painting the exterior of your home? While it can generate fantastic curb appeal and freshen up the look of your home, it is a daunting task that requires a lot of thought and research. How do you know which colours to use? Do you do it yourself? How do you prepare? Do you need a primer? There are many questions you should familiarize yourself with before undertaking a home painting project. Here are five tips to help you set up your project for success.


Have A Clean Slate


Fill in any imperfections, cracks, and damage with putty and caulk. A successful paint job requires a properly readied surface. You’ll want a smooth surface before painting begins, so you will also need to lightly sand any shiny or glossy surfaces. Using a paint scraper or power washer will help remove oil, mold and rust.


Know the Palette


You will want to compliment your paint with the materials on your house. If you have stone, look at earthy tones for paint. Cooler shades work great with wood finishes. If your home features a variety of architectural details, play with different paint tones to accentuate them. You can also paint doors, trim and window mullions in bold colours to stand out from neutral-coloured homes. Also, think about where you live, such as a more remote home or one on an open suburban block. You’ll want to compare to neighbours as well as how your ideas will complement the location of your home.


Get the Correct Paint


Always test your paint on a small patch first in an inconspicuous area to see how the colour will look and if there are any compatibility/adhesion issues. Always prime first! This helps keep the paint on the wall and prevent peeling. Priming also reduces the amount of coats you will need for your paint. Always use premium quality paints to help the job’s results last longer.


Be Wary of the Weather


Always check the weather forecast before starting your paint job. If it’s too cold or humid the paint may not adhere that well to your home’s walls. If it just rained or is expected to rain, hold off until the weather is clear.


Be Prepared to Maintain It


At least once a year you should do some minor maintenance on your home’s walls. Power washing your home, removing dust and cobwebs, and periodic touchups will extend the life of your paint job and keep your home’s appearance fresh and bright.


If you wish to brighten up the exterior of your home or drastically want to change its appearance with a bold paint job, contact iCoastal Designs for professional residential painting services today.