Painting Exterior Siding

Alright, it’s time to start painting exterior siding now that we have replaced all the damaged and rotten siding. Gather up all the tools your going to need. You will need to pick a color if you haven’t already. Now Let’s find out the best way to pick the color you want so you won’t be sorry in the end that you picked the wrong paint color. Pick out a group of colors from a color fan or color swatch. Out of this group of colors narrow it down to just a few. Three or four colors should be good enough. Buy 1 quart of each color you have picked out. A good quality exterior paint will cost you around $12-15 per quart. This is money well spent because it’s much better than painting the whole house and then deciding that you don’t like the color. Go to the back of the house and paint all of the colors you have picked side by side in a 3×3 foot pattern. Colors can look a lot different from the paint chip or swatch than it does out in the daylight and over a wider area. Now you can pick the right color.

Now that you have the perfect color we can get started. You should not apply the paint on days where it will be below 50 degrees F. Also wait until all the morning dew has dried so the paint will have a good surface to adhere to. If you are painting in the summer then you should start on the shady side of the house and follow the shade around the house. The surface can get very hot and the paint will dry up and prevent you from maintaining a wet edge.

Cover up anything you do not want paint on such as drives and sidewalks.

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Box (mix gallons of paint together) paint before you begin to ensure you have a uniform color. Sometimes the paint can be mixed wrong at the store and by doing this you are assured of a uniform color.

Painting Tips for Painting Exterior Siding

  • Always paint from top to bottom. This way you can catch all the drips and splatters before they dry.
  • Paint three or four pieces of the siding at a time moving from side to side to maintain a wet edge.
  • Be sure to get a good coat of paint on the siding.
  • Do not stop in the middle of a run to avoid lap marks.
  • Anywhere there is exposed wood you should have three(3) coats of paint. One (1) primer coat and two(2) finish coats.

Elements Of Choosing Exterior Paint

When choosing exterior paint there are many factors to consider besides color, although the color is the main and first consideration. Depending on the architecture of your home, i.e., Cape Cod, Spanish style, Mediterranean, Modern, or other, the house style will dictate a certain color to you. After that, it is up to you how creative you want to be with it. For example, A Cape Cod Style house is usually either gray or blue with white trim. Maybe you do not like those colors. Depending on your landscaping, especially large trees, or the other houses on your block, you might decide to go with a tan color with the white trim instead, or possibly a green hue that works. So you can see, no rule is set in stone. What you want is for the end result to look professional and of good quality, whether it is a standard color or different.

The next thing you want to consider is the windows, trim and garage doors. In newer homes that have metal or vinyl windows, you are pretty much stuck with whatever color they are. However, that does not mean that the trim (including the fascia, eaves and rain gutters in some cases) or garage doors have to match the windows. Contrast is vital to making a house look more interesting and beautiful. As mentioned in other articles on this site, your home is your castle. Driving up to a beautifully painted house can bring you much pleasure and pride, which brings me to curb appeal.

It is great when your home has curb appeal. This means when you see your house from the curb, either a shorter or longer distance away depending on the size of your front yard, it is appealing to the eye. It is nice for the neighbors because everyone wants their neighborhood to look good. It is not a “keeping up with the Jones'” thing. It is taking pride in your investment and inspiring your neighbors to do the same. This increases property values for everyone. There is one thing that can add to curb appeal, especially if you decide to go with standard house colors. Let us say that you decided to go with the blue Cape Cod house with white trim we were talking about. This is classic, beautiful and SAFE. To make it stand out and give it curb appeal you might want to choose a bold front door color such as RED or BLACK. You might have another favorite color you want to try. Whatever the color, the great thing about paint is that you can always paint over it! When painting that front door, be sure to use high gloss paint.

Another thing to consider is your back yard, your little haven that the neighbors only get to see when either invited over or peeking. Back there you have more choices and fewer rules. Of course, you want the house paint to match with the front of the house; however, you can really spruce it up with colorful patio furniture cushions if you have the room, or just comfy chairs and some small tables. Plant some colorful flowers or Coleus plants for color. It is easy to do yourself (DIY). Either in pots or in the ground, plants can bring your yard alive. Enjoy your home, inside and out! And always remember — PAINT is your best friend.

Choosing a Painter

Rule #1: You Get What You Pay For

The rule of thumb is to always get three estimates for any job.

That being said, when the painter enters your home and you talk to him, you can get a feel for his personality right away and you will know if he is someone you feel comfortable with and can work with. When you show him the job, that is where his focus should stay … in that area. Personally, I do not like it when the workman puts down other people’s work. It is not necessary. Let the painter make his suggestions first because each painter has his own approach to any given job depending on his personal technique. Afterward, ask questions about anything you do not understand or are not clear. Make sure you communicate what you want to be done and the painter understands you. He will then get back to you with an estimate for the work to be done. In the estimate you will want to notice:

  1. What kind of preparation will be done to make sure nothing in your house gets paint on it or gets damaged.
  2. What specific materials and paint brands will be used. You will get the highest quality paint job that will last the longest if the highest quality paint and supplies are used.
  3. How long the job will take (barring any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather).
  4. Price.

Now you have three competitive bids unless you used Richard Stevens Custom Painting, a licensed painting contractor. You also have a feel for each painter and in your mind probably can tell which is the most knowledgeable. I do not suggest simply choosing the lowest price due to Rule #1 above. More times than not, if the lowest bid was quite a bit lower, this means that the painter is inexperienced, or that he will cut corners and use inferior products and your paint job will not last. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule and you will have to make that choice. After making your decision, find out the starting date. A good painter will first meet with you to choose colors, help you make whatever decisions are necessary until you are satisfied and feel good about your project. He will have a professionally trained crew and will give them all the necessary information at the beginning of the job. He will also be checking up with them each day to see how it is going and be available for your phone calls if you have any questions or concerns. Richard Stevens’ crew has been with him over 20 years and are all quality, professionally trained painters.

I hope this article has helped you to gain some insight on how to hire a good contractor of any kind.