The end of the year is a good time to look back and think about what you’ve done and what you’ve learned. Exterior home painters are no different. It is our business to sift through the good and the bad – what worked and what should be discarded as we get ready to take on a new year with the same high expectations that others have! So, this year we have decided that all of the following are great ‘exterior home painting tips’ that we can use well into the future.
- Paint from the top down. That may seem like an obvious piece of advice but for the amateur house painter it is anything but! During the busiest exterior painting seasons of the year, you would be surprised how many DIY house painters make this mistake! Remember – top down painting – and any professional painting company whose services you retain should already know this!
- Wear protective clothing and eyewear when painting. Most professional exterior painting companies have a uniform for employees. While many people believe it is meant to be a form of advertising – which, of course, it is to a certain extent – the ensemble is usually of materials that have been found to be the most easily washed to maintain a look of professionalism while also warding of common problems for the exterior painter such as the relentless sunshine. If you are a DIY home painter, slather on a good amount of hand lotion across all exposed skin areas; it will make it easier to wash off paint when you are done.
- Wash out your brushes regularly throughout the day. Otherwise, the bristles become dry and heavy with hardened paint and each time you dip the brush into the paint it will only make the brushstrokes more evident and the spread of the paint across the surface less even. Professional painters know that soaking your brushes in vinegar overnight will help loosen the dried paint and freshen them up for the next day of painting.
- If you are a DIY painter, use the sun’s movement across the home as your guide for painting. Wherever the shade is hitting the house is the best place to begin. Paint that is applied in the shade simply adheres better! It’s also more comfortable as a painter to be out of the relentless rays of the sun!
Contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc. to ensure a quality exterior commercial or residential paint outcome!