Using the correct exterior painting supplies will ensure the best results when painting the exterior of your home. You already finalized your exterior paint project and picked the paint colors to use, but you also need to be sure of the tools that you will need to get the paint job right. When you use the right tools, materials and equipment on your exterior paint project, you can make your task easier. This will also ensure that you get good results and a long lasting outcome.
In painting exteriors, surface preparation is crucial. It is important to have a dry, clean surface and the suitable preparation tools at your disposal.
You will need a flexible scraper or putty knife in removing cracked or shedding paint. You can apply sealing compound to cracks, nail holes, or other surface depressions with a putty knife or a caulking gun.
You can remove powder from mineral leaching by using a steel wool or wire brush on stucco and masonry. Use sandpaper for smoothing out flaws, sags, drips, or runs. Then remove sanding dust with a damp cloth.
Once you have properly prepared the surface, you are now ready to paint the exterior. Paints may be applied with a nylon or polyester brush, a roller, or a sprayer, depending on the type of surface you are painting. Natural hair brushes are a premium choice, but are more expensive. The advantage to a natural bristle brush is durability and how well and easy it is to load the brush and spread paint smoothly.
Spray guns cover great areas more rapidly than rollers or brushes. Using a spray rig is the most efficient way to paint most large exterior surfaces. The only downside is that spraying requires a careful hand and careful masking or shielding before painting. It’s really easy to have uneven thicknesses of paint when you spray. I d0n’t recommend going out and buying a spray rig unless you have someone show you how to use it or have enough time set aside for practicing until you can get it right.
Brushing is ideal for windows and intricate trim work but takes significantly longer. Many professional painters use a combination of both methods and that really is the most efficient. Some paint crews spray quickly to get paint on the surface, then use back brushing to spread the paint out consistently. With sufficient practice, this method isn’t necessary.
In my experience, spraying large areas, rolling some, and finally brushing in the details works best and makes most sense.
Rollers are also great tools for painting larger areas more quickly compared to brushes if you’re not going to use a spray gun. Rollers can be used for painting stucco, walls, concrete, and lots of other uneven surfaces.
For all latex paints and coatings, nylon and polyester blended brushes work perfectly well. Natural bristles can (and will) soak up water within the paint itself and go limp in water-based paints, a natural China-made bristle brush is the best option for oil-based paints, stains, epoxies, and varnishes.
Brushes vary in sizes and uses. The larger four to five inch brush is recommended for larger areas. While a 2.5 to 3 inch brush is perfect for any trim and corner work. The 1 to 2-inch brush is ideal for small spaces, like tight trim areas, touch-ups, and detail work. I’ve even been known to saw off the end of a wooden handle for the really tight spots.
Rollers do a fine job with gloss and semi-gloss coatings. They can be used to apply both latex and oil coatings. 9 inches is the standard size for a roller width, but smaller 6-inch rollers definitely have their place. Flat areas use 14-inch and 18-inch rollers to get the job done more quickly. 4-inch or 6 or even 7-inch rollers may be used to cover smaller areas, like corners around window frames if those will work for the application you are facing.
Other Exterior Painting Jobs
After you’re done painting your house, make sure that your whole property looks cohesive. Make everything match, like your mailbox and shed, if you have one. You may need to do a few extra things, too, like updating your curb address painting, or replacing old, tarnished brass address numbers. Make sure your fence color blends well with your home paint colors. Natural fencing looks great, but may look better painted in the same color as your house. Look at the entire picture, including the yard, fence, house and landscaping. Make the whole thing look great.
Making sure it’s a complete job will add value to your home and your neighbors will love you for it.