With autumn fast approaching, it's about time we want to spruce our garden area up and give our exterior walls a fresh lick of paint to last the year to come. After our instalment on 10 essential tips for interior wall painting, we wanted to guide you through a similar 'how to' guide on exterior house painting. Choosing the paint and the colour can be the most difficult and time consuming decision for painting outdoors, but there really is no better choice of paint than Autentico Versante Outdoor Chalk Paint. This is an incredibly hard wearing range of paints that come in a variety of colours to suit your individual taste and requirement. If you have any leftover paint it can also be used on particularly damp areas inside your house such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Once you have decided on the choice of paint and the project you're going to undertake, whether its a house revamp or sprucing up your much loved garden shed, before heading full force into the project you need to know how to use your paint effectively in order to get the best results. With years of experience in painting, here are our top 10 essential tips for exterior wall painting that will get your exterior areas looking fabulous in no time!
#1. The Weather
Any outdoor paint job is dependent on the weather and with the unpredictability of weather in the UK it can be hard to plan ahead. As a general rule of thumb you shouldn't paint on a rainy day or an incredibly hot day. A spring or early autumn day will probably guarantee the best of both worlds, painting on a dry and clear day will help you get the job done faster and which won't be as taxing, if it is a hot day, start early in the morning and only work in the shade.
#2. Prep The Surface
Like anything, you can't just paint onto a surface without preparation. Outside areas can build up a lot of dust, grime and even mould over the seasons. To prime the area before painting ensure the area has been cleaned thoroughly, a power washer is a much quicker way to do it if it's a large area. If the area is bumpy or has existing scraps of paint left it is worth going over the area with some sand paper to smooth the area down, this is particularly encouraged if you are painting onto wood.
#3. Patch up any areas
Leading on from prepping the surface, take a visual look at the area and spot if there are any problems with the surface area such as cracking or rotten areas. Painting exterior surfaces cannot be done in a rush and if there are problems they need to be addressed beforehand, paint will not stick to rotten surfaces or cover up cracks. Fix the underlying problems and you can then be comfortable in knowing that the good prep will give you those sought after professional results.
Priming your walls is just as important as it is on interior wall painting, add a lick of Auetentico primer to your desired surface before the main painting begins, this prevents stains and bleed through, like anything in life if you have good foundations the rest will follow.
#5. Tape The Area
In order to achieve a flawless finish, ensure that you tape off areas around the wall and surface that you don't want the paint to drip onto or cover. This can make a mess in other areas of your garden and can ruin what could be a perfect paint job. This can be done by using specific painters tape, but plain masking tape is just as good, once your paint job has finished make sure you take the tape off before the paint starts to dry to avoid peeling off your fresh paint!
#6. Paint Brush or roller?
Bear in mind the surface area that you are painting on and you will be able to make a logical decision as to what type of brush you require. Generally speaking using a roller is a much more effective and quicker way to apply paint to an exterior surface, but paint brushes are great for getting to those hard to reach areas to ensure you don't miss a bit.
#7. Top To Bottom
Painting from the top and working your way down is the best and most logical way to get a paint job done. This is essential for avoiding lap and drip marks, and always try to brush from one side to the other instead of up and down, this gives a much smoother and flawless finish.
#8. Number Of Coats
Depending on the depth of colour and coat that you want to go for, for exterior painting it is recommended that you apply at least 2 coats of paint to the area, ensuring that you give plenty of drying time in between to avoid that sticky feeling and excess of colour in particular areas.
#9. Seal Off The Paint
Arguably this is one of the most important parts of an exterior paint job, make sure you finish what you started! If you want your paint to be long lasting and withstand various types of weather then you need to ensure that you seal off your paint. It is just as an important as a primer and Autenticos sealers can be used with any of their brands of wall paint and the purpose is to add that extra protection and a water repellent coat to your walls.
#10. Clean Brushes
Its one of those annoying jobs that no one likes to do but has to be done, after each paint job make sure you clean your paint brushes off thoroughly, this will stop the bristles from hardening together and becoming unusable for the next time you take on a paint job.
A fresh paint on the outside of your house will keep your house looking nicer and in tip top condition for the many years to come! For future guides to painting with Autentico's range, keep an eye on the Eclectic at Home Facebook Page, Twitter and Google+!