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Exterior House Painting

In late spring and early summer, many peopleís minds turn to decorating their homes. Late spring and early summer are probably the best times to think about exterior house painting as the weather is more likely to be warm and dry. If you intend to renovate the whole of the outside in your exterior house painting task, then you will need paint for the woodwork, bitumen paint for the drain pipes and masonry paint for the walls.If the exterior walls of your home have been rendered then you may need to check with a professional whether it is a good idea to repaint the existing render or whether it needs to be removed and a replacement applied first. Once you have checked anything else that is important and assembled your materials, the next phase of your exterior house painting task is to prepare the surfaces.

Preparation



Preparing yourr home for an exterior house painting is one of the most important parts of the job, if the preparation is not done properly then this could spoil the whole look of the finished job. Start by cutting back and plants or branches that are in the way and remove any exterior light fittings. The best way to clean and prepare the walls for an exterior house painting job is to use a pressure washer or a garden hose with a strong spray nozzle and hose the walls down thoroughly. You will need need to sand off any old or peeling paint, if your home is rendered then too many coats of masonry paint will affect the amount of moisture in your masonry as it will not be able to breathe properly, so you may want to get professional advice on this.

Fill in the Cracks



If there are any cracks in the plaster you will need to fill those in and the same with the woodwork if you are painting that as well. You may find some patches of mould on the walls and these will need to be treated with a fungicide before you can begin painting. If you have a large house you might to better hiring a paint spray as this will get the exterior house painting done more quickly. You can easily hire a paint spray from your local decorating shop and it wonít cost much to rent and you can usually keep it for a couple of days or more

Painting



It is a good idea to start your painting on the shadiest side of the house as this may take longer to dry, you will need to make sure that you are not painting when the sun is hot as this can cause the paint to blister and peel. Itís best to get the walls painted before you start on the woodwork, guttering and drainpipes. If you donít want to get paint all over the drive and the lawn then you should lay down some polythene sheeting or tarpaulins to collect any paint spatters.


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