Painting Your Home and Trim

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Painting Your Home and Trim

Now that you have prepped the siding of your home and know what problems to look out for, you are almost ready to do the actual painting. Because paint colors tend to vary a little, it is smart to mix all batches together in a couple of large containers. Any paint you have leftover can go back into the can it came from and resealed.

Paint during a time of day that allows you to follow the sun, so that you are working in the shade as long as possible and so you are working on a part of the house that has already been dried off by the sun. This dries up moisture from wood or siding of your home. If you have to stop painting for the day before you finish your house, try to stop after completing an entire side so you do not have marks showing from the different coats.

When painting up high on your home, cover these areas in horizontal sections. When you are up on a ladder, remember never to lean away from the ladder and do not lean more than an arm’s length to the right or to the left. Paint one section on the ladder, move the ladder, paint another, and create a painted band as you go all the way around your house. Once you have finished painting at that level, move the ladder down and paint a band at the next level. Keep this process going, painting horizontal sections around your house.

When painting on an extension ladder, make sure that it is on firm footing and that the bottom of the ladder is one quarter of its length from the base of the house. Make sure the ladder does not tilt right or left and double check the extension hooks on the ladder to be sure they are properly locked. When carrying your ladder around your house, watch out for power lines or other tall objects you may catch with it. Purchase an S-shape bucket hook and hang your paint bucket on your ladder, so that you do not have to hold it as you paint.

Around areas like doors or windows, take extra time to fill in all areas precisely with the new paint. Jab your brush into joints and thoroughly cover the area in paint, then go back over it to smooth it out. For some areas, you may want to use a corner roller. Before you climb down from the ladder, check over your work for drips, missed spots, thin areas or other quick fixes.

Painting the trim of your house can be quite exciting, as it signifies that you are getting close to finishing. Remember, though, that painting trim does take longer than painting the rest of your home and that it requires diligence and patient work. There are a couple tips to remember to make the job easier.

When painting trim, work from the top down. This keeps drips from dripping down over trim you have already painted. Either mask around your window panes or use a paint shield as you paint. Scrape off any paint splatters and drips on your windows after they have dried.

If you had to replace caulking around doors or windows when you were prepping your house to paint, make sure this is dry before you paint over it. Use a significant amount of paint to form a seal between the siding and trim. This seal will keep out moisture and bugs.

When you are painting windowsills, you may consider giving them an extra coat of paint, including the underside. They take the brunt of the beating from wind, rain and other elements. It is easy for dirt to accumulate here as well as snow, rain and other things that will make them weather faster than other parts of the house.

If you have screens or storm windows on your home, remove these and paint them separately. If you need new screens, think about replacing them now. If your screens are in decent shape, you can simply repaint them on both sides.

When painting doors of your home, remove knobs, latches and knockers. This makes your job of painting easier. If you can take your door off its hinges, do so and put it flat on the ground. Paint one side at a time, starting with the indented areas, then painting the raised areas last. Sanding the top and bottom of the door and applying a thin coat of paint will keep out moisture. While the door is removed, paint the jambs and the frame around where the door goes. Do not paint the metal hinges.

If you have ornamental metal work around your home or porch railings, use a lamb’s wool applicator instead of a paintbrush to apply the paint. This applicator can be worn, as a mitten, on either hand and is reusable. Smear the paint on with your covered hand.

These are the basic tips to painting your home. The task is no small undertaking, and you will probably learn a lot in the process. Remember to prepare the surfaces of your home so that the paint goes on well, fix small problems, decide how much paint to use, lookout for problems, and finally, get painting!

Susan Hilton (979)764-2100

CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc.

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