Exterior Wall Painting- Things to Avoid

Exterior Wall Painting- Things to Avoid

Category: Design & Ideas, Date: 29 Aug, 2019 / Share Post:

A firm grip, an eagle eye and preparation of scraping off old paint are the main things you need to know before you get started with your amazing exterior wall painting idea. However, there are few other things you need to keep in mind.

1- Not having the required tools

It may seem like any obvious tip to have the required tools, but once we start a paint job, we come across many requirements that we didn’t know earlier. So, here is a small check list that may help you in keeping things on track:

  • Extendable outdoor leader
  • Tray for paint
  • Roller paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint color of your choice (always have some extra as well)
  • Ladder stabilizer
  • Paint scraper
  • Wall Fixtures and fillers

2- Wrong paint selection

We all get excited on renovating our home, especially when it is about exterior wall painting. Here is where you need to hold your horses and take time to make the most important decision right, paint selection. While selecting the ideal paint for your home exterior you need to check it in various ways:

  • Is it the proper weather shield?
  • Is it approved by proper quality standards?
  • Is the color correct?

3- Painting on the paint

Do not ever paint over on the existing paint. You may think that it is just the outer wall, who will notice? But you are wrong. Due to the changing weather the exterior wall paint changes its color more quickly. So, if you are thinking of doing a patch wall painting idea over an already painted surface, do not do it.

It is always best to scrape off the old paint layer, clean the surface properly, apply any needed fixing and then paint over it.

4- Not checking the weather

Weather conditions play a major role in exterior wall painting jobs. You need to make sure the weather is just right, neither too hot sunny nor too cloudy. Hot sun can cause heat stroke to the painter and may also dry out paint in the bucket.

Neither too sunny nor too cold, for outer walls it is important to make sure that the surface is dry and in shady area. A little shade will help you see the actual color.

5- Not identifying paint fall off cause

Yes, with time paint falls off or gets cracked, but it is not always because of nature effect. Before repainting your exterior walls, do take time to examine the surface to identify any unnatural reason of paint falling off. Sometimes a water leakage can cause the wall to absorb moisture, this can cause the paint to fall off in the form of flakes. Other reasons could be

  • Poor quality of paint, causing it to fade away quickly
  • Cracks in the wall can cause the wall to absorb excessive moisture in the air
  • Wall was not properly prepared prior to wall painting.
  • Paint layers were not properly painted.

6- Wall not prepared properly

It is very important to prepare the wall before applying your wall painting idea on it. You need to clean the surface properly and leave it for a few hours or a day (depending upon the weather condition) to dry properly. Once the surface is cleaned properly you will be able to highlight any damages in the wall, this is where you will need to use good quality filler.

Fillers are easy to apply; you can read the instructions and get the job done. Fill in the holes and crack and leave it to dry. Once it is dry completely, use sandpaper to even out the surface. Even if you are not doing any filling, you should even the wall surface with sandpaper. It removes any paint that was left there and evens out the surface.

7- Precautions not taken

If you are painting the exterior roof of your home, make sure the ladder is properly fixed to the ceiling. Here you can attach ladder stabilizers to make it a proper job. Spread plastic sheets around the house so that if any paint gets spilled over it does not get on the grass or pavement. Make use of painter’s boots, they will keep your feet safe from paint and getting hurt.