The exterior of your home can be quite tricky when it comes to improvements, in that it is big enough that anything you want to do will take substantially longer than any given interior improvement job (typically) given the difference in size and scope.
Of course, this does not even take into account the fact that when you take on an exterior project such as painting the exterior of your home, you can make the whole thing much more difficult if you fall into some easy pitfalls that can be avoided if you know about them.
With that being the case, let’s look at and consider five mistakes to avoid when painting your home exterior in Austin, TX in 2021.
1. Painting When The Weather Is Wrong
When you’re looking to paint the exterior of your home, it should be fairly clear that you’re not going to want to paint when it is raining outside — after all, there are few things that are worse for your painting than getting rain all over it while you are in the process of doing it.
Additionally, painting with rain is bad because a wet surface is bound to be ruinous for your exterior paint work, as it’s important that you have a completely dry surface to paint.
However, you should also be cautious not to paint when it is overly sunny outside, nor too hot — for when you do this, you take the chance that the paint is going to dry too quickly and blister up, and this would look quite unpleasant and need to be corrected fairly quickly before it would spread and become a bigger problem.
2. Not Cleaning Before You Paint
The exterior of your home has to be clean before you paint it, because anything that is found on the exterior before you paint it is just going to get mixed into the paint while you are painting it.
With that being the case, you’re going to have to remove a number of things from the exterior of your home including the dust and grime, and even the more hard to remove things like mold and mildew.
It is a good idea to be sure that you have thoroughly cleaned and then to allow time for the now clean surface to dry before painting.
3. Using The Wrong Kind Of Paint
You can choose from a number of paints when you are going to paint the exterior of your home, but they are not going to all be equally useful.
The kinds of paint that do not protect against the sort of weather that you might typically see in your area, for example, should be avoided because if you see a lot of sun you should use a paint that protects against the sun and not one that is more suited for a lot of rain.
4. Ignoring Exterior Problems
When you are going to paint the exterior of your home, you have to be careful to inspect the exterior for any possible problems that are there before you actually start the painting process.
These could be things as simple as bad previous paint jobs and even dents in the surface of the exterior — these issues need to be fixed before you commence.
5. Not Sanding Before Painting
Lastly, you have to take the time to sand the surface that you’re going to be painting before you apply the primer to the exterior of your home.
As having a smooth surface is one of the most important parts of home painting, it’s good to take the time to properly sand the surface — not too roughly, but just gently enough that it will be smoother and ready to be painted.