Last week, Gold Painting Inc. provided several tips on how to achieve perfection when painting your home’s exterior. We’re not finished with our tips, however—so here’s Part 2 of how to get a great look for your home’s exterior.
Now, let’s talk paint! The good news is there are tons of options from which to choose. This can seem daunting, though, because the possibilities can seem virtually endless. Gold Painting recommends taking note of the colors of homes you pass by that you really like. Is there a common theme among the homes you’ve selected. Perhaps they are all painted in a shade of a neutral brown or off white. What trim colors do you like? Jot these down, too.
Then, bring your list with you to the paint store and search for swatches grouped in the same color family. Pick up a couple of sample jars of paint and add the color to an inconspicuous location on your house, but try and pick a spot that gets a lot of light. You want to be able to see what the color will look like in the bright light of day.
Once you settle on an exterior paint color you need to select the type of paint that will be applied. There are two options generally, acrylic latex and oil-based paint. The selection will depend on the type of siding on your home or the paint that’s currently on your home’s exterior. Generally, though, acrylic latex is the most popular choice.
Now, it’s time to decide how to make your paint shine, literally! Here’s where you decide the type of exterior paint finish you want—will you go with flat, satin, semi-gloss, eggshell, matte or gloss? Remember, shinier paint is more durable as a general rule of thumb and perhaps the most popular option is satin finish exterior paint for the home and the trim.
With the paint color, type and finish selected, it’s time to figure out how much paint you’ll need to get the job done. The way to calculate the amount of exterior paint you’ll need generally means getting a number for your home’s square footage, which is calculated by adding the widths of the sides and multiplying that figure by the home’s height. As a best practice, purchase about 10 percent more than what you think you’ll need—to account for errors in calculation or unforeseen mishaps like the spilling of the paint tub.
Once it’s time to paint, using a professional tool like a paint sprayer can be best, but keep in mind that if you’re not familiar with them, you could wind up with unwanted drips and paint where you didn’t want it! If you’re new to painting, you might want to opt for the ’ol paint and brush route! Apply two coats in thin, even strokes—starting from the top and working your way down—and you’ll have a great finish that will last for years to come. Remember, too, what we discussed last week about the ideal weather conditions for painting your home’s exterior!
If you have any questions or concerns about painting your home’s exterior, contact Gold Painting today for a free, no-obligation consultation! In addition to offering superior interior and exterior painting services, as well as other interior maintenance services, we also provide premier exterior care and maintenance services for residential and commercial properties across Central Massachusetts and the Boston area.
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