Mistakes that DIY painters make when painting exterior walls

The most common mistake made in painting the exterior of a house is to use the wrong paint. If the existing paint on the house is oil-based, you must use oil-based paint to repaint the structure. If the paint is water-based, you need to use the same. To find out which base the existing paint is, all you have to do is wet a rag with methylated spirit and rub the surface. If it’s water-based, some of the paint will rub off onto the rag and if it is oil based the area rubbed will get a little sticky.

Another common mistake is to paint over a dirty surface. If possible, use a power washer on the surfaces to be painted. If you don’t own a power washer and cannot rent one, at the very least, the structure should be hosed down with a garden hose and scrubbed with a car cleaning brush. Allow one or two days for the walls to dry completely before priming or caulking.

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Once you have determined the type of paint and cleaned it, you are ready to start the paint preparation. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not spending enough time on preparation. It is about 80 percent of a good house painting job.

Use a scraper to remove any loose or peeling paint, and sand the area with 120 or 180 grit sandpaper. Prime the bare areas as you scrape and sand them since it’s a bad mistake to leave the sanded areas covered with dust. Carry a dry paint brush to use as a dust brush, and wipe the area with a rag.

Never paint from a full can of paint and rest the brush on the side. This is a simple but serious error. The brush will dry out and also drip paint down the side of the paint can. Always keep the brush in half a can of paint.

Finally, do not try to save time by applying only one coat of paint. Exteriors need two coats of paint. And don’t paint in direct sunlight because the paint will dry too fast, making it impossible to work with.

Happy Painting.

 

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Make white walls work

White is such a versatile colour. It’s bright, neutral, clean and relaxing. Still, a lot of people avoid white with the fear that rooms might end up looking like a hospital. But with the right décor and interior design we assure you that white is right!

Whether you’re relying on windows or lamps for your light supply, white walls will help to reflect light and make the overall feel in the room brighter.

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High contrast colours attract the most attention and this is so in the case of black and white décor too. Black and white contrast also evokes a feeling of drama, elegance, and edge.

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Got wooden floors in your home? White walls will make the perfect match.

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While it may seem counter intuitive to count on the lightest hue in the room to ground your space, shades of white paint and décor can do just that.  Sheer white curtains soften the setting making a white room seem practically cosy.

White walls work great next to other simple, solid colours. Limit the colours in a room to three and avoid heavy use of pattern. Organic hues work well with soft and delicate white paint. Add small doses of bolder colour to keep the solids from feeling boring.

Bay windows are gorgeous. If you have one, please paint that room white and take advantage of all that natural light. You’ll thank yourself and us.

Lifestyle magazines recommend putting plants in your home for clean air and happiness. With white walls, the greens can become emerald pieces of art. Win win!

Happy Painting!

 

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