One of the best home remodels is a simple paint job. Painting your home exterior is usually much more labor intensive than painting interior walls. Many homes are constructed with stucco exterior sidewalls. This article will focus on the best ways to paint your stucco walls, explaining the extra steps you will need to take when painting exteriors.
Preparation is Key
Preparation is particularly important when you are painting exteriors because wind can make the job even messier. If you are going to paint your exterior with a spray gun, you will definitely need to do even more prep work. Painting with a spray gun on a windy day can be so messy that the overspray can travel many feet. It could even blow onto your neighbor's home if you are not careful. This is why you should always wait until the weather is nice and calm before you start spraying.
Masking Off to Protect Against Overspray
Even when there is no wind, you will need to mask off a large area beneath the walls you are painting. Using large rolls of painter plastic is the best way to get ample coverage on the ground. It is lightweight and easy to move along as you progress with the painting. If you fear that overspray will cause a problem with your neighbors, you can drape a large sheet of lightweight painters plastic from the soffit board of the roofline to the ground or top of your fence. This will create an effective canopy where paint cannot escape.
In the end, it will take more time to mask and tape off the area than it will to actually paint it. This is usually the case with all exterior paint jobs. You should also be sure to cover your landscaping. Toxic paint can kill greenery and lead to long term problems with your landscape.
What to Do about the Trim
One of the most difficult parts of painting an exterior wall is painting around the door and window trim. You should mask these areas off with precision. Apply straight lines of tape along the edges so paint cannot seep underneath. Also, be sure that you completely mask off all of the glass panes. Some people paint their trim at the same time that they paint their walls. It might be easier to paint the trim after you paint the walls. When you paint the trim it is easier to just use brushes and rollers. So, you can spray the walls first, without being too concerned if a little overspray gets on the trim.
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