With warmer weather finally approaching, a homeowner’s heart may turn toward…painting! After a cold and dreary winter, it feels good to get outside and enjoy some sunshine. And if you find yourself looking at the exterior of your house and envisioning a fresh coat of paint, this is the perfect time to plan that project.

Select Painting is proud to serve our South Dakota community by helping home and business owners beautify their properties. When you are ready to get the ball rolling on your exterior paint project, we will be glad to be on the job for you.

If you are an avid DIY homeowner and would like to tackle this on your own, there are some key things to keep in mind. Be sure to avoid these common exterior painting mistakes.

1. Skipping the Preparations

Truthfully, painting is fun. Also truthfully, prepping to paint is not fun. But this is a step you cannot skip if you want a good result that makes you happy for years to come. Prepping your home’s exterior for painting is time-consuming and painstaking, but it is critical to a successful paint job.

Homeowners who skip this step always end up with a paint job that doesn’t look as beautiful as they had hoped and that doesn’t stand the test of time. If you want all of your hard work to be worthwhile, be sure to do the following:

  • Wash the outside of the house. Using a pressure washer, get the home’s exterior nice and clean and free of debris and peeling paint.
  • Scrape the old paint. Any areas where the existing paint is peeling need an adequate scraping to remove loose bits.
  • Sand areas as needed. Check the surface of the siding to see if any areas need sanding to be ready to receive paint.
  • Recaulk to ensure a strong seal.

At Select Painting, we take our preparations very seriously. We always budget adequate time for all the necessary work before painting, and you should too.

Choosing paint from color swatches

2. Skipping the Samples

Just as you would for an interior paint job, you need to try samples on the outside of your house as well. Even if you want something as neutral as beige, you should try samples. With hundreds of shades in each color family, you are sure to find one you like. But if you skip the sample swatches, you may be unhappy with the result.

Paint colors will look different at various times throughout the day. Take the time to apply samples and look at them at different times. Do you like how the color looks against your landscaping? Do you like how it looks in bright sunshine? There are many things to consider.

Along with samples for the body of your house, be sure to have a plan for the entire color scheme. Think about what you want on your trim, shutters, and door. Plan all the colors at the same time, so you have a coordinated look.

If you aren’t sure how to choose, the Select team and our friends at Omorfia Designs can help you make the perfect choice for your property.

3. Battling the Weather

Although most exterior paint nowadays can tolerate application in cold temperatures, it is best to wait for a temperate day. Hot and humid conditions make it nearly impossible for the paint to adhere and film properly, leading to a weak paint job.

Similarly, rain not only makes an outside paint job miserable, but it also prevents the paint from adhering well. And if rain hits the wet paint directly, pretty much all of your hard work will be for nothing. Be patient and be prepared so that you can take advantage of a few nice days in a row for your paint project.

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4. Relying on Spraying Alone

Paint sprayers are very popular for DIY homeowners. They allow for fast, even application of your exterior paint once you get a feel for how the sprayer works. And sprayers are available for rent or purchase at almost every home improvement store.

However, spraying alone will not give you a high-quality result. Sprayed-on products tend to sit on top of the wood rather than penetrate it for long-lasting adhesion. For a paint job that will remain intact for years to come, you need to use the back brushing technique. As its name implies, this process involves brushing (or rolling) over the sprayed areas to be sure the paint gets into the wood and cracks and nail holes. This is necessary to ensure your paint job will last.

At Select Painting, we use primarily rolling and brushing as opposed to spraying. But when our expert team does spray, they also employ back brushing to make sure the job meets our high expectations for quality.

5. Neglecting Safety

Although painting the exterior of your house is a fairly straightforward process, it does require proper gear to keep you safe during your project. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is skipping the safety precautions. As you prepare to start painting, be sure to have what you need to stay safe:

  • Eyes – Wear goggles or other eye protection when spraying.
  • Ears – Wear hearing protection devices such as earplugs or earmuffs when using noisy equipment like a pressure washer.
  • Skin – Don’t forget the sunscreen. It can be easy to lose track of time and end your workday with a nasty sunburn after being outside all day.
  • Ladder – Be sure your ladder is sturdy and in good shape. Take the time to learn how to use it correctly. There are 300 deaths and over 164,000 emergency room visits each year due to falls from ladders.

Stressed out male painting his home with space for copy

Let Select Painting Get It Done For You

There are no awards given out for finishing an exterior paint project all on your own. So if you’d rather have your valuable time back in your control, call Select Painting today. We will get your home or business in beautiful shape with our thorough preparation and attention to detail.

You’re going to love how incredible your property looks once we finish. Give us a call for your free estimate.