Feels like painting weather

The temperature can make you sweat or shiver while you are painting your house, but did you know it can also affect your paint job? Latex paints usually need about 24 hours of temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit to dry properly. Walls that are exposed to a lot of sun can adsorb heat in the summertime and cause your paint to blister. Your best bet is to paint when it is cool to warm outside, and to avoid painting during temperature extremes.


Off with the old

The first step in repainting your house is to wash it thoroughly. Painting over dirt will just cause the paint to peel off easily. If your house exterior is particularly dirty, you may save time and effort by renting a pressure washer. Besides leaving you with a clean surface to pain, it will help lift off old, peeling paint.

Scraping off loose paint is an important part of your preparation to paint, but don’t scrape off paint that is still firmly attached to the surface. An old fashioned puncture type can opener is ideal for scraping old paint or caulk from hard to reach crevices.

And on with the new

Painting a clean, flat surface is pretty easy – it’s the corners and funny angles that will give you problems. A few things to remember:

  • Use the correct size brush; it will take more than one. You can’t get into every little crack and crevice with a thick, wide brush – you need a small, skinny one. For wider areas that the roller won’t paint well, use a medium or large brush.
  • For a professional-looking finish, use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges that formed when you scraped.
  • If you use a high-quality roller, you shouldn’t have a problem with “roller fuzz” – loose fibers from the roller that get stuck in your paint. To be sure, wrap some masking tape around your hand, sticky-side out, and dab it all over the dry roller before you paint.

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