Most homes are repainted about every 10 years or so, on average. So when do you decide that it’s time to break out the brushes? For me, it came in the form of a notice from my Draconian homeowners association saying “Paint your exterior”. As most homeowners do, I thought they were just getting a little too carried away with their power…until I went outside and looked. The folks who previously lived there had painted the house, but obviously just for the quick sale. It wasn’t a quality job and was already starting to look bad. You could even discern brush strokes from the street if you looked hard enough.
Of course your situation may not be quite as dire, but there are telltale indications that will let you know it is time to repaint. See if the paint around your doors and trim is starting to peel or crack, or if the paint near your storm drains is becoming discolored or faded. If these or similar symptoms are found, then it’s time to repaint your home. If you would like someone else to do it for you, take a look at house painters melbourne, excellent service all round.
I would heartily suggest going with a high grade paint. Using low quality paint may be less expensive, but I guarantee that you will be back on this job in a couple of years. Spring for the good stuff so you don’t have to worry about it again for a while.
Now, should you hire somebody or do it yourself? Painting is not exactly rocket science, and can be done with only a few tools. The biggest benefit of hiring a painter is that the job can typically be done in a day or so. I can take a day or so to repaint one door. However, doing the work yourself can save you almost half the cost of any quoted job.
Remember that painting your home is not confined to simply running a brush over the walls. The walls must be prepared in advance, and that includes any repair work that needs to be done. Check for any damaged siding, and remove any peeling, blistering, wrinkling, or flaking paint. This is usually done through scraping or sanding, and can be quite time consuming. Be sure not to gouge the wood, and always wear protective glove, eyewear, and a dust mask.
Be sure to mask everything. You don’t wish to inadvertently paint your roof or garage door, so take time in advance to mask them off properly, using plastic sheeting and 3 inch masking tape. You should also use drop cloths to protect walkways, driveways, shrubs or decks from dripping paint. Paint the siding first and then go back and do the trim. It will be easier on all involved.
Avoid painting in direct sunlight. This will allow the paint to dry at a normal speed, improving its ability to adhere to the surface.
Paint surfaces from the top down, working in 3-4 square foot sections. Watch for drips or streaks and go back over them while still wet. Once dried, it is far more difficult to repair them.
Always work along the grain line, especially when painting the trim, which comes next. You may want to remove doors and place them on sawhorses to paint.
When painting around glass, free hand it. Masking isn’t necessary. If it drips, it can be wiped up, and if it dries, a razor blade will remove it nicely.
Don’t forget to clean up properly once you are finished. Use soap and water to clean latex paint from brushes, or thinner for alkyd paints. It will take a while to get all the paint out of your brushes so be patient. Do not pour thinner or any excess paint down your drains, as this is a major cause of ground water pollution. Seal it in an old paint can and dispose of it at a toxic waste collection site.
Taking the time to do the job right, with high quality materials to work with, will ensure that you won’t have to worry about painting your house again for another ten years.