Painting the exterior coating with exterior paint (สี ทา ภายนอก which is the term in Thai) is a long process and certainly requires special preparation. However, the investment of time and money is usually well worth it since exterior painting jobs directly impact the appearance of your home. Before refreshing your exterior paint, you absolutely must follow specific steps to ensure that your project will be durable and have the desired effect on your home. So here are some tips that you should read before you start your work.
While interior painting jobs require some planning, this is doubly true for painting exterior siding. Here are the main points to watch out for:
While the tool doesn’t necessarily make the worker, being well equipped certainly can’t hurt. You don’t need to buy the ultimate in painting tools, but a few goods, essential tools will save you a lot of time and ensure a quality job. Here’s what you should get first:
At least two good quality paintbrushes (ideally one at an angle about 1 inch wide for trimming and tight spots, as well as one about 4 inches wide).
- A scraper.
- Sandpaper (ideally a relatively coarse-grained sandpaper and a finer one).
- A ladder or stepladder that will allow you to cover the entire surface to be painted safely.
- For a complete guide to painting equipment, check out our article on must-have painter tools.
The Choice Of Exterior Paint Finish
Not so long ago, oil paint was recommended for exterior coating paint. Thanks to the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) law, oil paint has almost completely disappeared from the shelves. Fortunately, water-based paints today can offer virtually the same luster and durability.
As for the different types of finishes, here are the choices available to you for exterior painting:
High Gloss: This type of finish is often preferred for doors and exterior moldings. As the name suggests, it is very glossy and comes close to the look of an oil painting.
Semi-gloss: Semi-gloss is often used for its durability. The semi-gloss, like the sheer gloss for that matter, is resistant to mold.
Satin: Often used for railings, the satin finish is also mildew resistant.
Matte: Very low-reflective, the matte finish is the easiest to apply and correct, and imperfections are less noticeable.
The choice of color: matching the exterior color of your home
To choose a suitable exterior color scheme for your home, you need to assess what you already have as well as your surroundings. Do you have colored window outlines? A dark or light wood patio and stairs? What color will match your exterior stain colors best? What color is your roof? Do you plan to change it soon? The amount of sunlight in your home will also have an impact on the color chosen. Think about all the seasons when making your choice. In winter, some places maybe get more light as the trees shed their leaves. Think about it! Consult with decoration professionals if you are not sure that you are making the right choice. They will be able to enlighten you and offer you paint colors that will meet your tastes.
Exterior Painting And Temperature: Plan The Schedule
You will need to plan your exterior painting jobs for the weather, so you should rely on the weather forecast as much as possible. Here are some essential temperature tips:
Never paint in strong sunlight. Otherwise, the drying will be too fast, and you could see the brushstrokes and roller. It is best to follow the shadows.
Do not paint if the wind is too strong; otherwise, it will dry too quickly, and dirt may seep into the new paint.
Do not paint if there has been raining in the last two days or if there is a chance of precipitation in the next two days.
Paint between 15 ° C and 25 ° C ideally. Never paint if the temperature is below 10 ° C or above 30 ° C.
Avoid painting if there is fog, dew, or humidity (ideal between 30% and 55%).