Exterior painting can be a physically demanding, time consuming task, especially for the inexperienced painter. To save both time and money it is essential to plan things out before beginning by making sure you have the right tools and paint for the job.
Choosing the right paint will depend on the surface to be painted (i.e. wood, brick, vinyl, etc.), seasonal weather conditions, and exposure to direct sunlight. There is not one type of paint that is guaranteed to do the job no matter the conditions.
Inspect the exterior surfaces you plan to paint for dirt, mildew, or other debris that may require a power washing. Some sanding may be required to prep areas that are peeling and flaking from previous paint jobs. The better you prep your surfaces the less likely you are to have issues with the paint going on and adhering correctly. Surfaces that aren’t prepared can result in unsightly issues such as the paint chalking, wrinkling, blistering, and alligatoring.
A sturdy extendable ladder will be required as well as brushes and rollers. There are also paint sprayers on the market that can shorten the time required for painting, but they do require more skill and experience to insure an even application of paint. It is also important to note that for a quality job you will need quality tools.
Check the weather forecast for the week you plan to paint. It may not take you a whole week to paint or for it to dry completely, but it never hurts to give yourself the extra time. It is best to paint during less humid times of the year, when the temperature is mild. This serves to provide optimum conditions for the paint to set properly, but also means safer working conditions.