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4 Common Mistakes DIY Painters Make When Exterior Painting

Posted on June 7, 2019

Nashua Exterior House Painting

On the surface, a DIY house painting project may seem cheaper than hiring a professional. That's what leads so many homeowners to try it. After all, how difficult can exterior house painting be? It's just paint. The answer is that it's surprisingly tricky to manage exterior house painting correctly. Here are a few of the most common mistakes that homeowners make when they attempt to paint the exterior of their homes themselves:

Lack of Preparation

Exterior house painting is much more than simply painting the house. You have to cover the yard below and tape over anything that you need the paint to miss. You also have to prime the walls, sand, and clean them. Some homeowners know part of this process — such as taping the outlines of windows and such but not priming the walls with a white paint to cover the old paint. Or they might know that you're supposed to prime the walls, but not sand and clean them first. All of these elements are necessary in order to ensure a smooth finish.

Starting From the Bottom

Does it matter where you start painting, as long as the whole wall is covered by the end? You'll learn very quickly that it does. Paint tends to run down the walls, which is handy if you're painting from top to bottom. However, if you start painting from the bottom, that paint runs down to areas that you've already painted. This can lead to a sloppy finish and possibly some streaks or bubbling.

Underestimating (or Overestimating) The Amount of Paint Needed

Professional house painters are typically able to look at the dimensions of the house and get a sense of how much paint they will need, because they do this every day. Homeowners often eyeball this process, too, but with less experience to back them up. This can sometimes lead to buying too little paint and having to stop to go back to the store for more paint; it can also lead to having too much paint, and ultimately having paint that goes to waste.

Applying Too Much Paint to the Brush or Roller

What you don't want to do is cover the brush or roller with paint. In fact, if you're using a brush, you only want to cover about ⅓ of the paint brush bristles to keep the paint from dripping too aggressively. If you have any more than this, you'll want to tap it off your brush before you start painting. A full brush or roller will inevitably lead to a dripping mess. 

The truth is, at the end of the day, sometimes it helps to have an exterior house painting professional whose work will save you more money in the long run because it's likely to last longer. Contact No Risk Painting today for more information or a free quote.

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