Exterior Painting Tips

Exterior Painting Tips

Thinking about painting the exterior of your house? You’re in for a fun challenge that can transform the look of your home. Exterior painting is very different from interior painting, so you may not be sure how to get started. Before you begin, you’ll need to know more about priming, power washing, and dealing with different materials. Read on for our top six tips to help you prepare for an exterior painting job.

Should I use a primer?

Most high-end paints have primer in them, but you should still prime all bare wood around your house. Before you even begin painting, make sure to power wash your house so you can expose the bare wood. This will help wash away paint that is loose, which is very helpful since loose paint is not a good substrate to paint on and should always be removed.

What do I do with loose paint?

All loose paint should be scraped and then sanded to give the primer a good “bite.” You can head over to Home Depot or Lowe’s and look for a 5 in 1 tool that is great for scraping those annoying little patches off your house.

Can I power wash windows?

Be extremely careful when power washing around windows. Windows can crack easily and once there is a small spider crack, it will only get bigger. It may be smarter to spray at higher pressure around the windows and avoid the glass itself. Wood windows are particularly sensitive as they are typically older and can be more delicate.

How do I power wash stucco?

Do not power wash stucco with too much force or the stucco will fall off your house! If you are painting a more porous material like stucco, make sure to use the proper tip on your power washer. A fan tip is the best tip to use because it disperses the pressure. This 40-degree tip is the gentlest spray on the market. You can even use it to clean windows, but you must hold the power washer at the right distance.

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What if I overspray?

Overspray is a consequence of not properly masking a surface. It can be removed, but it is a challenge! If you overspray a surface, you may be able to brush or scrap the paint off with water. However, you may need a product called Krud Kutter to help remove it. Be careful though, because this product can leave a stain on any surface. Only use Krud Kutter when necessary. The best way to not overspray? Always mask around windows carefully.

What if I have other exterior home repairs planned?

It’s best for house painting to be the last project completed on the exterior of your home. This way blemishes on the house can be fixed without anyone messing it up after! For example, if you have a roofing project, you can wait and paint the new gutters to match your new exterior, and you don’t have to worry about a roofer scuffing up your fresh paint work.


If you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of painting the exterior of your house, take a deep breath. You can do this! Take your time and make sure you are prepared before you even begin. This is not a job to wing. Do your research and follow the tips we listed above. If you’d rather hire a contractor, then send us an email at EMAIL ADDRESS HEREand we can help you get the job done!