Painting experts recommend repainting a home’s exterior at least every 10 years. If you are considering painting your Concord home, you may wonder where to start.
- How much Paint? You can find out how paint you’ll need by measuring the height of each exterior wall by the walls’ width. Since each gallon of paint covers approximately 400 square feet, this will help you determine how many gallons you’ll need. Check the paint you’ve chosen as some will have different estimates. A paint salesman can also help you determine your paint needs. Add at least 25% of your total amount to ensure you don’t run out. If you have extra paint, keep it handy in case touch ups are needed.
- What supplies are needed? After you purchase the paint, you’ll also need brushes or rollers, or a sprayer, if you like. A tall, sturdy ladder is also a necessity or scaffolding if you have a two-story home. Drop cloths are needed to protect plants from being dripped on as well as vehicles, walkways or the driveway. Having any items needed to make repairs along the way – including scrapers, sandpaper, putty or caulk – will help to ensure the paint has the best surface on which to adhere. Check to see how old the previous coat of paint is so you can be sure lead is not an issue. Paint trays and stir sticks will also be needed for each person painting.
- What preparation is needed? You’ll want to scrape off any loose paint you see. Wash the walls with soap and water to remove any dust or dirt that can affect the way the paint adheres to the surface. Let all surfaces dry thoroughly before adding the primer.
Once the house is ready to be painted, take your time. Overfilling the brushes and rollers can lead to drips and runs. When using a sprayer to paint, arm-length strokes are best and most comfortable. Move horizontally, being sure to overlap each pass slightly, to cover the surface evenly. For those who are new to using a sprayer, test on a wall that is not viewable or on a piece of paneling. This will help you get used to the motion before you begin painting an area that will be seen by all.
A small brush or roller is best-suited for trim. Keep an eye out for areas that need a touch up. Remove the painter’s tape you used, if any, and pick up any drop cloths you used. When you have finished painting your Concord home, you can sit back and admire your hard work.