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What You Need to Know About DIY Exterior Painting

April 5th, 2016

glen after 2This is the time of year for spring cleaning, both inside and outside of the home. For many families, this means freshening up the home’s curb appeal. Of course, one of the best ways to accomplish that is with a shiny new coat of paint. There is so much that can be said for exterior painting, both good and bad. While it’s a very effective way to give your home’s appearance a major facelift, it is also quite a large undertaking. Before you dive into DIY exterior painting, be sure to consider it from every angle.

DIY exterior painting can be dangerous.

Painting the outside of a home can be tough. There will always be hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that you will fail to consider until you are already halfway through your project. There are also certain inherent dangers of an exterior paint job, especially where heights are concerned. It’s all very physically taxing, so be prepared for plenty of bending and stretching.

Another important factor to consider is that the chemical makeup of most exterior paints are very different from the low (or no)-VOC varieties that are normally used inside of the home. Along those same lines, it’s important to know that many older homes have a high concentration of lead on their exterior. If this is the case for your home, be aware that you will encounter lead (a toxin known for causing severe, lasting side effects) throughout the duration of your project, especially during the prep work.

These are harsh and hazardous compounds that you should not expose yourself to, unless you are familiar with proper handling techniques.

Errors made to the exterior of the home can be very costly to repair.

When you first begin a paint project, there are certain things that will need to be evaluated and addressed before you even think about picking up a brush. Among those important considerations is the condition of the underlying structure. If you are not trained to identify weak or rotted areas of the home’s exterior, they can be very easy to overlook. This is a very costly oversight that will become apparent shortly after you have completed your project.

Other potentially costly mistakes include using the wrong type of paint (much more common than one would think), failing to properly fill all cracks and holes, paint spills (a terrible situation), dented siding due to improper ladder placement, and more. All of these errors sound simple enough, but they are expensive to correct, nonetheless.

Exterior painting requires specialized equipment.

Depending on your home’s unique condition and environment, any number of specialized pieces of equipment may be necessary to complete your exterior paint job. Do you own (or have access to) the right type of pressure washer? Will the purchase of an extension ladder or scaffolding negate the amount of money saved by doing it yourself? You may need a paint sprayer, mixer, or some other expensive, but necessary, device. This is all something that you should take into account when determining your budget for your project.

You should also consider the amount of time that your DIY project will take. This is either time lost from work or time that could be spent with your friends and family. In both cases, the cost is high, and that’s part of our mission at Brel’s Custom Painting. We offer friendly, affordable solutions for both interior and exterior paint projects, giving you the time and freedom to get back to doing the things you enjoy. There is so much to worry about with exterior paint jobs. Let us take the stress and hassle off of your hands. Contact us by phone at 303-885-4514 and tell us about your exterior painting needs. We’ll be looking forward to your call!

What our customers are saying:

  • “Very thorough explanation of work to be performed & outlined in bid. Work crew was prompt and courteous & did exceptional work. When we needed to add to the contract & make changes, Brel was very easy to work with – and made himself available via phone/email/in person. We are very happy with the exterior & interior painting we requested of the company & would recommend to friends & family.”Kayce O’Brien