9 Steps To Painting A House Exterior In The Hamptons

You can make your home’s exterior beautiful again.

It may have taken some damage from a storm, be worn from old age, or you could want a new look. Whatever the reason, you probably aren’t in love with the current exterior of your house.

We don’t think anyone should live in a home they aren’t completely in love with.

The good thing is, you don’t have to.

You can paint your home exterior to your ideal vision using the 9 steps in this post.

Let’s see how you can make that happen.

You can also see what we make happen on our home painting services page >>

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How To Paint A House Exterior In 9 Steps

1. Clean your house exterior

You’ll want to clean from top to bottom.

Cleaning gets rid of all the grime that can keep your paint from sticking to the walls.

Pressure washing is the easiest method for this, but it can damage your home if you aren’t careful. If you choose a pressure washer, it’s best to overlap the spray by a few inches so you get all the grime.

The slower, but safer, method is to use a hose and scrub brush.

Speaking of damage, the next step involves repairing any.

2. Repair any damages

It’s time to tackle the cracks.

Damage can hurt the quality of your paint job and it doesn’t look good anyways.

Using caulk to repair cracks in house exterior

You can walk around your house with either a caulk gun or epoxy filler and a spackle knife looking for any damage.

If you find any, fill it in. After it dries, sand it even with medium-grit sandpaper.

For this next step, you’ll want to keep the sandpaper with you.

3. Scrape away loose paint

You don’t want to paint over loose paint or the new layer will become loose too!

Put down drop cloths under these areas before you start. Be careful of plants as drop cloths can damage them as it gets very hot beneath the plastic.

Then, use a paint scraper or your sandpaper to remove the loose paint. The drop cloths should catch it as it falls.

4. Add caulk to the trim

The trim around your doors and windows can get gaps in them.

Not great for your energy bill.

Caulking the trim around a window in preparation for painting

Use your caulk gun and exterior caulk to fill in any gaps you may see.

If your house is made from more than one type of material, caulk the areas where they meet.

While walking around you can also do the next step.

5. Prime stains and knotted areas

You want your walls looking uniform right?

Stains and wood knots can prevent you from having this. 

Walk around your house exterior again and prime any stains or knots. This way your paint will be more likely to stick and not have the stain or knot show through.

Now it’s almost time to paint, there’s just one more part to do.

6. Cover anything you don’t want to get paint on

You probably aren’t trying to paint your windows and light fixtures right now.

Certainly not the same color as the rest of your exterior. Everything would blend together!

You can protect anything you don’t want to paint using plastic sheets and painter’s tape.

Now you can paint. Well, unless you need to prime first.

7. Prime your walls (optional)

You can make sure the paint sticks to your walls by using some primer.

It gives the paint a better surface to stick to. Even if you don’t have to do it, it can still help.

Now we can start the actual painting!

8. Paint your house exterior

You will want to practice first.

Using a paint sprayer is easier, but it still takes some experience. You can use cardboard to practice painting until there aren’t any drips or lap marks.

  1. Load your chosen paint into the sprayer
  2. Spray paint from the top to the bottom, overlapping by several inches (about 8)
  3. Apply 2 coats for the best look and highest durability

You may prefer a latex satin sheen style of paint for your house exterior. It’s easy to wash, hides imperfections well, and is a durable paint.

Lap lines can be easier to see, but it won’t be a problem if a professional painter does the job (or an advanced DIYer).

Your painting job may not be over yet though!

9. Paint any covered areas

This is the time for you to paint the trim, doors, fixtures, and any other exterior parts.

Remove the coverings and apply two coats of your choice of paint using a paintbrush.

The type of paint can vary depending on what you are painting.

Allow a day or two for drying and you can fully enjoy your newly painted house exterior!

What’s Next On Your List?

You have the painting supplies out already, so will you paint another part of your home? There’s plenty to choose from.

What will you be painting next? Let us know in the comments below!

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