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Here are some tips to help with
the external painting of your home.

 

• Start painting on the shaded side of the house to avoid bubbling caused by direct sunlight. It’s also best to paint the walls and then the trim, doors and shutters.

• Lay plastic over any plants or objects that you do not want paint on. Lay tarps on the ground around the area you are painting. Large pieces of cardboard may work for covering patios and driveways.

• If your house is large and the day is not too windy, think about renting a paint sprayer - it’s much quicker and gives good coverage.    Use an even back and forth motion and be careful not to overspray in any one area or you’ll end up with drips.   Use a large piece of cardboard as your spray guard so you don’t get paint on windows or other places.   Stand back and inspect for any missed any spots. Once the wall is painted you can brush and roll the trim.

• If you can’t spray you’ll need to use a rollers.   Use deep pile rollers for stucco and low pile for smooth siding.    Look for rollers that spin smoothly.   You’ll regret buying a cheap roller that doesn’t spin freely and you’ll tire out fast. Buy roller extensions for the high spots and make sure you have a good ladder.   Paint the corners first with a brush and then roll each wall.   Work from the top down.

• Before painting make sure you have enough paint ‘boxed’ (that is, a number of cans mixed together to ensure colour consistency) to finish an entire section. Mix the paint thoroughly.   Always stir before and during use.

• Coat window sash and door panels first, then paint the window frames, sills and door trim.   Any paint on the putty line of the window will serve to protect the puttied surface from water.   You can overlap a little on to the glass and excess paint can be scraped off with a razor blade to create a clean edge.

• When loading your brush with paint, immerse the first third of the bristles into the paint and tap the brush lightly side-to-side against the inside of the can.   Don’t drag the bristles across the lip of the can because this robs your brush of half its paint carrying capacity.

• When applying with a brush, use long, smooth strokes.   Acrylics do not require much brushing.   They dry quickly and excessive brushing will cut brush marks permanently into the paint film.    When using acrylics, apply paint generously, give it one or two back strokes and leave it to dry.

• Paint will build up on the heel of the brush, where the bristles meet the ferrule.   To eliminate this excess, occasionally drag the heel of the brush over the lip of the can several times.

• When you take a break, wrap your brushes and rollers with plastic to keep paint from hardening or developing a skin.   Replace the lids on open cans.

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Special  Tips

• Use a vertical technique for shingled surfaces.   The shingles provide natural breaking points, so painting in vertical sections is convenient.

• On horizontal siding, work from side to side beginning at the top.   Minimize lapmarks by painting four to five boards across the house until completed.

• On weatherboard, the first surface to paint is the area where two boards overlap.  Use the narrow side of the brush and force paint up under the lap.  Coat as much length of board as you can comfortably reach, then flip to the wider portion of the brush and coat the surface of the board.

 

We recommend Paint Places Exterior Xtrashield paint which is manufactured by Wattyl Paints Australia.  It comes in several sheen levels and has a 10 year guarantee by Wattyl Australia.

To get a quality finish use a quality brush.  Rota Cota has a range of brushes and paint rollers to suit every need.

Of course Maleny Paint Place can supply all your painting needs.

 

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