When it comes to projects involving our home, we often find we have a
lot of questions. That’s not really a surprise. People have had
questions about how to do things around their house probably for just
about as long as they’ve had them. There are many different subjects we
have questions about, and exterior painting is
definitely one of those topics. Usually when people take on home
painting projects, it’s more likely to be inside for aesthetic appeal;
or for other reasons, but still inside the home.
Exterior painting is a completely different thing. There’s
much more to account for outside, like the temperature you can’t
personally control and the effects of the sun on your paint. It can be
much more challenging than interior painting. Difficulties, as always,
lead to questions, which takes us back to the main point that there are a
lot of questions homeowners have about painting the exterior of their
Luckily we live in a time where most information is easily
and readily available. All of your questions can be answered with just a
few taps of your fingers or words spoken in to your phone. So that’s
why we’re here, to gather a few of the more frequently asked questions
all in one place, and to give you an answer that’s simple and easy to
understand. If we don’t cover something you want to know, feel free to
contact us and we will do what we can to help you figure it out.
The questions are bigger, so you could ideally skip the rest
and go right to the specific question you have in mind. But it also
might be beneficial (if you’ve never done this before or are just
curious) for you to read the whole piece. It could give you a firmer
sense of what you’re doing or reinforce something that you already knew.
Either way, hopefully you’ll find some information here that can help
Should I DIY or hire a professional?
Exterior house painting is something that you can do
yourself for sure, but be sure to think about it before you commit.
It’s a big job to paint an entire house, it requires ladder usage for
heights and it can be a lot of work. Another thing to consider is the
time commitment. So when you decide to hire professionals it means your exterior painting will be done quickly and to high standards of quality. It means someone
who is insured for it is climbing up on the ladder and that they have
the experience and knowledge to know that they’re providing the best
If you decide to do it yourself, it’s doable. It’s
definitely a project that you can take pride in when it’s finished; you
can do it on your own time and to your own specifications. However, if
you go this route, you might want to do some research before you get
What questions should I ask when hiring someone to paint my exterior?
Finding professionals to trust with the exterior of your
home can be a process that makes any homeowner nervous, especially if
you’ve never done it before. Look to friends and family, and online for
reviews and suggestions. Find a company that is reputable and has been
around for a while. If they’re established you know they aren’t going to
disappear with your money and you can also pretty easily find pictures
of their work and whether or not they have satisfied customers. Get
bids from three companies to compare and talk to the companies. Ask them
what their work entails, how many people they’ll have working and any
other questions you have.
Be sure to ask if they are licensed and if they have
insurance. Be sure to get everything in writing and to find out if they
offer any sort of guarantees.
If I’m going DIY, what do I need to know?
If you’re going to do your exterior painting project
yourself, take a deep breathe before you get started. Remove everything
you can and label it so you know where it goes back to. Clean the house
and fix anything that needs to be repaired before you paint. Properly
prep your area, it makes a big difference.
After all of that you can finally paint. Paint you exterior
in this order: the gables, main siding, and windows. Then siding trim
and the doors last. Paint from the top to the bottom, from left to
right. Then you can put everything back and do any necessary touch ups.
After you clean up, you’re done. It’s a lot shorter of a process in
writing. Also make sure you’re careful on your ladder.
How do I properly prepare my exterior for painting?
The preparation process for exterior painting is the same as it is for interior painting. And it’s just as important
as any other painting job that you do. No matter how well the paint is
applied, if you have a bad prep job done beforehand, that paint isn’t
going to last very long. The preparation process must be attentively
done. If you hire professionals they should know what they’re doing, but
don’t be afraid to ask. If you’re doing it yourself, make sure you’re
doing it right.
Wash all areas of the home that will be painted. Remove
dirt, loose flakey paint and everything else that will come off. Any
damages need to be fixed, that means filling chips and scratches, and
caulking. This includes window and door frames. Make sure you’ve got a
smooth surface; scrape off old paint and sand all over. Apply a good
primer to seal and protect, and then you’re golden and prepared to start
What’s the best temperature to paint outside in?
The best temperature to paint outside in really depends on
where you live. But there is always one constant and that is that you
paint the shady sides first and avoid painting in direct sunlight. You
should sort of just follow behind it around the house, avoiding heated
areas. In addition, paint is best applied when there has been little
rain and low humidity. Never paint a surface if it’s not dry. Painting
can be done with levels of humidity at 70%, but it is recommended that
the range of humidity be between 40% to 50%.
If the temperature is too high or too low, the paint won’t
properly adhere to the siding but most painting labels will show a
minimum and maximum temperature for exterior painting. If you live in
Florida, the best time to paint your home’s exterior is in the dry
season. This is due to the pleasant temperature, lower humidity and the
much lower chance of rain. However, we are still able to paint
year-round in the other conditions.
What do I do if I have more questions?
This question is just to underscores something we said
earlier. If you have more questions that weren’t answered here or that
you can’t find the answer to elsewhere – contact us. Any professional exterior painters should be able to honestly answer any questions that you might have on
the subject. Additionally, ask every question that you have and don’t be
nervous to do so. It’s what we do for a living and chances are we’ve
answered the question a million other times before. And if we haven’t,
you’ll certainly give us something to think about.
If you are looking for a Naples, FL exterior painting company or just want to learn more about exterior painting, then give
us a call. We’re ready to answer all of your questions. You can contact us here or you can call us directly at 239.963.7937