A brush and a roller will only get you so far before the muscle ache starts. Those tools are great for indoor painting jobs and small tasks. Yet, it’s best to choose a different approach to color the exterior of your house. To spray paint won’t cost as much effort and time and in fact, you can give your walls a smooth and clean surface.
To DIY spray paint your house’s exterior, you must prepare well and organize your workflow before the painting starts. In this guide, you’ll find out what tools you may need, how to plan and start spraying, and why your work isn’t over when you’ve painted your walls.
Stay safe and know your mandatory equipment. Read the instructions of every tool you use. Make sure you have taken all the safety measures to avoid potential harm to your health and any damage to your property.
We asked the Fantastic Handyman Company for the list of all the tools and equipment that you need to carry out a DIY spray painting job:
Things to Consider Before Spraying
How to Spray Paint Your House Exterior
Before you start spray painting the outside of your home, make sure you’ve got the hang of it. If you lack any experience with a sprayer gun, try it out on a wooden plank or cardboard piece. Try to determine the amount of stain your tool disperses and how sensitive the trigger is.
Here are 5 easy steps on how to spray paint the exterior of your house:
- 1Mix your paint all together in an empty large bucket to make sure you use the same color during the whole process. Based on your dye and the exterior’s surface, choose the right spray tip. Narrow tips are perfect for small cavities, eaves, and frames. Select a wider end for your broad and even areas.
- 2Choose a flat area on the side of your property to practice with your DIY spray painting. Start from the highest point of your walls and follow the direction of your boards or bricks along their length. Paint until you reach the bottom of your wall and use the spray shield to protect your footings.
- 3Plan your work in different sections. Don’t rush, as they say, “great haste makes great waste”. Band the area that you will be spray painting and fill the rest in a smooth motion. 12 inches from the surface is the perfect distance to keep your spray tip while aiming for a 50% overlap with the previously painted layers.
- 4It’s necessary to use a ladder to spray the eaves of your house. A tip extension is a good choice when you have to reach higher spots. Even better, use the extension the whole time to make long strokes and avoid excess paint build up. Be extra careful when you climb the ladder.
- 5As a rule, spray paint your eaves and then the rest of your exterior walls. Steady work around your windows and doors, where you’ve masked off certain areas. Aim to spray at a 90-degree angle, so you could paint the cavities of your surface with ease. Get a paintbrush or a roller for touch-ups and detailed work.
Follow Up Your DIY Work
When you’re done spray painting, let your walls dry for a couple of days. Keep your masking tape on until all the dye has dried out. Get rid of any plastic or cloth coverings and gather all of your equipment.
Give your paint sprayer a good wash as dry paint could damage the tool. The instructions on how to clean it are usually written on the user’s manual. And before you place all of your furniture back in place, see if you’ve left any equipment behind.