Big or small, a house is a place of solace. A place to paint your ideas. But ideas if not backed with proper attention may land you and the house into a jiffy. External painting is one aspect. External painting is not all about just looks. It is also about treatment and treating with paints too. From weather to dust to surface types to décor, external painting is an entirely different ball game.
Since, the weather is a big factor that needs to be considered from the terrace to walls, external painting expenditure generally goes upwards. Another challenge is to have a desired look of the exterior along with all kinds of treatments which again, increase the budget. From the creativity factor to budget limits, people usually plunge into doing external Painting, especially in a small house. The margin of error is limited here. Few professional tips on the external painting will surely provide the results that you desire for. Let’s get started.
1. Paints and your Surfaces:
First things first. A good painting results from a good surface. So, do not be in a hurry to paint before you fix your surface. During redefining the home’s style, it is always advisable to consult an expert before any DIY painter paints anything. Also, the DIY painter needs to consider careful inspection before starting exterior painting work.
From a thorough visual inspection for detecting cracks, dents, damages, chipped flakes, seepages, and holes to opting the best weather-proof paint will prove to be a better combination in the long run. Go for an expert’s advice if any serious treatment is needed or not. This inspection will help you calculate the amount of paint needed, dimensions to be covered and types of paint needed.
2. What protective qualities your paint has to contain:
Color selection is usually a step that attracts many DIY painters to jump into. They must realize that that’s not sufficient. Selecting the proper quality of paints is more crucial. The qualities to look for while selecting a paint are:
- Active guard technology from harsh/extreme weather conditions
- Crack proof technology + protection gear from blistering and peeling
- Temperature resistance or sun proof technology
- Dirt pick up resistance
- Sheen finish
- Environment friendly or not
- Damp-proof or water-resistant.
3. Opting the best combination
Usually, a person opts to become a DIY painter when either the budget is constrained, or the creative river is high, and sometimes even both. For those DIY painters for whom the budget is limited, the selection of paint is a matter of concern. A high-quality paint means you will have to paint only once or twice in a 5 to 7 years span. The color and paint technology has advanced much in the past few years.
New paints come with a mix of primer and paint whose protective technologies have increased to new heights. But these combinations can be a costly affair for such DIY painters. As such, buy paint and primer differently. Secondly, buy paints and emulsified paints too which comes with all of the above mentioned technologies. A DIY painter can always be a good decision maker by considering these factors in mind.
4. Choosing Paint shades
There are many paint shades. Choosing the best color for the exterior is the next step you have to look upon. Color makes a place more attractive, boosts your emotions and energy. Being wise in choosing it may give you immense pleasure by looking at your house every single day. Considering mother nature while a color selection is the best of your choice.
- Bright blue
- Dark green and white splash
- Light orange, brown, off white, butter or pastel yellow and black
- Light green, mustard yellow and white
- Simply indigo and white
- Grey, mint green and white
- Red and light yellow
- Behr’s Oslo blue (grayish blue)
- Lime or apple green tint
- Grape color
- Pumpkin pie or Behr’s maple leaf
- Sunny yellow
- Navy blue and lime colors
- Olive green and mint leaf color
5. Different textures to suit surroundings
Choosing texture has more importance in the Exterior painting than that meets one’s eyes. A DIY painter can select textures of stone, sand, and brick style. They are a marvellous option if you have a garden in front, or a lamppost, postcard stand, or even a small gate with high walls aside.
Make sure to have a complimentary match of wall balcony color with your hanging garden. Just grab some kinds of stuff like ropes, dried roots, leaves, plastics, or cloth piece. Pick one among these, wrap it up over your roller to get a real effect of nature right on your wall. Test on one side of the wall before covering all the places. The best choice is to go with different colors for different contours.