Three Tips for Exterior Painting Success

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By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher Prince William Living

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Spring is the perfect time to tackle some of the outdoor projects on your to-do list, such as exterior painting. To achieve a successful outcome, here are three tips that you should keep in mind.


Before you begin your exterior painting project, it’s important to consider the weather. Don’t start painting if it has rained in the past few days, or if the humidity and temperature are too high. Ideally, your home should be dry for two to three days, with average spring temperatures and humidity, to ensure proper adhesion and a long-lasting finish.

Paint Quality

Using high-quality paint is essential for the success of any painting project. While it may be tempting to opt for a cheaper, lower-quality paint, this can lead to frustration, additional coats, and a shorter lifespan for your painted surfaces. Investing in high-quality paint will make your painting job easier and ensure that your home looks beautiful for years to come.

Spot Priming

Instead of priming your entire home, consider spot priming only the areas with bare wood or other exposed surfaces. This can help ensure the best possible outcome and prevent premature paint failure in these areas. Make sure to use a quality primer on these spots before applying paint.

By keeping these three tips in mind, you can avoid common painting pitfalls and achieve a professional-looking result. With proper planning and attention to detail, your exterior painting project can be a success, adding value and beauty to your home.

Rebecca Barnes is the Publisher of Prince William Living magazine and Brides & Weddings magazine. She is a lifelong resident of Prince William County and a volunteer with OWL VFD. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being a Grandma, visiting Walt Disney World, blogging at Sightseeing Sidekick, reading, and sleeping.



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