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How-To: Paint Your Home's Exterior

How-To: Paint Your Home's Exterior

I recently showed you how to prep your home's exterior for painting. Now it's time to bring out the brushes and the paint! Don't be daunted; it doesn't take much more skill than that required to paint a room in your home, just more time. First step, use a six-pack of cold beer to solicit some friends or family members to help you out! To learn the steps,


  1. First off, stir your paint well and continue to do so throughout the day to keep it mixed.
  2. Begin by painting the gables (the portion of walls between the lines of sloping roofs), then move on to the main siding, always painting from top down.
  3. Dip your bristle brush into the can of paint no more than half the length of the brush. Then wipe any drips from the underside off onto the rip of the can.
  4. Before beginning to paint the whole surface of the siding, paint a two or three inch border next to the trim, as well as under the edge of the clapboards.
  5. Now, paint the main surface of the siding. Remember to always paint in the direction of the woodgrain.
  6. When you begin to paint an unpainted area, use a full brush and paint toward the painted areas.
  7. Once the siding is dry, paint the windows, siding trim, and doors, in that order.
  8. Painting the exterior of your home will take a few days, but clean your brushes (soap and water for latex, paint thinner for oil-based) at the end of each day, or freeze 'em.
  9. Keep at it 'til you've finished and then reward yourself when you have!
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