This July at HomCo, we will be focusing on paint and how to do it right. Summertime is a good time to start painting in and around your home.

Let’s start off by discussing some tips and tricks about exterior paint and painting the outside of your house. 

WATCH THE WEATHER

before you paint your house

If you are going to paint the exterior of your house, you should start now before monsoon season hits or you will have to wait until the end of this season. According to gardeninflagstaff.org, the monsoons can start as soon as June 30th and end as late as September 24th. Weather watching is a key tip to watch when you are going to paint the exterior of your house. If the weather is too hot or too cold in Flagstaff, it can make caulks and paint cure more slowly- or not at all. Rain can shut down an exterior paint job and humidity can slow down the cure time, so be aware of what the weather is doing when considering painting your exterior.

Make sure you read the paint labels for curing temperatures to be sure you will not have any trouble. Additionally, when you are painting, you may want to take into consideration the sun pattern. You should be aware of which part of the house gets more sun because when painting the section that gets more sun, it could become dry before the paint is fully cured. You also do not want to be painting the exterior in the direct sun for your safety and health. Furthermore, consider the wind because it can make it very difficult to paint especially if you are spraying your house. Visit the following link for more information: https://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/10-simple-steps-exterior-paint-prep/.


START WITH A PLAN

before you pick up a paint brush

HomCo’s Paint Experts can help you prepare for your exterior paint project.

One of the biggest secrets to a great exterior paint job for your house is having a plan and doing all the hard work before a brush ever hits the building. Exterior paint preparation can be very daunting task and you may not know where to begin. Approach this project like a professional and walk around the house, look at the siding, the roof, the windows, the trim, and take notes of what needs to be done. When you walk around the house, identify what parts of the project can be broken into sections and what parts may cause you problems. Approach it with your eyes open and this will make it easier to handle this difficult project.

Knowledge and preparation is the key when it comes to painting. We recommend that you come down to HomCo and talk to one of our paint associates about the tips and tricks to exterior painting. Not only do our Paint Center associates have a wide range of product knowledge, but they will give you the best advice and personalized customer service. Here at HomCo, Mike Lurkins is the Paint Department Lead. Mike has owned and operated a painting business in Green Valley for twenty-two years, so when it comes to painting, Mike knows all the tricks of the trade. The other full-time associate for our paint department is Ryan Bishop, an art graduate from Northern Arizona University, who is a great source for picking and matching paint color.

Painting the exterior of a house or building with a poorly prepped surface will only result in disappointment. Putting effort into prepping painted surfaces will pay back in the long run.

If you are working on a new or unpainted surface, Mike suggests that you give a quick prep with the steps below:

  1. Caulk seams and cracks to help keep out moisture and bugs. Wipe excess acrylic caulk and shape it with a moist rag as you apply it. Caulk needs to set for at least a couple of hours before you can paint over them. Make sure you read the caulk or filler labels before you paint for proper application.
  2. Make sure you have the right ladder or scaffold setup for what you are doing before you start.
  3. Tape and remove any obstacles. This includes exterior outlet boxes, utility heads, hose bibs and racks. You can either tape around them or remove these completely. Doing this before allows you to maintain your momentum when you are putting the paint on the house.
  4. Rent or buy a sprayer to paint because it is so much easier.
  5. Pick your color and then start painting. Mike recommends Evershield from Dunn-Edwards. See the details below about this brand.

Now, if you are repainting or painting over a previously painted surface you will need to do a little more preparation work. Painting over flaking paint or a dirty blemish surface will only cause the new paint to flake off and leave you disappointed. Removing these blemishes is a tedious and tiring process but is a very necessary part of the process to ensure the project looks fantastic and costs less.

Here are some steps Mike recommends for preparing the exterior for repainting:

  1. Scrape all problem areas to make sure the old paint is loosened. Keep your paint scraper sharp and follow the grain of the wood with long strokes.
  2. If nails are sticking up, pound the nails back in. If the nail will not stay, pull it out and drive a new galvanized nail in.
  3. You need to feather and smooth the edge of your scraped areas with a power sander to get rid of sharp edges. These ridges can break finished painted surfaces later, allowing moisture to get behind the paint. Please note that when working a power sander, you need to use proper respiration and dust control techniques.
  4. Repair any damaged areas that you notice. When removing the loose paint from your home, you may find areas that have become damaged by weather wear and tear from animals or insects. Regardless of the cause, this is the time to fix the areas and prevent it from happening again.
  5. If you must repair an area, make sure to prime these areas good before painting as an extra precaution.
  6. Fill large gouges with caulk or filler before you start painting. You may need to prime blemishes deeper that ½ inch to protect it from moisture.
  7. Caulk seams and cracks to help keep out moisture and bugs. Wipe excess acrylic caulk and shape it with a moist rag as you apply it. The caulk needs to set for at least a couple of hours before you can paint over them. Make sure you read the caulk or filler labels before you paint for proper application.
  8. Make sure you have the right ladder or scaffold setup for what you are doing before you start.
  9. Tape and remove any obstacles. This list includes exterior outlet boxes, utility heads, hose bibs and racks. You can either tape around them or remove these completely. Doing this before allows you to maintain your momentum when you are putting the paint on the house.
  10. Rent or buy a sprayer to paint because it so much easier.
  11. Pick the color and start painting. We recommend Evershield from Dunn Edwards to paint the exterior because it is durable and will protect your biggest investment, your house.

CHOOSE THE PAINT COLOR

for your home’s exterior

Ryan states, “If you are going to paint the exterior of your home, do not be afraid to take a little time with the color decision. Before you go into full exterior paint prep mode, you should pick out your color of choice and put a swatch of in on the surface you want to paint so you can see it in all phases of light during a day. Just remember that yellow and red fade the fastest.”

Below are a couple of videos that are good resources for when you are trying to decide on an exterior color:


CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAINT

for the job

With so many choices, shades and finishes out there, choosing the right paint can be a challenging process. HomCo’s Dunn-Edwards brand is top of the line quality paint and made to last. As the leading manufacturer of paint in the Southwestern United States since 1925 and top paint brand of choice for professionals, you can rest easy knowing that with Dunn-Edwards products, you’re in good hands. Do not stress because HomCo’s one-of-a-kind paint center will help you through the process and is your one-stop shop to paint your house.


HomCo’s Recommendation for Exterior Paint

EVERSHIELD® is a complete line of ultra-premium exterior, ultra-low VOC, 100% acrylic paint that provides maximum protection against UV color fade, mildew, efflorescence, water intrusion, and film failure (grain-cracking, peeling, blistering).

Advanced technology and premium ingredients provide unparalleled performance, durability, coverage, and adhesion. EVERSHIELD® can be used on properly prepared and primed masonry, concrete, tilt-up, block, stucco, plaster, wood, and exterior metal.

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