Painting the outside of your home is a significant undertaking – especially if you have decided to take the DIY route. Before you start exterior painting, take the time to consider the following four crucial things.
1. You can’t paint over dirty or blistered paint
Proper surface preparation is the key to a successful, long-lasting paint job. If you try to paint directly over dirty, peeling, blistered, or water-damaged paint, you’ll end up making even more of a mess.
Instead, you’ll need to take the time to clean your exterior, remove any peeling paint, fill in any imperfections with putty or caulk, and give any glossy areas a light sanding. If you come across any water damage, you’ll need to repair the leak at its source and give the area enough time to dry out completely.
2. Pick the right colour palette
Colour has a huge impact on the look and feel of your home. Selecting the right colours will boost curb appeal and ensure your home remains fresh and modern for years to come. The thing is, curating a colour palette is much easier said than done.
First, consider the colours already present in your home. Take into account architectural elements like your roof, any fencing, pathways, and wooden details. Then, think about your environment. Do you live by the beach? Or are you closer to Brisbane city?
These details – as well as your personal taste – will impact your home’s colour palette. To ensure you get it right, we suggest working with a professional colour consultant, a service that all of our customers can access for free.
3. Don’t forget about primer
Even if you’re tempted by the potential time- and money-saving benefits, do not skip primer. Primer ensures paint adheres to the surface and helps prevent peeling and blistering further down the track. What’s more, a quality primer allows the paint colour you choose to show up as true as possible with the least number of coats.
4. Don’t ignore the weather
When exterior painting, Brisbane locals are extremely lucky. It’s warm and sunny most of the year, giving you plenty of opportunity to complete a large-scale painting job.
We do, however, experience incredible rainfall. Avoid painting when rain is forecast, and give your home ample time to dry out after rainfall, before commencing work.
Leave it to the professionals
What might seem like a quick and easy weekend job can soon spiral into an expensive DIY fail. Don’t leave it up to chance – after all, it’s your home on the line. Leave it up to the professionals and rest easy knowing your property is in safe and capable hands. Contact our friendly team on 07 3829 5735 or fill out the form on this page, and we’ll get back to you shortly.