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Thoughts, Tips & Tricks from Accent Painting

Painting your Exterior this summer?

by AccentPainting on June 6th, 2012

Heres how!

If painting the whole house, start with the fascia board and under the eaves, followed by the gutters. The walls come next, then the windows, sills and doors and finally the downpipes. In this way, any paint that is dripped onto a wall under a fascia or gutter will be covered up when you come to paint the wall.
Use a roller, if possible, on flat surfaces as paint will go on much faster this way than with a brush. Paint pads, especially 100mm or 180mm sizes, are an excellent alternative to brushes and rollers on smooth exterior cladding and weatherboards. After coating about one square metre, even out the paint by lightly rolling across the surface with an almost dry roller. Always work from the unpainted area back into the painted area, maintaining a wet edge to avoid lap marks. Be sure to prime any new or exposed metal on gutters and downpipes before painting. For windows, start by cutting in around the glass with a small sash brush, then use a larger brush for the surrounding frame. Use masking tape along the glass edge to give a clean finish. Doors are painted from the outside in, doing the moulding first. Paint the edges, then the face, returning to the edges to lightly feather off any surplus paint with the tip of the brush. You’ll probably be using an enamel here, so it’s better to remove the door completely and paint on trestles.

Always paint in the shade, never in the sun. Outside painting should only be done in temperatures between 10 and 40 degrees Celsius. In summer, the best way is to follow the sun around your home and paint only on the shady side. A hot sun will dry out the surface too quickly, which may cause the paint to wrinkle.

Here’s what happens when you paint in the extreme heat:


  • Primer or Undercoat
  • Paint in the finish and quantity to suit your job
  • Paint brushes – a selection of wider and smaller brushes
  • Roller frame and roller tray to suit
  • Roller covers to suit roller frame and paint finish
  • Extension handle for roller frame � Exterior filler (such as Selleys Permafill for cracks and imperfections)
  • Flexible sealant (such as Selleys No More Gaps)
  • Filling blade (for applying filler)
  • Heat gun or chemical paint stripper (for removing old paint)
  • Sandpaper (for smoothing surfaces to be painted)
  • Drop cloths (to protect driveways, paths, etc)
  • Sugar soap, sponge and gloves (for washing down surfaces)
  • Stepladder
  • Flat paddle or ruler
  • Masking tape
  • Clean up rags for spills and drips
  • Turpentine (if using solvent-based paints)

Hopefully if you have an exterior painting project in mind for the sumer, you’ve got a bit of painting experience so this may be old news to you. However, it never hurts to have a helpful reminder and a handy checklist!

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