DIY Homes: How to Paint the Outside of Your Home

Are you going to give your home a fresh, updated look using exterior paint? Great! Here’s what you need to do to make it look as though the professionals have been let loose on it…


  • Pressure washer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paint brush
  • Tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Ladders
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Filler
  • Sanding block
  • Caulk trim
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Exterior paint

Step 1: Decide when you’re going to paint
Painting the exterior of a home can take several days so make sure you have good weather to complete the work.

Step 2: Pick your paint
Choose your favourite colour of paint (taking into account any design restrictions for your area and what you and your neighbours will like in all weathers and light levels). Check out RawlinsPaints for high-quality, industrial standard colours: you don’t want to scupper your hard work by using an unsuitable brand! Just remember that the colour will look different depending on which way the wall is facing.

Step 3: Wash the walls
Now you need to start your preparation. Use a pressure washer to clean the walls so that you have a surface which is ready to paint on. Work your way from the top to the bottom, overlapping each stroke a little to make sure you’ve not missed a spot. Be gentle: pressure washers can be powerful.

Step 4: Remove peeling paint
You’ll need to remove any chipped or loose paint so that it doesn’t get mixed into your fresh paint. Use a sanding block or a paint scraper to buff it off, dust it down, and leave a smooth surface for when you begin painting.

Step 5: Repair damage
You might have damage to your woodwork, in which case it's worth sorting at this stage. Repair damage using a filler and sand it back (remembering to wipe off the dust) when it’s dry.

Step 6: Caulk trim
Now fill any gaps you’ve found, and trim around doors and windows using caulk. Add it along any surface where different materials meet, such as wood and brick. Some caulk fillers take as little as 20 minutes to dry, but others take a couple of hours, so err on the side of caution and leave it a while.

Step 7: Apply a stain primer
You might have stains on the outside of your house, so cover them with primer. This will stop the stains showing through the new paintwork.

Step 8: Cover doors, windows and lights using plastic sheeting
Now use the plastic sheeting to cover up areas you don’t want to get splashes on such as doors, windows and lights. It’s worth covering the ground beneath your feet too, or your grass, walkways and fencing could get a little messy!

Step 9: Start painting
If you’re painting a lighter colour over a darker colour, you need to apply a coat of primer first, or a base colour to stop the darker colour showing through. Now load your paint into a paint sprayer. Work your way from top to bottom in a controlled, gentle manner, overlapping each stroke by eight inches. You can use a brush if you prefer, but it might take longer!
Step 10: Finish by painting your doors and trims
Remove the plastic sheeting you applied to protect surfaces, and use a paint brush to apply fresh colour to the doors, window panes and trims.

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