Painting Exterior Surfaces

To avoid extra work when doing exterior painting, it is wise to have a good plan of attack.  Important considerations should be the sequence and procedures you follow in applying your paint.  Here are some guidelines:

  • As a general rule, work from the top down so that you don't drip onto areas that have already been repainted.
  • Start by painting fascia boards, gutters and eaves; then tackle the walls; next, paint your downspouts; finish the job by painting windows, doors and trim.
  • When painting lap siding, work horizontally by applying paint all the way across several boards (stopping in the middle of a board can cause an unsightly "lapping" effect, which may show up immediately, or after a year or two of weathering).  Likewise, on vertical siding - grooved plywood or board-and-batten, for example - complete one vertical section at a time, then move on to the next section.
  • Regardless of the surface you are painting, don't stop painting until you reach a visual breakpoint.