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Fall is a great time to paint the exterior of your house because…

Have you put off painting the exterior of your home this summer? That’s OK. Early fall, not summer, is actually the best time to paint or stain the outside of your house. “A hot sunny summer day is not the ideal time for an exterior paint or stain job,” says Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint. “What the majority of Canadians don’t realize is that weather conditions can make or break a paint project and affect the longevity of a job.”

If it’s too hot outside, the coating will dry too quickly, leaving behind brush marks, causing blisters and preventing the paint or stain from properly adhering to the surface. The perfect time to paint is when the weather has been dry for at least two days and daytime temperatures are between 10C and 25C. Humidity should be low or moderate, and there should be no fog, drizzle, dew or gusty winds.

To guard against potential nighttime temperature drops, complete your painting by mid-afternoon to allow the paint time to dry so as to reduce the chance of condensation. When starting to paint early in the morning make sure to wipe all surfaces with a rag or towel immediately before painting to remove any moisture

“The combination of the muted classics with bolder accent colours works particularly well on the outside of a house and does wonders to enhance a property’s curb appeal,” Tustin-Fuchs said.

Stop by OTD to select the colour that is right for your house.

Exterior Paint Advice on Previously Painted Surfaces

If your exterior walls have been painted then they will need to be maintained. Exterior paint requires proper planning and thought before you start to ensure that you have all the necessary tools and equipment before you start. A high level of surface preparation is essential if the job is going to look good and last a long time.

If the surface is very bad then it may be necessary to wash some of it down first with a detergent solution to remove dirt, grease etc. Obviously this is not an easy thing to do on the outside of a house, but it will help give the best results. Rinse off with clean water and allow too dry.

Carefully scrape back to a firm edge all areas of poorly adhering or defective exterior paint coatings and rub down thoroughly to “key and feather” broken edges of existing coatings. Don’t use a wire brush as bits of the wire may break off embedding themselves in the surface, which may rust when the water-based paint is applied. Treat any areas affected by mould, lichens, algae and moss with Fungicidal Wash. Make good minor defects with an appropriate filler.

Exterior Paint Advice on New Surfaces

If your walls have never been painted then you need to think very carefully about what you are doing if you decide to paint them. Once painted they must be maintained and it is very expensive and difficult to go back if you change your mind. Professional blast cleaning is the only way to do it. Also, a lot of bricks can’t be painted such as Fletton or Common Bricks. Always seek professional advice if in doubt.

New or sound bare surfaces should be sealed with a Dulux Primer exterior paint first (smooth or textured) to ensure good adhesion of the finishing coat(s). Surfaces that remain powdery, friable or chalky after thorough preparation should also be sealed with a coat of Dulux Primer.

Stripping Wood:

There is no need to strip existing paint coatings unless they are in a very bad state. It is always better to continue painting and build up the surface than to start again from bare wood. If you do have to strip down to bare wood, using a paint stripper will help make the job easier.