Painting the exterior of a house requires a different set of procedures than painting the inside. Paint the exterior of a house with help from a world-class craftsman in this free video clip.
Hello, I'm Norman Clarke with Norman Clarke Painting. Today, I'm going to show you the correct way to paint an exterior wall. The tools that we will need today will be a drop cloth, a five-in-one painter's knife, a bucket for paint, a small roller, and a small two and a half inch brush, and maybe a caulking gun if we find any cracks. And also, a roll of blue masking tape, okay? As the first thing we're going to do, is to put our drop cloth down to protect this beautiful brickwork that the homeowner has. Once this is covered, then we also want to protect this beautiful French door and the French door molding. So, we'll take our masking tape, nice two inch blue. Blue, by the way, is very low-stick, so it protects delicate items like woodwork. And, we stretch the tape out, carefully putting it over the wood. Also, we see a piece of brick down here, we want to cover that as well. Our area is now ready to paint. So, we'll take our brush and bucket, okay? Also, you might want to find yourself an old painter's brush, which is trash, but it makes a good dusting to clear any dirt and debris. You find most painter will have some kind of an old brush. Just clean off the area before you paint. We dab our brush so we have paint on our brush. And now, we're ready to paint. So, we're going to cut in the wall first, and then we'll roll the wall out with this roller. This is only a small area, so we're doing a small touch up, so we don't need a huge roller. For a larger area, obviously, you will need a larger roller. First of all, I'm going to cut in the woodwork very carefully with the paintbrush. This will give us a nice straight line with which to work with. There you go. And, again, with the roller, once we're loaded with paint, we want to have enough paint there is actually paint on the roller, but you don't want it dripping off. So, we're going to roll it in a diagonal way, like this. And then, we'll roll it this way, just to spread the paint out. And then, we'll do our final roll. So, here we go. And again, going the other direction, that spreads our paint out nicely. And then, we'll lay off upside, like this. Some tips I'd like to give you. I think the first tip to remember when you're painting an exterior, especially exterior of your home, is safety. If you have a house that's maybe above a store, you might want to consider hiring a professional. But, ladder safety is the number one cause of accidents with painters. So, please, whenever you use a ladder, please observe all safety regulations concerning that piece of equipment. Another thing regarding painting exteriors: You might want to consider how the sun moves. So, if, for instance, in the morning the sun is on one section of the house, but not on the other, but in the afternoon the sun is actually on the other side and not in the front, for instance, think about doing the other side first, where the sun is, and then doing the area that has the sun in the morning, in the afternoon. That way, you don't make it such an ordeal to do it by yourself. Thank you. This is Norman Clarke with Norman Clarke Painting, showing you the correct way to paint an exterior wall of your house.