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Painting Your Home – Getting Ready For the Oohs and Ahhs

May 3, 2012

Now that the weather is getting warmer, a lot of you will need to spiff up the outside of your house. Check out the trim around your doors, windows, roof, and porch.

In order for the trim outside your house to withstand all temperatures and weather elements, the key is to prepare it properly. It’s a lot like a baby, you need to treat it with care by scraping off the old “stuff” and prepare it with a layer of primer (no -not baby powder) and then put on the new coating (paint in this case). Then it will be ready for the world to admire with all the oohs and ahhs.

What I am really saying is that you need to repair, scrape, sand, clean, wipe down, and apply your primer. Then, you are ready to paint. You need to paint within three days. Trim paint can be matched to the paint color on the rest of the house so you have a nice even color flow.

Below are some tips on the different areas of trim that you will be painting:

  1. Paint soffits and fascia first; this keeps paint from dripping on work you may have done to the siding or other areas. Paint the overhang (soffit) and then work your way onto the edges facing the soffit. Paint the brackets (corbels) after you have painted the panels (in other words, last). Paint the cornice molding as you go along so you don’t have to go back later and do it. Move in a smooth line.
  2. Paint the gutters with a metal primer that includes a rust inhibitor. These come in a variety of colors also.
  3. After painting your walls or siding and trim, you can prime and paint your foundation. Use the same color as your siding or choose a complimentary color. Paint the areas around the windows and doors first with a sash brush and then paint the border areas with a larger brush working the paint into the mortar lines.
  4. Don’t forget the metal railing. Scrape off the peeling paint and rust. Using a stiff, wire metal brush, scrape off peeling and flaking paint. Brush off all the residue. Finish with a dry cloth to remove any debris. Next follow up with primer with enamel paint with rust busting capabilities. If you get it in a spray can make sure you cover the surface below and against the walls in case there is overspray.
  5. When painting the jambs, casings and trim next to the siding be sure to use painters tape to mask it off to keep drips and spills from hitting the siding. Mask the floors underneath the doors and wedge the doors and windows open. Paint the jamb after the window is dry. Paint the casing while the jambs are wet but wait to paint the threshold until after the jambs and casings have dried. (Whew – that’s always a lot to remember).
  6. Prime and paint wooden steps and porch floors after everything else has been painted. Remember to use enamel floor paint – one that withstands high volume foot traffic. I know that you already know to start at the top and work your way down the steps (right?).

Now your house is ready for the oohs and ahhs it so well deserves.

Here’s to women getting it done,

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

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