How To Paint Exterior With Pneumatic Sprayguns

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When it comes to painting your home, you are going to get more value out of your project if you paint the exterior yourself. However, exterior paint jobs are always more complicated and more expensive than interior paint jobs. This is partly because the texture on exterior surfaces is usually rougher, you have to fight the weather, and you have a larger surface area to cover. This means you need to use more paint.

The Pitfalls of Exterior Painting

The weather can actually affect your paint job, particularly when it comes to the drying time in moist climates. This can be a problem if one section of your wall dries much quicker than another. Ultimately, your paint finish could look uneven if you paint on days where the moisture content of the air is different. Finally, there are more areas that are difficult to reach when painting exteriors. Basically, everything about the job is going to be a little more difficult. But, you can make your paint job a little less difficult by using a pneumatic spray gun.

Protecting Against Overspray

Perhaps the most important thing to do when painting exterior surfaces is prep. Preparing your walls and the surrounding area for the eventual spraying can take longer than actually painting. First of all, you need to be prepared for all of the overspray when using a spray gun. This means you need to do extensive masking off using large sheets of painters paper or cloth. If you try and skim on the masking off, you will end up with a lot more cleaning to do when all the painting is done. Furthermore, you could irreparably damage things. For instance, paint that falls on a flower bed that is not covered can kill the flowers.

Paint Your Walls First, Before the Trim

The job is almost always easier if you paint the walls first. This is definitely true if you are going to paint your trim a color that is darker than the wall color. If some of the lighter paint gets onto your trim, you don't really need to worry about it because the darker trim paint will easily cover it up.

Exterior paint jobs are little more strenuous, but they are still very manageable, especially if you have a few people helping on the project. The prep work might take a couple of days, but it will result in a better-looking paint job. For more information, contact a business such as Dwell House.  

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