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Home Siding 101: 3 Basic Painting Tips For Professional Results

by Toni Richards

Is the exterior of your home looking a little dated? If so, a great way to liven it up is a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint can breathe life into dull and dingy siding without breaking the bank. While you could hire a professional to paint your siding, it's also a job that can easily be done yourself. All you need is the proper tips, some time, and hard work for your paint job to look stellar.

So how do you get professional looking results when painting your siding? Here are three basic tips:

1. Start With a Clean Slate

Perhaps the most important tip for painting your siding is to start with a clean slate. This means that you should thoroughly clean your siding before you begin applying any paint or primer. You can achieve this by using a pressure washer – just make sure you use it on a low setting to prevent damaging your siding. If you don't have a pressure washer (and you don't want to rent one) consider using a scrub brush and water. Once all the chipped paint, dirt, and debris is removed, you can begin to paint.

2. Hide Nails

Another helpful tip is to hide all the nails in your siding. While hiding the nails certainly isn't necessary, it will help you achieve a more professional and polished look. All you need to do is hammer the nails into the siding. Once nailed into the siding, apply some putty. Although a simple tip, this will ensure that your paint goes on smoothly. It will also give your finished paint job a better appearance. So definitely consider hiding the nails in your home's exterior before painting.

3. Be Mindful of the Sun

If you are like most people, you probably think it's better to apply paint during a bright and sunny day. While you certainly do want to apply paint on a dry day, it doesn't need to be sunny. In fact, it's better apply paint during an overcast day. Although it might sound odd, applying paint on a cloudy day is better because it won't cause the paint to dry faster than normal. This will give the paint time to settle and dry powerlessly, which will ensure that your finished paint job doesn't have any blisters or bubbles. If you can't wait for an overcast day to paint, just make sure you start painting on the shaded side of your home. Follow the shade as you paint to ensure better coverage and proper dry times.

While painting your homes siding yourself is a great DIY project, it can be a little difficult to achieve good results. Luckily, you can ensure your paint job looks professional by following these three tips. If you do not want to paint your home yourself, hire a professional. If it turns out that your siding is in bad condition, a siding contractor can help by applying new siding – which will give your home a professional and polished appearance, as well.