Exterior Painting: How do I Paint the Outside of my House? – Pt. 2

In part one of our blog about how to paint the outside of your home we discussed how to prepare all the exterior surfaces for painting. In this edition we will be discussing the proper paint to select when painting your home. The type of paint you will select will depend heavily on the environmental conditions where you live and the materials that your home is constructed with. We will give you two different options that should help you determine which is best for you. The first is designed for high moisture environments such as near the beach or Lake and the other for hot dry climates.

Moist Environments

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We would strongly recommend a top-quality semi-gloss enamel for doors, door casings, painted windows and shutters. The paint you choose for fascia boards, eves, and other trim should generally be a satin sheen product. Stucco surfaces look best and perform well with flat paint on them.

  • Doors: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Door casings: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Painted windows and shutters: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Fascia boards and Eves: Satin Sheen
  • Trim: Satin Sheen
  • Stucco: Flat

Dry Arid Environments

Oak View Siding Refinish 2 Heat and sun are the real issue in this environment. In this case color retention and resistance to extreme changes in the temperature are the critical component of selecting the right paint. We still recommend a quality semi-gloss enamel for doors, door casings, and painted windows. However, on facia boards, eves, and other trim we recommend a high-quality solid body stain. Once again quality flat paint is the best choice for stucco. In hot climates you may want to wet the stucco with a water hose to cool it down and moisten it, this will slow paint absorption during application.

  • Doors: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Door casings: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Painted windows and shutters: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Fascia boards and Eves: Solid body stain
  • Trim: Solid body stain
  • Stucco: Flat

Wrap up

The most important consideration is the quality of the products you select. Every paint company offers their top of the line products and their “contractor” grade paints. Stick with the best products your favorite company offers.

Materials and Tools

  • Plastic
  • Tape
  • Masking paper
  • Drop cloths
  • Roller covers
  • Roller frames
  • Extension poles for the roller frames
  • Brushes
  • Buckets
  • Roller grids for the buckets