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


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

Exterior Painting: How do I Paint the Outside of my House? - Pt. 1


Painting a home can be a large project to tackle. Maxson Painting is here to help, today we are going to cover the crucial first step of any painting project, preparation. The type and amount of preparation needed before beginning your exterior paint job varies according to architecture and the condition of the substrata (the surface that you will be covering). That said, here are some basic first steps to a great exterior painting project.

  • First pull back any dirt or plants from the base of the house to allow 2 to 3 inches for painting below ground level.
  • Next identify any areas of mildew and treat them with a one to one solution of household bleach and water. If there is extensive mildew you may want to use a garden sprayer to apply the solution. If you choose this route be sure to keep surrounding hardscape and plants wet as a way to avoid damaging them.
  • You will want to pressure wash the exterior of the house. A high-pressure nozzle on your hose could be used but I would strongly recommend renting a pressure washer from your local Home Depot or Lowe's. This will ensure you get a good quality washing before you start painting.
  • Use a paint scraper, wire brush, or power sander to remove any loose and failing paint. Ensuring that all loose and failing material is removed from the substrata is critical before moving on in the project.
  • Apply a coat of primer to all raw wood. Priming raw wood is very important even with paints that claim to be paint and primer in one. It is best to use a product designed for priming specifically as opposed to a paint that's trying to do the job of both the paint and primer.
  • Next identify any cracks and uneven areas in the substrata and address those using elastomeric caulking and flexible patching products such as Flexall. Using flexible products is a little more difficult when patching because it shrinks and can take more than one coat. However, traditional spackle is very hard when it dries and tends to fail sooner than the flexible products.
  • Once you have patched all the uneven areas and cracks you will need to re-sand them and prime them to ensure adhesion of top coats.

Now you're ready to begin applying your finish coats of paint. In our next blog we will discuss how to select the right paints for every surface on your exterior painting project and provide tips on applying them.


Materials and tools

  • Garden Sprayer
  • Bleach
  • Pressure washer (recommended)
  • Paint Scraper, Wire Brush, or Power Sander
  • Primer (avoid paint+primer)
  • Elastomeric Caulking
  • Flexible Patching (i.e. Flexall, DAP)
  • Putty Knife
  • Sand Paper