How to Paint Exteriors

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Paint Exteriors with Ease
Keep track of the weather
Make sure to start painting in a typically dry season, as paint requires time to dry. Avoid humidity as well.
The quality of the paint matters
When painting the exterior of your home, it’s better to splurge on high-quality paint for easier maintenance.
Rid the walls of anything rotting
Exposure to the elements can lead to rotting in materials. Remove these before you paint and save yourself the hassle later on.
Speed up the painting process
Use a paint sprayer when painting exteriors to make it easier to cover surfaces with paint quickly.
Add traction to surfaces
Painted porches and steps can be slippery; after painting, grind them with fine sand to provide traction.
Top Exterior Painting Projects

Here we've collected the top exterior painting projects. Don't miss them.

Home Exterior Painting Videos

Check out our collection of videos on how to paint the exterior of your house.

Make Your Garage Door Look Like It Costs Thousands— With Paint

I’ve seen tons of people doing garage door makeovers and I had to try my hand at it! It turned out to be painless and very economical. If you’re like me, you’ve got a Plain Jane garage that needs a serious facelift!

Aging and Weathering Wood Using Steel Wool and Vinegar

In this short 2 minute video we will show you how to age and weather wood beautifully using 2 common household items: vinegar and steel wool. This is a trade secret in wood finishing and painting. We discovered that the tannins in the wood react perfectly with the mixture of vinegar and steel wool to age and naturally weather any species of wood. It gives an amazing reclaimed wood and patina effect perfect for many styles of homes including farmhouse, shabby chic, French country, mid century modern and traditional designs.

The Proper Way to Paint (and Stencil) a Front Door

This is my sister's front door. While it looks okay from afar, the closer you look, you can see it needs to be painted. The color also needs to be changed and we need to make it special.

What Airless Spray Tip To Use?

Getting the proper finish with an airless sprayer is in large part related to the tip you use. Learn what airless spray tip to use right here.

New Home Exterior Painting Projects

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Browse Exterior Painting Projects
How to Spray Stain a Deck Easily With the Wagner Control Pro 130
Stenciling a Wood Deck in a Diamond Pattern
Make Your Garage Door Look Like It Costs Thousands— With Paint
How To Paint Patio Tiles
Front Porch Faux Tile
11 Best DIY Exterior Home Painting Tasks That Have Transformed Homes
Make Your Neighbors Jealous and TRANSFORM Your Garage Door With Paint
Curb Appeal-Front Door
DIY Front Door Transformation
Painting a Front Walk
Faux Flagstone Patio
Stenciled Patio
Updating Your Skinny Porch Columns
Paint Hex Tile With Cardboard!
Restoring Concrete Statuary, With Masonry and Paint.
The Proper Way to Paint (and Stencil) a Front Door
How to Paint Old Shutters and Use for Decor
DIY Entryway Beam and Door Update
How to Paint a Design on Your Porch Floor
Chalk Painting Backyard Patio Ceiling/ and Back of the House
Lime-washed Brick
Creating a Faux Wood Garage Door
How To Resurface & Paint Concrete The Easy Way
"Chippendale" Wood Screen Door
Add Curb Appeal With German Mortar Smear!
Carved Vertical Concrete Retaining Wall
Front Door Makeover
Painted Concrete Porch With a Stone Stencil
Awning Makeover
How To Paint A Concrete Porch – The RIGHT Way
Stenciled Front Porch
My Bohemian Balcony Makeover: Built a Mini Deck, Stained & Stenciled..
Faux Brick Walkway
A Simple Winter Front Porch Refresh For The New Year
Modern Ranch Black House Wood Trim
Painted Garage Door
Faking It [brick Paver Edition]
Thrifty Transformation: How to Paint a Door to Look Like Wood
How To Save An Old Deck