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.

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