Repaint your house – for a better result

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The front of the house – the first thing that greets you when you return home and the first thing that others look at. Painting a house can seem like a demanding project, but not so demanding that we can sum it up in three steps.

  1. Prep work

    Good groundwork is a prerequisite for a successful end result. The facade of your house will need to be washed and perhaps even scraped before you can apply the new paint.

    Always have a clean surface!

    Before you bring out the brush or roller, it’s important to do some thorough preparation. Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles. Clean the facade from dirt, mould and peeling paint. Wash with a detergent or mold remover, using a cleaning brush and an extension pole. Allow the wood to dry before proceeding.

    Scrape and sand the wooden facade

    Scrape off any loose paint with a scraper. Wood affected by rot should be replaced. If you scrape the paint off so that plain wood is showing, you should repaint these areas with primer oil. Fix rusty nails if you are going to repaint in a light color, otherwise they may discolor the facade. Sand and paint with anti corrosive paint.

    There are several types of scrapers for facades. Compare the tools and choose the best one for your project with this guide: Scrape the facade – choose the right paint scraper.

    Skrapning av fasad inför husmålning

    You’re not missing coverage, are you?

    Before you start painting, cover the areas that are not to be painted with plastic to protect them from paint splashes. Mask in windows, windowsills, downspouts and exterior lighting mounted on the facade. If you are going to paint the facade, cover plants in flower beds and move any nearby vehicles at least 20 meters away from the house to be painted (there is a risk of small paint spots).

    Täcker för marken innan målning av husfasaden
  2. Repaint the house

    Måla hus med bred pensel

    Spring warmth and dry weather are longed for by many

    Especially those who are going to repaint the house. Before getting started, it’s a good idea to get some brushes and rollers so that everyone can help.

    Choose the right facade brush

    If you’re going to paint the facade with a brush, you’ll need two types: a wide outdoor brush, which picks up a lot of paint so you don’t have to dip so often, and an long angled brush for hard-to-reach areas. A tip is to choose the width of the brush according to the width of the facade panel. If the panel is approximately 100 mm wide, choose a 100 mm outdoor brush that covers the entire width of the panel. This makes the job easier and less time-consuming. Don’t forget bucket holders so you can hang the paint bucket on the ladder.

    Paint with rollers?

    It is just as easy to roll the paint as to brush it on. Try the Wistex roller set 7 cm, which includes a roller frame and two 7 cm rollers, perfect for the larger surfaces. Complete with a mini roller with mini handle for the smaller surfaces. You’ll also need a Platinum long angled brush for surfaces you can’t reach with the roller.

    Avoid the sun!

    Do not paint on a hot wall or in direct sunlight. This causes the paint to dry too quickly, does not have time to adhere properly and results in a wrinkled surface. The result is less attractive and the facade is less protected.
    Målar husfasad med roller

    Ease the work

    Feel free to use both a short extension pole and a long extension pole for your roller frame and/or paintbrush. You won’t have to climb on scaffolding, ladders or stepladders as often and you’ll work more safely. Plus, you reach further, making work easier while protecting your back and shoulders.

    Keep the paint

    When repainting your house, you should usually use the same type of paint that was used previously. Read the paint manufacturer’s instructions.

    Paint panel before installation

    Fresh curtain panel shrinks. Stroke the panel once before putting it in place to avoid unpainted edges when it dries.

    Dry before it dries

    If you get splashes of the wrong paint on other surfaces, it must be wiped off immediately. Rags are always good to have on hand.

    Feed and tripe last

    Paint the facade before painting the lining and knots with a different color. The exception is the attic and roof eaves where deviating paint can drip down the facade.

    Don’t skimp on house paint

    Brush or roll the paint on smoothly.

    Glaze rules

    Glaze paint is applied from the bottom up, one board at a time, along its entire length. If you make overlapping strokes, they will form darker and unattractive spots when the paint dries.

    Store rollers and brushes in plastic

    Time for a break or sleep? Wrap the roller or brush in plastic. If you are going to make a longer break, clean the tools.

  3. Washing and maintaining the house

    Washing your facade every year will keep your house looking good and increase the life of your paintwork. To keep the facade looking good for longer, you should do an annual cleaning. Take the opportunity to review the facade if there are areas that need repainting or touching up. Use the brush with extension pole to reach everywhere.

    Read more about how to care for your facade: Wash the facade – step by step.