Follow the sun, this will ensure that the surfaces are free from dew and in warm conditions, do not paint in direct sunlight as this can lead to blistering whilst drying.
Drain pipes – to paint behind pipes without getting paint on walls use a piece of cardboard as a mask.
When painting externally the temperature must be 8°c or above to ensure the paint will dry effectively – be aware when painting late in the day that the temperature does not become too cold or damp as this will affect the end results and could create a problem.
These should be painted in the following order:
3. Centre upright
4. Horizontals, top and bottom
5. Side verticals
Brush application – 3” or 4” masonry brush is ideal, this allows you to cut in on edges and control the paint application ensuring a suitable amount of paint is applied, especially on textured surfaces.
Rollers – The use of a roller usually a medium to high pile sleeve will be a quicker way of painting a larger area. Adding an extension pole is a great way to apply over a larger surface more quickly.
TIP: When using a roller the pressure should be greater on the upward stroke as the roller delivers paint to the surface and less on the downward stroke as this direction of the roller is taking paint away, this potentially causes the paint to spatter.
In addition to the basic brush or roller, there are many other ‘add on sales’ opportunities for the completion of the exterior painting project. Your customer needs to plan the project and ensure they have all the tools and equipment they need to complete the job.
For best results always use the best tools you can afford. Having the right tools for the job saves time and effort. Here is a checklist to consider before starting to paint:
1. Brushes (various sizes)
2. Glass paper
3. White spirit
4. Dust sheets
5. Masking tape
9. Extension poles
10. Steps/ Laddder