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A fresh coat of exterior paint gives a home an instant facelift. A clean, bright exterior can be the difference between liking your new home and loving it.
White remains the most popular exterior color. Gray, blue, brown and tan are also very popular. Like interior painting, lighter shades will brighten your house and make it seem larger.
After establishing a color palette, you'll need to choose paint based on type, quality and finish.
Type and Quality. For a long-lasting, even paint job, use a high-quality latex paint. Latex is durable, retains color, and is chalk resistant. It's also easy to apply and clean, and coats all exterior surfaces: wood, new stucco, masonry, and weathered aluminum siding. Choose a higher quality paint for longevity, smoother application, and to avoid brush marks.
Finish. Flat paint is best suited for siding because it resists moisture and hides imperfections well. Semi-gloss and high-gloss paints are best suited for trim and doors because of their durability.
A gallon of paint will cover about 200 square feet with two coats. Use our paint calculator or ask a Lowe's associate for help with your estimation. It's always a good idea to have a little extra paint for touch-ups. Let us help you choose the right brushes and other supplies as well.
When painting exterior brick, cinder block or other rough surfaces for the first time, apply a coat of latex block filler. The filler closes and seals the pores of the block and provides a smooth substrate for the finish coat.
Check the weather forecast before starting the job. Rain or high wind can cut a day of painting short and ruin what's already been applied. Paint when temperatures are above 50° and below 85°. High humidity on a newly painted, uncured surface can cause blistering.
Avoid painting in direct sun. Paint the west-facing side in the morning and the east in the afternoon.
See other articles in our Painting section, for tips on supplies, clean-up and more.
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