How to Paint Exterior Spackle How to Paint Exterior Spackle

Commonly when people think about spackle, they think about the Sheetrock found in their house and how easy it is to be punctured. What people don't often think about is exterior spackling. Spackling for exterior applications is often times caused by the addition of screws or nails of just natural wear and tear. The first step is to find a good exterior Spackle and to read the instructions before you apply the Spackle. Just as with anything there are a few steps to follow after you've completed the application process.

Sanding

Sanding is an important part of the spackling process as it smooths out the rough edges on the spackle and leaves the surface ready for the application of paint. Without sanding, you will really notice the irregular areas in the spackle. If there are any large protrusions or really rough areas you'll want to first proceed with a coarse grit sandpaper and then move on to a finer grit. This will maximize the effectiveness of the sanding.

Priming

A commonly overlooked problem in painting the exterior of any structure is the need to prime the wood. Wood, in its fabricated state has a lot of irregularities that might not be so apparent at first. One of the most common are the burrs that are created by the fabrication saw that created the plank of wood. Another one are defects that are found in the wood itself at it's natural state. Because of these irregularities, there needs to be some way to create a smooth layer that hides these, this would be primer. Primer is applied just like the final paint process. If you look at an exterior structure that wasn't primed you can readily see the difference. There will be spots where the paint didn't blend correctly, cracking, and surface inconsistencies. Start of right and prime the surface before you paint.

Painting

Painting is a big job. When painting a large structure like a house it could take all day to complete, and boy what a mess. Before you start painting you want to ensure that you have the correct paint for exterior applications, that you have enough buckets of paint for two coats and that you have the proper brushes to apply the paint. If you have some old brushes, half-covered in paint sitting in the garage, now is probably the best time to throw them out and get some new ones. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to paint when you don't have the proper tools for the job. You'll also need some sort of tarp or cover to make sure that you don't get any unwanted paint on any other surface as well as the proper clothing. Getting paint out of your hair is a mess.

Apply the paint in smooth up and down motions, letting your wrists do a lot of the work. If you require a ladder, make sure to have someone spot you and never step on the top step, as this has been proven to cause tipping. Once you have completed your first layer, you might want to apply a second coat to ensure your house is properly sealed from the elements.

 

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