How to Paint Exterior of House – Roller or Brush for Exterior Painting

How to Paint Exterior of House – Roller or Brush for Exterior Painting

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in the right place welcome to Discover Your Home with your host Mark Lotz. Good
evening Mark here at Discover Your Home tonight we are gonna talk about exterior
staining or painting your home now the question and I’m I’m probably a little
bit at fault a lot of times when you’re in the trades you have used generic
terms like painting as opposed to standing we use them interchangeable
because to us it’s it’s the application that we’re talking about more than
anything so it could be now instead of stain we’re using paint so so tonight
we’re going to talk a little bit about staining your home and painting your
home and let’s talk a little bit about some of the differences some of the
things that we like to use some of the things that we can help you on in your
home so let’s start off with what kind of home you have a lot of a lot of the
houses that we are working on are generally if they’re wood they’re
rough-sawn cedar sided if they’re older they’re a smooth cedar hey Bob and Rosie
how you doing tonight thank you for joining me like I said if it’s an older
home 50-60 years old you’ll find that you’ll have the smooth
cedar or smooth redwood that’s something we’ll talk about as far as what we use
on that but we’ll start with our basic house out there in the the western
suburbs that are you know rough-sawn cedar and we’ve seen homes that have
been painted painted the use of paint on the the siding and we find that a lot of
times they have a tendency to peel more so than just using a an acrylic
stain as opposed to an acrylic paint hopefully I’m not confusing you guys
here but stain has a tendency to penetrate as opposed to a paint which is
really kind of covering a surface that’s kind of how I like that to tell our
customers is what’s what’s the big difference so if I if it’s my house I’m
gonna tell you what Mark would do if Mark had a cedar side at home after we
get it cleaned and everything what we have seen over the past is homes use
used to be when they came up we’re always like a semi-transparent stain and
people love the look of the semi-transparent stain you can see the
grain come through but they didn’t like having to do it every two to three years
because they would were semi-transparent stains would wear quickly so everybody
really kind of has gone to you know to everybody but I would say 98% of our
customers have gone to a solid body stain and stains penetrate like I said
they’re gonna bite real well since it’s a real rough surface what I always like
to use as an applicator is a thicker nap roller a nap means the thickness of the
the roller cover we generally recommend like a three-quarter inch polyester or
even up to an inch polyester you know with a six inch handle I should say a 7
inch handle which is usually because the board is about a six and a half inch lap
siding depends on what you’re using you’ve got varying sizes so we are
actually applying a stain now we have we have seen like I said we’ve seen folks
where they have put paint on and they have peeling issues because a lot of
times some of these higher-end coatings are really good in fact they’re so good
when they dry over time these paint coatings that is they pull so tight they
actually pop off the stain off the side of the house so they don’t really do a
job as well as they should actually do it too well so we’re gonna recommend if
you’re doing a cedar side at home and your house is a cedar sided rough-sawn
cedar side and we’re gonna go and handle that with an acrylic
stain okay now if we’re gonna move on over to the smooth cedar which you see
in kind of older traditional style homes you know at the 4-inch lap or the
10-inch lap we’ve done we’ve done stain on those but we find a lot of times when
we’re painting we’re painting those and those will generally if you take that
from a a brand new situation to to what you’ve
got we always recommend putting a nice oil-based primer on that and then
putting two coats of paint on top of that you can use stain on that but we’re
probably gonna recommend put in an oil-based primer if you have a brand new
house which we don’t see very often anymore because most most cedar sided
homes now come out pre-stain so you’re not gonna find a lot of homes that are
that have that are naturally raw so but if you do have an everything’s all all
raw it’s all raw cedar I would say started off with a good coat of an
oil-based primer cut it with a little bit of a product called Penetrol. it
makes it makes the stain penetrate a little makes the primer I should say
penetrate a little bit better in that respect but that’s a very far and few
between we’ve only handled a couple of those in the last 30 years you don’t see
that very often everything usually comes out pre-stained so if we’re gonna
move over you know to talking about other types of siding like aluminum and
vinyl and any sort of hardboard siding you’re definitely gonna want to go ahead
and use a paint because it’s a thicker coating you know if there’s you know
there’s really not any priming on that surface has to be really clean that’s
the biggest key I find that most folks don’t quite understand is that it’s
really your surface has to be incredibly clean because you get a little bit of
dirt on there or you get a little bit of mold and mildew on that surface and your
paint just flat out won’t stick so what I don’t recommend when you’re out doing
your home is I’m not a big fan of the spray
application not that it’s wrong or anything it’s completely not you just
need really good weather and you know if you’re if you don’t know how to operate
a airless sprayer I would highly suggest don’t use it but I find that the
challenges I’ve seen with guys that do spray is one they get a lot of overspray
on things that you really can’t see on the ground but as you get a little
closer you can notice them secondly you can
spray get spray in your neighbor’s house your neighbor’s car their deck you know
you get it on the roof so if you are not properly training that do not spray if
you do spray make sure your back we rolling back brush everything down to
kind of work it into the surface and that’s really I’m a rough-sawn cedar
side at home so that’s really about it fill your nail holes as best you can you
know anytime you have a nail that set in wood you want to fill that hole with
either caulk or fill it in with excessive stain keep your colors light
and bright the lighter and brighter the less wear and tear darker colors wear a
lot faster it’s something that you had probably learned in science class darker
colors attract heat and light so keep the color on the light side and you want
to last longer because you may not want to have to get out there to do it again
time and time again you might not you’ll probably add a couple years to
the life of the outside of your home so and that looks like that’s about all
we’re going to talk to you guys about tonight about staining versus painting
your home I’m Mark at Discover Your Home thanks again for joining us and we’ll
talk to you guys soon thanks thanks so much for listening to this
episode of Discover Your Home with your host Mark Lotz online at that’s a and
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  • Lotz Home & Office says:

    Let me know what are your biggest questions when painting your house siding. I'd be happy to make a video explaining it to you. Check out my exterior house playlist for other DIY tips at:

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