The frequency of your exterior repainting depends on several factors, including where you live, what your house is made out of, and what it was painted with. In North Texas, we’re protected from the salt sprays our coastal friends down south must consider. Even still, strong sunshine and excessive heat during the summer can take a serious toll on the life of your paint. Dark, oil-based paints may fade especially quickly. The paint may blister, too, or form bubbles on the surface. So there’s no concrete answer for how often to repaint your home — but if you start to see chips, cracks, bleaching, blistering, or any other issue that takes away from the appearance of your home, it’s time to consider repainting.
Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat.
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk."

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Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 What is the approximate living square footage of your home?: 1500-3000 sqft What is the primary exterior surface material of your home?: Wood How many stories is your home?: Two stories What size is your attached garage?: 2-Car Garage Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching Request Stage: Ready to Hire Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Comment: I need a painter to go around the exterior and sand to smooth out surfaces in the wood siding. There is an area on the east side of the house where some of the siding boards need to be replaced. Otherwise go around the house smoothing and caulking the wood surface and then painting to blend. DO NOT CALL ME I WILL AROUND
For a more skilled do-it-yourselfer, either flat or satin paint is suitable. If you are hiring a professional painter, choose the paint finish based only on results, not ease of application. Professional painters are proficient at applying all types of paints and paint finishes. If they make an error, they are accountable and can be expected to fix the issue. 
Satin paints require a bit more care during application in order to avoid lap marks. As with interior painting, it is important to keep a wet edge during application. It is important that satin paints be thoroughly mixed before application to keep the resins and pigments in uniform ratio throughout the can. Satin paints should be mixed just before every painting session.
Small random-orbit or pad sanders make this job go faster. (Wallis first covers these boundaries with Synkoloid patching compound so no edge is visible after sanding.) As shown, you want to make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. For areas that might get close scrutiny, you can follow up with a 100- or 120-grit rubdown to erase any scratches.
#4 You have to be very careful about choosing the accessories. You should find something resourceful, easy-to-use and more effective. As an example, you should find a suitable extension pole instead of the ladders. These extension poles will help you paint the surface from a closer distance and will allow painting the surface more precisely. Also, you should find painting grids instead of the popular trays. Before you start, you should arrange all the items you might need while painting.
Location: ARLINGTON, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 5 - 6 What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen, Bathroom(s), Living Areas, Dining Room, Hallways, Stairways What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling, Wall, Trim What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
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