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How to Paint the Exterior of a House

Learn how to paint a home exterior the easy way by using a Wagner paint sprayer to quickly get the job done and save money in the process.

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate


Our home was showing its age, and its exterior was in dire need of some love and a new fancy coat of paint. Painting the outside of a house can take on many of its own challenges. We took the challenge, and boy are we so very pleased with how it turned out!


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Prep and Choose Paint

First of all included fixing and repairing siding that had rotted, and caulking gaps, sanding and scraping old paint. We also needed to choose paint colors, which for exterior jobs can be a bit difficult to find just the right color that looks right in all lights. I chose Benjamin Moore's White Dove White for the home, and had a custom matched color for the garage.

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Power Wash the Siding

Once we had the colors chosen and all the problem areas fixed, we focused on the painting prep. I was so excited because once that was done, I would get to use my Wagner Control Pro 170 to give the exterior a new and improved coat of paint! Prior to painting, we had to make sure the canvas was prepped and ready to go. The first thing we did was caulk and repair damaged spots.

Second, we sanded and scraped old flaking paint, so that the new paint would adhere well. Third, we used our pressure washer to clean and eliminate all dirt and grime.

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Mask Off Fixtures

After the surface was clean and dry, I masked off everything that we did not want painted including windows, light fixtures and rock pillars.

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Prime the Sprayer

The Control Pro 170 is an airless paint sprayer that is perfect for large jobs, such as my garage. Having spent a lot of time in the past painting buildings by hand, I am always amazed at how much more ease there is to painting with a paint sprayer.

Prior to using the paint sprayer, I needed to prime the pump, which is easily done with a bucket and some water first, to make sure everything is working correctly. I love using the Wagner instruction manuals, since they are so easy to follow and make using their paint sprayers a breeze.


Spray the Exterior

I began painting the exterior by spraying one complete coat and adding a second once the first was dry.

You want to make sure you use your shoulder to rotate your hand left to right, keeping the sprayer level. Do not use your wrist to move the sprayer back and forth or this will result in uneven paint spray.


Allow to Dry

If you are going from a white paint, to a dark, you can add a tinted primer first so that you get better coverage. The paint I used covered amazingly well and was not needed.

Once the paint was dry, I removed the plastic from the windows and light fixtures and cleaned my paint sprayer. There are easy to follow instructions, making cleaning simple and quick.

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Enjoy the Transformed Home!

Painting the large walls of my garage with the Wagner Control Pro 170 was such a game changer. It made this project more manageable and gave me the confidence as a home owner to be able to do this myself and save us some money on such a large project.

We are so very thrilled with the change, going from all white, to adding some deep colors as accents has completely changed the exterior of our home. As a homeowner, learning these skills has given me confidence that I can do these kinds of projects and possibly use these skills to help others.

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