Changing the paint colour of your front door is the simplest way to open your home to a new look, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.
And with this season’s energetic colour palette, it’s easier than ever to revive the exterior of your home.
Popular exterior colours this summer include refreshing, saturated shades like aquamarines, lime greens and yellows, and coral-based reds. Building on the classic exterior colours, also in style are burgundy, ash gray, copper brown, near black and clay earth tones.
This season’s top CIL picks include Still Waters (ASE27) blue, Napa Valley (MC21) green, Classic Burgundy (DL07) red, Midnite Hour (MC51) grey and Hale Village (SE47) brown.
“When it comes to home improvements, maintaining the exterior of a house is just as important as the interior, if not more important, since the outside is what makes the first and often lasting impression,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, marketing manager for CIL Paints.
He explained that an attractive exterior not only adds curbside appeal to a home, but also increases the market value of the property as well.
Adding a punch colour to the front door will instantly brighten up a house at little cost, Tustin-Fuchs emphasizes.
“To choose the right colour for your front entrance, take into account the colour of your roof, brick, siding, landscaping and the homes around you,” he said.
Then, apply a lighter shade of the front door colour, or a neutral hue, to your window frames, trim, eavestroughs, siding and garage door to complete your exterior makeover. Make sure that the vinyl siding is painted in light colours only and never in a colour darker than the original as this may cause warping, he said.
Once you’ve decided on colours, CIL offers these tips to ensure a fail-proof exterior paint job:
Get ready to prepare: Surface preparation can make or break your project, so ensure it’s done properly. Harsh winters and the damaging ultraviolet rays of summer take a beating on Canadian homes, leaving painted surfaces faded, peeling and blistering. Before painting, clean the area with a phosphate-free cleaning solution, and then rinse with a garden hose or pressure washer and scrape peeling or flaking surfaces with a scraper, putty knife or wire brush. Fill holes, cracks and seams with an acrylic‑based caulking. If necessary, smooth surfaces using 120 grit sandpaper. Keep in mind that even the highest quality paint won’t adhere properly if the surface is not well prepared.
Priming is prime step: Priming the exterior of your home is key for several reasons. It seals new or bare surfaces, increases adhesion of the paint and prevents it from blistering, cracking and peeling, improves colour retention and fade resistance, controls growth of new mildew and covers chalky or weathered surfaces. There are paints available today that contain built-in primer so that a home’s exterior receives all the protection of a primer but doesn’t require that extra step, saving both time and money. An added benefit of built-in primer is that it reduces the thickness of the paint film by one-third, resulting in a longer-lasting job.
Order on the house: When painting the outside of a house, always follow a plan. Work from the top down, painting fascia boards, gutters and eavestroughs first, then the walls and downspouts. Leave the trim for last. If painting boards or siding, focus on one or two boards at a time, going from one end to the other – rather than working in sections – to avoid overlapping. Use a good quality, wide brush – instead of a roller – that is slightly narrower than the board itself. Contrary to popular belief, using a brush speeds up a paint project, does a better job of filling seams and cracks for maximum protection and produces better-looking results. When painting doors, start with the doorjambs and casing, then paint the panels and cross boards starting at the top on the inside corner and work your way down. Finish with the outer vertical boards, leaving the door open to dry. For best results with doors, wait a full day between coats to allow for proper hardening.
Curb the number of coats: The notion of ‘the more the better’ may be true in certain circumstances, but not when it comes to painting. There’s a limit to the number of coats of paint that a surface can support. As paint ages and thickens over time, it loses its flexibility and ability to expand and contract, causing premature cracking or flaking. For long-lasting results, apply a maximum of two even coats of paint to achieve the desired colour appearance and surface protection.
Weather makes a difference: The ideal environment for exterior painting is one that is shady and dry for 24 hours before and after application. As a general rule, temperatures for painting should range from 10 C to 32 C – with the ideal temperature being between 15 C to 25 C – although there are some exceptions.
Several of CIL’s exterior paints, for example, can be applied in temperatures as low as 1 C. An ideal painting day would have low or moderate humidity, little or no wind, and no fog, drizzle, rain or dew present. Begin painting on the side of your house that remains in the shade the longest since painting in direct sunlight can cause dry blisters and lap marks.
“Following these basic guidelines, and applying a fresh coat of paint every five years or so, will help protect a home from the elements and ensure your exterior maintains its curb appeal and value,” Tustin-Fuchs said.
For more information about exterior painting tips or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-387-3767.
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