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How to paint your house exterior

WordsMaha Elley


NEWS FLASH: we just got into the masonry and exterior paint business. Over the last few months, we’ve learnt a lot about what it takes to develop exterior house paint that’s durable with excellent coverage.

Now that we’ve conquered that, let’s take a look at the ‘how’. If you’re considering giving your house exterior a fresh lick of paint, learn how to paint your house by following our easy step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Choose the right paint for your exterior walls 

So, what should you look for when choosing the right paint for exterior walls? Consider the following:

  • The type of surface: does the exterior paint work on the surface you want to paint? Although many exterior house paints are multi surface, there are some that will stick better to certain surfaces, so find the paint that will offer the best coverage and durability for the surface of your home. It’s worth pointing out that Lick exterior paint goes on almost every surface (yes, it even works as great concrete wall paint) but we don't recommend it on stock/fletton bricks, granite and any surfaces where lime is present, such as the very old lime render.
  • The weather when you paint: make sure the weather is suitable for painting by choosing a nice, dry day. Give yourself as much time as possible to get the job done by following our step-by-step guide. You’ll find that there is very rarely a problem with the actual paint, a shoddy exterior paint job is usually the result of bad weather on the day or lack of surface prep. 
  • The quality of exterior paint: this one’s an easy fix. Choose Lick exterior paint for a highly durable paint that’s rainproof and offers a life span of up to 10 years.

Step 2: Equip yourself with the right tools

First, gather your tools: 

Lick Decorators canvas folded up


Lick Paint roller extension pole


Step 3: Prep your house exterior for painting

Proper prep is crucial to how flawless your exterior paint job will be. Get your surfaces ready with the below steps and your essential prep tools for painting:

  • Thoroughly clean and dry the surface
  • If the walls have been painted previously, remove any flaking or peeling paint with a pressure washer or wire brush 
  • Repair any cracks with exterior fillers 
  • Move any climbing plants and trellises out of the way as much as possible. 
  • Once all the cleaning is done, leave the surface to dry completely before you start painting

Step 4: Use masking tape to cover windows and door frames

Painters masking tape is an essential tool for a precise paint job. Learn more about how to use masking tape while painting

Step 5: Paint your first coat

  • If you’re working with masonry, brickwork (shop our brickwork paint) or any other porous surfaces, apply a thin down coat of paint first.
  • Always start painting from the top down so you can catch any drips and runs.
  • Cut in around the edges with a small paint brush, then fill in with the paint roller. Learn more about how to paint clean lines when decorating
  • Work your way over the exterior of your home in sections

Step 6: Let it dry 

Your exact drying time depends on the temperature and the relative humidity. An ideal example of weather condition would be 18 degrees with a 65% relative humidity, then standard drying times would apply. Which is touch dry in 2 hours and follow with a second coat of paint in 2-4 hours.

Step 7: Paint your second coat

We would always recommend using two coats of paint on the exterior of your home, even if you’re seeing great coverage with just one. That second coat adds durability and longevity to your paint job. 

Note that some darker or brighter colours may need three coats, as the covering power might be lower. Such colours can also fade more quickly in the sun, so that third coat gives you a little more durability.

Ready to pick a fresh colour for the exterior of your home? Explore our new range of masonry and exterior paint colours.