How to Spray paint exterior walls

I understand that a lot of people feel quite intimidated by the idea of spray painting the exterior of their homes when it comes time to paint them.

This really is a step up from the interior walls in terms of both preparation and planning.

spraying exterior walls

By using these tips, we hope to take some heat off you and allow you to breathe easier while tackling your home’s paint job.

Feel free to get creative by customizing these systems and methods based on what works best for you and your property.

Paint rollers are nice and all, but if you ask anyone who’s ever used a paint sprayer.

They’ll tell you that the paint sprayer method is the way to go for getting your surfaces painted in a matter of minutes.

Each coat is smooth, even, and without any uninvited bubbles. So, today I will explain the method of spray painting exterior walls.

Here are the Advantages of Paint Sprayers on Exterior Surfaces

Using a paint sprayer on your exterior walls can be extremely beneficial. Not only is the sprayer a powerful tool, but it will save you tons of time and physical pain!

It would be very time-consuming and painful for you to roll paint over your entire house – imagine all that standing!

By using a paint sprayer to glide over the walls of your house, you’ll get the color you want in a flash.

Here you can check out the pictures I took of the house before painting it with spray gun so that you guys can get help with this. Before and after pictures I will upload at the end of this post.

Bad condition of house before painting

Equipment that you might need during the process

equipment needed for painting of exterior walls

If you’ve decided to paint your home’s exterior, you will definitely want to invest in a paint sprayer to help save yourself time and make the process much easier.

However, there are other items you will need, such as an extra pair of hands or a ladder to access those hard-to-reach sections of your home.

Some other helpful tools include roller extensions, drop cloths, and paper— just to name a few!

  • There should be sufficient paint and stains of the color you would like to cover the wall or exterior.
  • For the waste, clearance empty the buckets and also the paint storage while refilling your paint sprayer.
  • You must have a ladder.
  • Masking tape to tape those surfaces of your house which doesn’t need to be painted.
  • You should have different tips to cover different areas of your home.
  • Stir sticks or any stick to mix your paint properly.
  • You also have sheets to protect the ground from paint.
  • Spray shield for the protection of arms and face.
  • Rags for the purpose of cleanup.
  • For additional touches carry some brushes with you.
  • Protective gear is a must-have thing, which should include glasses and gloves.

Savvy painters know that those brand-name paint sprayers are nothing without the accessories to go with them. Fortunately, many of them come with tip extensions included in their purchase price.

This accessory is known for two things: one, you can get into little spaces and corners like behind your stove or under your kitchen cabinets, and two.

It allows you to get more coverage with fewer strokes because you’re not using a brush and roller.

infographics guide to paint exterior walls

However, if you don’t have access to these tip extensions, there is an easy alternative in order to get the job done quicker by covering more ground in less time.

Use the traditional method of using a paintbrush and roller.

Checking the paint sprayer

Always test your paint gun on a cardboard surface. You must have an extra piece of cardboard with you whether you paint for your own project or for the clients.

Test the gun and make sure of it that there is no finger pattern or blotchy.

Testing and checking of paint gun on cardboard piece before work

Now preparation of paint comes in

Before you begin, you need to properly prepare your area. You will want to move your furniture/objects away from the walls that are going to be painted so that they’re out of the way and don’t get touched by the paint.

And don’t worry about the sidings because we can paint that after drying.

painting the sidings after house

When it comes time to paint, take a good look at the areas you don’t want to be painted. Apply plenty of tapes and other coverings over these places so that there is no room for paint overlap!

This process can seem tedious, but when you’re all said and done, you will have a nice exterior with sections of the stark contrast between painted and unpainted areas – this will often lead to beautiful design decisions.

Wash the area before spraying

Before you paint your house or, it is vital that you pressure wash the entire area and make sure it is free from any old peeling paint or mold.

Any debris that adheres to your walls can easily be transferred onto new paint as you are applying this to them, and may lead to haphazard splatters.

Check for chipped paint and mark those spots. Before starting fix the cracked wood and fix the surface first then start the project.

Just like I have spotted some spots which needed to be fixed on my friends house. I fixed those spots first then I continued other stuff.

checking of chipped paint on house

We recommend allowing all of your surfaces sufficient drying time so any moisture does not compromise all of the hard work you have put into both preparing for priming and cleaning up after the job has been finished.

The spraying process comes in

I will also show you guys how we painted the house of my friend who just live nearby. Before spraying process we fixed these kind of spots on the house.

chipped paint of house

Now you’re ready to paint – but wait! Before you even pick up your sprayer and get started, it’s a good idea to visualize the outcome in your mind.

Think about the color that best fits what you want to achieve, think about how thick or thin the lines should be and most importantly.

Think about how much time you’re willing to put into what could amount to an all-day project.

If rushed, spray painting can be a real pain because of all of the prep work involved with making sure that one’s paint is perfectly level so as not to mess up after applying so much effort into it.

Think carefully about all of this before committing and also double check whether or not any specific surfaces (e.g., plastic surfaces) are paintable according to your end result preferences.

If you have noticeable parallel planks in your walls, the spray should go across them as is.

Usually, you’ll want to follow along the direction of your exposed woodwork or trusses for the smoothest coat. This can also depend on which side is facing up though.

Working in sections which painting

Starting the project from garage cause it feels easy for me and my friend.

Painting garage of house

Does it feel like the outside of your property is suffering from a brain freeze? It may be time for a new coat without all of this mess! Give yourself some time to section off specific areas.

Don’t risk getting sunburned or having aching muscles at the end of the day! Section off the parts of your exterior that you can easily reach.

Leave the parts you can’t reach for tip extensions or final touch-ups as soon as everything else is done and dried.

The same mindset applies to artwork and design. You wouldn’t want to try and fit in complicated shapes when your mind is elsewhere so first.

Apply the easy rectangular forms then once you’re happy with those, go back and fill in all the smaller areas.

The idea is not to rush but if you take your time planning how you’re going to apply the paint rather than just blasting it on without a care in the world.

Then you’ll get better results and save yourself from a lot of frustration.

Cleaning after completion

Of course, once the paint has dried, you will want to remove it from your bushes and walls.

Slowly peel back covers from your plants during this process and slowly peel away tape from the walls too when ready to do so.

Replace any furniture that was moved during this time as well as fixtures that were taken off of the walls.

If these things weren’t removed beforehand all in preparation for painting, make sure you give them a good clean.

Power washing everything once all paint is dry will reduce the amount of cleaning you need to do at a later stage.

After completing paint by sprayer level the drips with the help of brush for better finishing.

using of brush to correct paint drips after spray gun work

Here are before and after project pictures for amateurs. They can get an idea how the house looked after repairing its surface and then painting with paint sprayer.

The front of house comparison. The left side is after results and the right side of the picture is of previous condition.

before and after comparison of house

Backside of the house. Before and after results after spraying and fixing it.

comparison of house in before and after


Spray painting walls is definitely better than rolling.  For one thing, spray painting walls is quicker. The second reason is that it gets into all the small cracks and crevices.  This means that spray painting is more effective than rolling. And the third reason is that it is easier to do a large area with a sprayer rather than a roller. So, in conclusion, spray painting walls is definitely better than rolling. Some people prefer spray painting over rolling.

You can spray masonry paint on the exterior, but it is better to apply it with a paintbrush. If you do spray it, spray it on a cloudy day and do not do more than 3 feet of the wall at a single time. The paint needs a little while to dry before you can spray it again. If you apply it with a paintbrush, then wait a day before you can apply another coat. That way, you avoid having to sand.

It takes about 4 to 6 hours to spray paint a house exterior. If you have a small house it should take even less time. You will need to rent a scaffold to get the right angle.  It can be tricky to get it right without a scaffold. If you do get a scaffold, ensure that you follow the guidelines and make sure that you are on a hard surface such as cement rather than a soft surface such as grass or dirt. You will want to work on the roof before you work on the sides of the house, so that you can “paint” the roof first and move down.

Yes, you can. However, you must have the right tools and knowledge. Don’t just paint whatever color you feel like on your house. It could look tacky and decrease the value of your home. If you want to paint your house exterior, then talk to a professional first. They will evaluate your house, assess your home’s style, and help you choose the right color. You may be surprised to find out that certain colors may not be appropriate for your house.

It is hard to give an exact answer as there are many factors that will affect the durability of the paint job. Usually, a good paint job will last 3-5 years before it needs to be repainted. The most common cause of paint failure is water damage so it’s important to keep your home well maintained and sealed. Gutters should be cleaned regularly to prevent small stones from cracking the paint. If you have a pool, check your pool filter regularly to ensure it doesn’t get clogged up and doesn’t damage the paint.

Conclusion on How to Spray paint exterior walls

Here it is peeps the method to paint exterior walls and house. I have explained do’s and don’ts also so that you guys don’t mess up the stuff and get satisfactory results after painting.

The people who are new to this field should ask question in comments section so their confusion can be cleared by me or professionals who are working in this field. Happy painting!

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