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Exterior paint


Exterior Paint Tools List

Surface Preparation Tools

  • TSP, EcoTsp, or a good cleaner.
  • Rags
  • Drop cloths
  • Extension poles and/or Ladders, depending on height required
  • Most likely Caulking

If there is damaged walls and/or window sills:

  • Sandpaper/ Sanding Sponges
  • Stucco patch or a good exterior spackle/patch
  • Putty knife
  • Possibly single edge razor scraper for cleaning up in and around windows.

Paint Supplies

  • Primer & Paint
  • Stir sticks
  • Paint rollers
  • 13 mm MicroPro Roller Sleeves
  • 2” or 2 ½” Angled Sash brush, for cutting in and/or touch-ups
  • Cut in pail (Handy Paint Pail and Liners, if you do a lot of painting and especially if you have ladder work to do. These paint pails have a handle that allows you to still hold onto the ladder, yet have the paint pot hanging on the backside of your hand)
  • Paint trays
  • Liners for Paint trays
  • Painters tape

Exterior Painting Do’s and Don’ts


  1. Clean All Surfaces - Proper surface preparation is the key to any successful project. Coatings require a clean, sound surface free of dirt, dust, mildew.

  2. Thoroughly mix all paint before starting – A common problem that can happen with painting is uneven sheen. This can be because of uneven surface porosity on the substrate, but it can also be from paint that hasn’t been thoroughly mixed. This is why for years, you have always been given that fancy little paint stick with your purchase!

  3. Follow Directions - Take a few moments to read over the supplied manufacturers instructions. Every product has some unique applications which should always be adhered to.

  4. Do not start if inclement weather is forecasted – It is never advised to paint if wet weather is forecasted! If a storm appears unpredictably, finish at a natural break and wait out the storm.

  5. Use the right paint – Exterior surfaces have a lot of variables when it comes to paint. Be sure to talk with the experts when it comes to getting the right product for all your exterior projects!


  1. Paint over dirty surfaces – This is one of the most common mistakes, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.

  2. Don’t use cheap paint – Premium paint is easier to apply ( I won’t have to sell you a raincoat to protect yourself from paint splatter), gives you more square footage per gallon (due to higher solid content) and will last considerably longer. Your home is quite likely the single largest investment you have, protect it. Don’t risk structural damage from water and freeze/thaw cycles!

  3. Don’t use cheap brushes and sleeves – Cheap paint brushes will leave many brush strokes in the new quick drying, environmentally friendly paint. Cheap sleeves will shed a lot of the material that is used to hold the paint. Always use lint free or micro fibre sleeves!

  4. Don’t overreach! Ever! – One of the most common reasons for ladders and falling relates to overreaching! It might take you an extra five minutes to go down the ladder and move it over. Don’t mess with your health and safety. Use the right equipment and use it properly!

  5. Don’t mess with Lead paint. 

How to videos

Exterior painting tips

  • Start on the shaded side of the house and try never to paint in direct sunlight
  • Cover shrubs with drop cloths and if needed use ropes and stakes to gently pull them away from the house
  • At each stage of painting, start at the top and work your way down. Use horizontal strokes for horizontal siding, vertical for vertical, follow natural substrate lines
  • When running low on paint, always try to end at a natural break
  • Keep an eye on the weather for any inclement weather.
  • Box your paint. Basically if you calculated you need 3 gallons, mix them all together in a five gallon bucket to avoid any chance of slight colour differences.
  • Always check with the paint experts at SouthPointe Paint for any areas that might require specialized primer!

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PLEASE NOTE: These calculations are not intended to give more than a rough estimate. Precise paint needs will vary according to many factors, including application method. These calculations assume 2 coats of paint and do not include the ceiling.

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