How to paint your house's exterior

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Totally transform the way your house looks and feels without spending thousands of dollars on professional painters by using a paint sprayer gun to do it yourself. Here’s how.

Tools and materials

Bucket

Paint

Paint brush

Paint respirator

Paint sprayer

Paint stirrer

Painters tape

Safety glasses

Water

How to paint your houses exterior

1. Prepare your paint

Before you get cracking, head down to your nearest Bunnings to pick your desired colour. We opted for a nice light-grey to go with the ‘Coastal Luxe’ look of the Make It Yours home. This is a particularly good choice if you’re working with light-coloured nineties bricks, but feel free to choose any colour you wish – just make sure it’s the right type of paint for outdoors. You can use a paint calculator to find out the right amount of paint to purchase. Once you’ve picked your paint, give the tin a good stir using a paint stirrer. 

2. Dilute with water

Once you’ve done this, pour your paint into a smaller bucket, then dilute with about ten per cent water – this makes the application much easier and will give you a nice, fine spray with your spray gun. Once you’ve added your water, mix it together again using your stirrer. Add more water or more paint until you’re happy with the consistency – you don’t want it too runny, or too thick.

How to paint your houses exterior

3. Mask up edges

Before you get spraying, mask up any areas you don’t want to get paint on with some masking tape or painter’s tape.

How to paint your houses exterior

4. Pour your paint into the spray gun

Once you’re happy with the consistency of your diluted paint, pour it into your spray gun – and you’re good to go! Make sure the nozzle on your gun is pointing in the direction you want the spray to go. Our bricks run side to side, so we adjusted our nozzle so it sprayed in this direction also.

How to paint your houses exterior

5. Begin painting the exterior walls

Holding your spray gun, spray your wall from one end to the other – don’t start in the middle. You want to keep your spray gun an even distance from the wall whilst painting – being consistent with this is important for all-over coverage. It’s a lot more comfortable to use your whole arm to spray, not just your wrist, so keep this in mind before you start. When painting, be mindful of overspray – you don’t want to spray too close to your gutters and windows.

How to paint your houses exterior

6. Use a brush and roller for trickier spots

Once you’ve sprayed your first coat, use a brush and roller to get in there and paint the trickier areas, like gutters and windows or the grooves between bricks. For these areas, use paint straight from the tin, not the diluted paint we used for the gun. Pour some into a tray and begin rolling. Handy hint: Begin by rolling ‘W’s onto your wall, then go back over with ‘M’s – this ensures a nice even coat. Use a brush to cut in along the gutter line.

How to paint your houses exterior

7. Change the spray pattern

Once your first coat of paint is dry, change the spray pattern on your spray gun by twisting the nozzle – this will ensure you get all those nooks and crannies the second time around. Once you’ve done this, remove your painter’s tape – and the job’s done!

How to paint your houses exterior

8. A facelift for your home

And just like that, you’ve totally transformed the whole look and feel of your home! The best bit? It hasn’t cost you an arm or a leg!

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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