How To: Outdoor Painting 101

If you have an outdoor painting project, your preparation and painting technique will be key. If you get the painting project done right the first time, you won’t have to spend valuable time and effort correcting mistakes. You can find a selection of high quality exterior paints from Majic Paints. We specialize in tractor, truck & implement enamel along with other outdoor equipment and home improvement projects. Before you start painting, be sure to test out your Majic Paints to make sure that its color is acceptable. Wait a while and take a look at the painted sample space to see if there are any issues in terms of adhesion. Chances are you won’t have any concerns with our tractor, truck & implement enamel products and paints. If you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance.

Once you are confident in your paint, proceed to scrape or power wash the surface that you plan on painting to eliminate particles like rust, dirt, grease and oil. Patch up any cracks in the surface as well. Bear in mind that sanding old paint will likely produce fumes with lead, which can harm your health. Make sure that you wear a NIOSH-approved respirator, contain the old paint, and clean up properly. If conditions are dry and the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees, proceed to paint.

When you paint, begin at the top and paint downward. This way, paint will drip onto unpainted areas instead of dripping down and layering onto sections that have already been painted. If you are painting an outdoor wall, use a roller or brush, paint up and down on siding that is positioned vertically and from side to side on siding that is positioned horizontally. If you are painting an outdoor ceiling on a porch, gazebo or elsewhere, begin by painting a strip about 2 inches in length where it meets with the wall. Then paint your way over the short side so that a “wet edge” is continuously maintained.

When painting a floor of a deck or porch, begin the job in the corner that is diagonal from the floor’s exit point. Paint a 2-inch wide strip on the floor where it meets the wall. After you paint the initial corner, paint over the short side to create and maintain the wet edge. Always hold the brush at the handle base, never dip more than half of its bristles into the paint, and always give it a tap on the can so that excess paint falls off for a smooth application.