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Expert advice on exterior painting, selecting the right house paint, DIY painting tips and advice for dealing with common outdoor paint problems.

When it comes to improving your home, one of the quickest, easiest, and least expensive ways to make a significant impact is to paint. Nothing revives weatherworn siding or adds a touch of style better than a new paint job. Painting can be like an instant renovation.

But where do you start? And what type of paint should you choose? Latex? Alkyd? Something else? The type of siding on your home can make a big difference in your selection. Paints have changed dramatically over the past few years so it is smart to stay on top of current recommendations. (In the section on Paint & Equipment, you’ll find help with this decision.)

Should you do the work yourself? This is another big decision. The cost of having a house painted is largely labor.

If you do it yourself, you can save significantly, but you’ll need time and some muscle. And you may need a little direction in the proper techniques. You’ll find help with this facet of the job in the articles below.

Also See:

Painting or Staining Siding & Trim

How to Fix House Paint Problems

How to Paint a House

Featured Resource: Find a Pre-Screened Local Home Exterior Painting Pro

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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  1. There are some really valuable articles here. So many people decide they are capable of painting their house without doing any preparatory research first. You’d be surprised at how many people just dip their brush in a bucket and go. YIKES. These how-to’s can really prevent costly mistakes!


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