Today I want to share with you some of the tricks and tips we have to save time and labor costs on painting exterior of single family homes. We aren’t the only company to use this method, but I feel through years of trials and methods that this is one of the best practices for painting exteriors.
Here’s the breakdown:
First do all your power washing and prep, covering floors with construction or rosin paper and any walking path you will take. Make sure to cover all windows with plastic, doors, removing lights, etc. Correct and full prep is key to this method as we believe that prepping everything 100% properly saves you countless hours in touch ups at the end of the job and streamlines the process. After prep comes all surface treatment such as caulking and sanding fascia boards, stucco, or doors.
Once we are ready to spray, first thing we like to spray is doors, which would be front door, man doors, side doors, etc.
Next comes spraying the fascia board front facing side. This is a little different than some paint contractors who will spray the eaves and body first, and then roll or brush the fascia last. We like to spray fascia first using a very small tip size (we use a Rac V reversibe 211 size tip). This gives us a very small fan radius of about 3″, which makes the fascia sprayable without getting overspray on the roof or flashings. A skilled sprayer can spray our entire fascia front board in about an hour, which can’t be done when brushing or rolling. This is our trick to saving time on exterior jobs and cutting 2-4 hours of time.
After the fascia is sprayed and dry, we then spray the body and eaves of the house using a larger tip (we typically use a Rac V reversible 515 or 617 size tip). We do not worry about spraying the bottom side of the fascia board as we will take care of any small overspray on that later.
Once the body, eaves, and pop outs or trim colors are finished, we will go back to touch up the bottom underside of the fascia board. It may get some overspray when spraying the body, but the fix is quick and simple. We get a small weenie roller with a large extension pole and roll a new coat of fascia paint on quick. This lets the fascia be free of overspray and body paint, and only takes about 30 minutes to complete.
After that we complete any touch ups, take up all prep work like plastic, paper, and tape, and remove all floor coverings.
The step of spraying fascia first ends up saving a lot of time as you can see, and is the key tip I have for this post. It’s a slightly different order than some other contractors, but we have had great success with it and have saved a lot of labor hours. Try it out on your next project and let us know your results!