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What Tools Do You Need Before Painting Your Home Exterior



What Tools Do You Need Before Painting Your Home Exterior

Unless you have a good reason to make your house as inconspicuous and average-looking as possible, (you’re a meth dealer or have committed war crimes in a country halfway across the world) painting your house exterior can be an excellent way to not only make it look prettier but also protect it against weather and the tooth of time, as well.

Indeed, a well-painted house stands amidst your street as a pearl does in …, ehrm that shell where pearls usually are! That said, painting the entire exterior of your house can be a daunting task, especially if you’re ill-prepared for the whole endeavor.

In this article, we’ll offer a brief rundown of the tools you need to make this happen as efficiently as possible.

Right then, without further ado, here are the deal folks.


The art of cutting down the time you’ll need to invest in order to successfully paint your house exterior to a great extent lies in proper, prudent preparation.

Just think about it.

Do you want to paint your house exterior OR paint your house exterior, your driveway, your windows, the clothes on the washing line, and your dog? Many people make the mistake of trusting their gentle touch with the brush way too much and then end up with nasty drips and spills all over their backyard.

To prevent this disastrous and irritating turn of events, make sure to spread some old clothes or a similar means of protection against these spills, and then start working only after you’ve ensured all of the points of interest are well-protected.

Scaffolding & Ladders

Unless you’re freakishly tall and can reach the top of your house without a ladder, then go ahead and don’t get a ladder. (But then again, if you’re living in a multi-story house, you might need one after all.)

You know what, to be on the safe side – do get a ladder. They’re not that expensive and you can use them for years to come. Now, in the case of the aforementioned multi-story situation, you might also want to get a personnel lift. Well, since it’s a tough chance you’ve got one in your garage, you can simply hire it from a company like Universal Mobile Tower Hire. They’ll come to your house and all, you don’t have to worry about it.

Crowbars, Hammers, and Everything in Between

Although a crowbar isn’t exactly the first tool you think of when it comes to the delicate task of painting your house, you might need it more than you think.

The thing is, painting your house exterior is not just about chucking a pail of paint onto a wall and calling it a day. Instead, as a part of the preparatory process, you’ll need to check the ‘health’ of your wooden constructions and other parts of your house that may have fallen victim to some wear & tear over the years.

This may, in some cases, mean that you’ll need to take down some compromised parts and build new ones. For example, wooden structures can become rotten from the inside, so there’s no use applying a new layer of paint unless you replace them first.

Sanders and Scrapers

Speaking of the devil (meaning the wood), if the construction you’ve checked is in sufficiently good health to be treated to a new layer of paint, you’ll first need to get rid of the remnants of the old one.

This is a fairly slow process, but ultimately not too physically demanding, so if you venture to arm yourself with patience and a couple of scrapers and sanders, you’ll get it done in no time at all.

Once you’ve removed the old paint and made sure the surface of the wood is now as smooth as a baby’s butt, you can proceed with other steps.


All things considered, whatever handyman’s task you want to accomplish outdoors – you’re going to need proper tools for the job. Heck, even if it’s trekking or traveling on your own, you should always be well-equipped with some pieces of cutting edge contraptions and gadgetry! The point is, whether it’s averting an immediate bear attack or painting your house, knowing that you’re optimally prepared for the task at hand will give you the air of confidence to tackle it head on and accomplish what you need thoroughly and efficiently.

Ron Wolf is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.