When planning your next exterior project, you must understand that different surfaces require different approaches to achieve the best results. If you need some help understanding the requirements of various exterior surfaces, here’s a guide on how to approach an exterior painting project based on type.

Understanding Various Exterior Surfaces Types


Wood Surfaces

Wood surfaces, such as cedar siding or trim, are commonly used in many homes. Before painting, it is crucial to prepare the surface properly by scraping any loose or flaking paint, sanding the surfaces smoothly, and filling any cracks or holes. It is also necessary to use a high-quality primer to ensure adhesion and durability. When painting, use a brush or roller, and apply the paint in the direction of the wood grain. You should also slightly overlap each stroke to guarantee coverage. Lastly, two coats of paint are recommended for a long-lasting finish on wooden surfaces.

For wooden surfaces, you must:

  • Prepare the Surfaces
  • Use a High-Quality Primer
  • Paint in the direction of the Grain
  • Overlap each Stroke during Paint Application
  • Paint at least Two Coats

Metal Surfaces

Metal surfaces, such as metal doors or railings, require a specific type of paint. Before painting, assess the condition of the surfaces and remove any rust or corrosion using a wire brush or sandpaper. To further prepare your metal surfaces, take it a step further by applying a rust-inhibiting primer to ensure adhesion and protection against future rusting. During paint application, choose a high-quality paint designed specifically for metal surfaces, and apply two coats for best results.

For Metal Surfaces, you must:

  • Remove Rust and Corrosion with a Wire Brush
  • Apply Rust-Inhibiting Primer
  • Use Paint Specific to Metal Surfaces
  • Apply Two Coats

Stucco Surfaces

Stucco surfaces, such as exterior walls and decorative features, require special attention to prevent peeling or cracking. Before painting, ensure the surface is clean and free of loose or flaking stucco. You also need to apply a bonding agent or primer designed for stucco surfaces before painting to improve adhesion. When painting, use a roller or sprayer for a smooth and even coat and work in small sections to prevent the paint from drying too quickly.

For Stucco Surfaces, you must:

  • Ensure the Surfaces are Free of Loose or Flaking Stucco
  • Apply a Bonding Agent or Primer
  • Use a Roller or Sprayer for an Even Coat
  • Work in Small Sections