I'm about to set about painting the exterior of my house. Its a end
terrace house with roughcast :o(
Whats the best way to get a straight dividing line between me and my
neighbour? I thought I could just use a small brush and take my time at
the edge but because of the roughcast it will no doubt not be perfect.
I thought I might just put a straight edge of something (probably wood)
up the wall and take a flat head screw driver down the edge to break of
a thin line of the stone and hence allow me to get a neater looking line.
Is there a professional solution to this?
Like the other guy said, masking tape, but use the blue painter's tape. Use
a long level to make pencil marks, and then apply the tape. BUT....sometimes
what's level doesn't always look straight, relative to nearby lines of
reference. So, take the time to stand back and eyeball the tape line. You
might find that you want to VERY slightly slant the line.
Oh yeah, forgot to ask - I was thinking about adding some upva solution
to the paint to help seal the building. Is this a waste of time or good
practice? (The paint is proper Delux exterior paint)
Also, someone suggested waiting until the warmer weather or the cold
building might spoil the paint and need redone in a few years. ANy truth
The key to a good paint job is prep, prep, prep, prep...
Pressure wash, wire brush, TSP, and pressure wash again. Calk and tuck
as needed. Paint. If you use an airless, backroll. Cut in the trim.
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Build a guide for your circular saw and use a diamond blade or possibly
carbide. That way you could saw a dividing line across the face of the
stone. As always, wear goggles and cover the shrubs as this will produce a
lot of dust.
Don't modify any paint formulas without testing. It doesn't soound like you
have a decade or so to monitor the results.
Take the suggestions from the label on your "Delux" paint. Even garbage
paint needs some reasonable temperature to flash, dry or cure (you pick the
term you want).
Masking tape allows some paint to bleed under. Apply the tape,
then apply a very thin bead of caulk along the line, wipe it
really tight. The caulk will prevent the paint from bleeding under
the tape. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet.
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If it's not already painted, I would think twice about doing so.
You are creating an ongoing maintenance issue of repainting it.
If you are just doing this because the roughcast is dirty, then
you're going to have to clean it first anyway, so stop after
doing that and have a rethink if you really want to embark on
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