How to Paint the House Body

Painting the body of your home may seem daunting, but a little patience and a vision of the finished project will spur you on to completion.

For Best Results:

Remember that the technique for painting the body of your home varies slightly depending on the surface type.  Make sure to review the how-to steps specific to your surface: either masonry/stucco or siding.

Do not apply excessive pressure to a surface to try to squeeze more paint out of your brush or roller.  Reload with paint as necessary and let the tools do the work.

Masonry or Stucco

  1. Cut in.

    Step 1

    Start at the top corner of the project area, and cut in a three- to four-inch wide area around the perimeter with a brush.

  2. Roll paint onto surface.

    Step 2

    Working in a three-by-three area, apply a "W"-shaped pattern toward the top of your wall, or the section to be painted.

  3. Continue rolling.

    Step 3

    Start filling in the width of the "W" pattern, from top to bottom, and continue until the area is completely covered.


  1. Cut in on siding.

    Step 1

    Start in the top corner of the project. Cut in a three- to four-inch wide area around the perimeter with a brush, including any grooved or lapped areas.

  2. Paint siding.

    Step 2

    Then, place a loaded roller near one corner of your project, approximately three to four inches from where you cut in.  Roll side-to-side, or top-to-bottom, following the direction of the siding, until complete.

Ensure Colour Consistency

  1. Painting in the edge.

    Step 1

    When you are nearing the end of one container of paint, find a natural break in your project, such as a corner or the end of a section of trim.

  2. Mix paint form one can into second of same color.

    Step 2

    Open a second container and mix it into the paint from the first container.  Stir well.

Drips and Spills

  1. Feather out drips with a brush.

    Step 1

    If you have a drip on a painted surface that's still wet, you can feather it out using your brush, or gently roll over the drip with your roller.

  2. Remove dried on paint with a scraper.

    Step 2

    If drips are dried, you may have to scrape the drip off and touch up the spot with fresh paint. Do not pull the drip. Instead, scrape and sand the area.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Brush 5.1 - 6.4 cm (2"-2½")


    Bucket Grid

    Extension Pole

    Nylon Gloves


    Paint Can Opener

    Paint Tray

    Paint Tray Liner

    Roller Cover and Frame


    Drop Cloths

    Roller Frame

    Stir Stick

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