Published March 18th, 2020 | Updated June 22nd, 2020 | By Mike Monyak, Founder of Mr. Happy House

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Have you ever tried painting a portion of your home or maybe your door and somehow, the paint just starts to fall off a couple of days later?

 

There are many homeowners who try to save money on home costs by simply doing the house painting themselves or hiring the cheapest person to do it for them, then end up regretting it later because the job was done poorly or without any knowledge of painting. 

In this House Painting PRO Guide, I am going to show you a simple painting process we follow when painting the exterior of any residential home.

My name is Mike Monyak, owner and founder of Mr. Happy House, I have been a house painting contractor since 1991 and have completed many interior and exterior painting projects in The Woodlands and Magnolia areas. 

Mr. Happy House is a local business and we have many happy customers in The Woodlands and have an A+ rating on the BBB

As a trusted professional painter, I am here to show you my steps and tricks to painting your home the right way.

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1) Finding the Right Colors for Your Exterior

Some of the nicest looking homes are often painted with two varying colors, for example a tan colored home with dark brown trim, or white with purple, but white often blend in with colonial homes and not exactly the typical homes you would see in neighborhoods in The Woodlands, TX area.

happy painter painting exterior of stucco house in The Woodlands Texas

If you have a fairly new stucco home, then a tan or light color would look better and would match with the area. If your home has siding instead of stucco, then white would not be recommended because it would be harder to sell since people looking for homes in The Woodlands area won’t want to see a completely white colored home. Later in this House Painting PRO Guide, I will show you how to prepare a house painting project right.

If you have trouble with selecting the colors of your home, visit ColorSnap, which is a free paint tool that can be used to test our colors on different areas and different styles of homes.

Now once you have selected the paint color you want, now is time for the tools and equipment.

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2) Tools and Equipment for the Paint Job

Getting the right tools and equipment for the house painting job is very important because you don’t want to turn your dream home into a haunted house, which could happen if you don’t have the right equipment.

Here is exactly what you need:

  • Tarps or Drop Cloths
  • Cleaning Supplies & Rags
  • Paint Brushes and Rollers
  • Buckets
  • Ladder
  • Caulk Gun & Caulk
  • Sandpaper
  • Knives, Hammer, Pry Bar (to take out rotted wood)
  • Air Compressor and Nail
  • Gun (to install new siding if needed)
  • Primer & Paint (preferably Sherwin Williams)
  • Hardie Plank siding and trim (if needed)
  • Putty
  • Paint Sprayer
  • Gloves

3) Preparing Your Home for Painting

Once you have all the tools and equipment listed above, now is time to prepare your exterior home for the painting.

before and after of a soffit and fascia wood rot repair

1) Take Out Rotted Wood

One thing I have noticed in many odd or poorly done paint jobs is that those painters just paint right over rotted wood or old paint, which should never be done because the paint could just peel off. 

You would use a hammer or a pry bar to remove old rotted siding first, then install new siding and nail it, I typically recommend Hardie Plank siding and Hardie Trim (learn more about Hardie Plank Siding here), which does not rot and is much more durable than wood or vinyl siding.

2) Caulking & Hole Filling

Removing Door and inserting polyurethane sealer to keep door sealed during door in place

Once you replaced your siding, you need to caulk any edges and open seams so no moisture or water will come in and ruin your paint job. Caulk open seams and small holes and rub it with our hands from side to side to make it blend in with your siding.

3) Covering Up Your Home

Now is time to cover up your home, not everything but only the areas you will be painting. Cover up any windows and doors with painters plastic, cover any door knobs and electrical sockets with tape and your grass, dirt, or deck (depending where you are painting) with tarps.

4) Time to Finally Paint Your Exterior House

I first recommend painting or applying a primer first or a paint that has a primer and paint in it so that the paint will bond with your siding or stucco. Priming is very important and should always be done before a paint job. 

Paint large areas with a roller and have a bucket of paint to apply it towards the roller for an easy paint job. 

Use small hand brushes for small areas around your windows, doors, soffits, and fascias. 

sanding the deck and preparing for future staining and painting

For stucco homes, I prefer to hand paint because this would increase the bond of the paint which would look better and last longer on your home.

When hand brushing, make sure to use a side to side or up down motion as this will make the paint look better. You don’t want to be painting in all directions.

Remove Tape and Plastic Slowly

Now that everything is done and you have painted the outside or exterior of your house, wait a few hours for the paint to dry and then carefully take off any plastic or tape. 

If you take off the plastic or tape off too fast, it could rip off some paint which would look not so pleasant. If you are a beginner in painting or even an expert, go slowly and don’t try to rush it. A quality job is always better.

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  2. I like how you said that you can easily mess up your house if you try to paint it without the right equipment. I think it is extremely important for homeowners to have a house that looks great so it can be sold easily. It would be nice to put a powder coating on it so it lasts longer but I’d want a professional to do it for me.

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The Woodlands, TX
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"Mike has been great at getting our siding and trim repaired on the exterior of our house. He was very thorough and the completed work is fantastic."
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The Woodlands, TX
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"2nd time work with Mike and his wonderful crew. They worked so hard to paint our whole house perfectly. We are so impressed with how fast and how flawless they got the job done. We really appreciate all of them! Yay for Mike and Mr. Happy House!"
Ashley Donaldson
Ashley Donaldson
Spring, TX
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"Mike was great to work with. He explained all that needed to be done to install a quality roof that would last. Had other quotes but other contractors were not as informative and did not include everything that was needed. Mike’s crew was courteous, did an excellent job and completed the work in a timely fashion. If you are not familiar with working with insurance adjusters be sure Mike meets with them when you set up a meeting. This was helpful in my case and made the claims process run smoothly. I am very pleased 😀 with his service and recommend him to my neighbors of which two have used him across from my home."
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Spring, TX
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"Mike and his crew are top notch. Honest and detail oriented. Customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship are outstanding!!! Very satisfied with our new roof!!!"
Mark Rodrigues
Mark Rodrigues
The Woodlands, TX
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"My house needed new siding, soffits, and fascia. After seeing another job Mike had done, I requested an estimate. The pricing was fair to me, so he went to work. Everything was completed with Hardie products. The house was painted to my desires and I can honestly say I am more than happy. He paid great attention to the details and ensured the work was of the highest quality. The next time I need work done, I will be contacting Mr. Happy House."
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Tomball, TX
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"Very impressive! I needed to have my house roof replaced. I am very glad, very grateful, and very satisfied that I chose Mr. Happy House for this job in July 2018. The crew was thorough in planning, removing old shingles, hammering new ones, examining the roof for trouble spots and attending to them on-the-spot, and cleaning up as the work completed. Mike Monyak and his entire team are professional, attentive, fair, competent and courteous; they did exceptionally well what they contracted to do. I trusted my roof upgrade with Mr. Happy House and will confidently use this company as the need arises in the future."
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Conroe, TX
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"I had Mr. Happy House replace my wood siding with Hardy Plank Siding. Mike and his team did an excellent job replacing the siding and with the great paint job. They offered great suggestions and really paid attention to detail. I highly recommend Mr. Happy House! Nice job and thank you Mike and taam! Ken B"
Brittney Duffy
Brittney Duffy
The Woodlands, TX
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"Mike with Mr. Happy House has been our go-to contractor in The Woodlands for 10-15 years. Hiring a contractor can be anxiety-provoking, but Mike is a true professional. It is always a relief knowing the work will be done right the first time. Mike also takes the time to listen and is very thorough in explaining what needs to be done and offering alternative options available. Over the years, we’ve been so happy with Mike’s services that we’ve hired Mr. Happy House for fencing, roof replacement, fascia and soffit replacement, rotted exterior window frame replacement, exterior house painting, pressure washing, and other home maintenance. If you’re looking for a professional, knowledgeable contractor, don’t hesitate to give Mike with Mr. Happy House a call!"
Misty Hanna
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The Woodlands, TX
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"Mike was awesome. He came out quickly, listened to what we wanted done and came back with a very comprehensive quote for us. He gave us the time we needed without being pushy to decided if this was the right move for us. He was upfront and honest about what needed to be done and the cost. He and his crew worked quickly, efficiently and did a great job. I highly recommend if you need work done to give him a call."
Jeremy C.
Jeremy C.
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Very great work, Mike has been very helpful in fixing the damages on the outside of my house and they have done a great job in painting my garage's exterior. Mike was able to answer all of my questions regarding the problems that needed to get fixed. Mr. Happy House has repaired the damages on my house and also made my house look very nice too. I will definitely recommend him my neighbors."
Mike Sorenson
Mike Sorenson
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"I called Mike to help fix a leak in my ceiling. He diagnosed the problem and also quoted replacing the remaining aging wood we had on our house, as well as replace the chimney top. His quote was fair so we decided to knock it all out. His team is professional and finished the job quickly. He also fixed my fence gate and power washed my driveway, patio and sidewalk along with the house. I plan to use him in the future for other projects."
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Susan Sellers
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The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"I called Mr Happy House after reading the great reviews, and I was not disappointed! Mike and his crews are extremely professional and conscientious. They performed various outdoor repairs including power washing, repaired my Hardie Siding, repaired squirrel damage on the roof, and painted my entire house. Mike oversaw every aspect of the job and made sure everything was perfect. The price was very reasonable, and I will definitely be calling Mr Happy House for future jobs!"
Liz Blasingame
Liz Blasingame
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike has been great at getting our siding and trim repaired on the exterior of our house. He was very thorough and the completed work is fantastic."
Dior Xu
Dior Xu
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"2nd time work with Mike and his wonderful crew. They worked so hard to paint our whole house perfectly. We are so impressed with how fast and how flawless they got the job done. We really appreciate all of them! Yay for Mike and Mr. Happy House!"
Ashley Donaldson
Ashley Donaldson
Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike was great to work with. He explained all that needed to be done to install a quality roof that would last. Had other quotes but other contractors were not as informative and did not include everything that was needed. Mike’s crew was courteous, did an excellent job and completed the work in a timely fashion. If you are not familiar with working with insurance adjusters be sure Mike meets with them when you set up a meeting. This was helpful in my case and made the claims process run smoothly. I am very pleased 😀 with his service and recommend him to my neighbors of which two have used him across from my home."
Bradley Faldyn
Bradley Faldyn
Spring, TX
Read More
"Mike and his crew are top notch. Honest and detail oriented. Customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship are outstanding!!! Very satisfied with our new roof!!!"
Mark Rodrigues
Mark Rodrigues
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"My house needed new siding, soffits, and fascia. After seeing another job Mike had done, I requested an estimate. The pricing was fair to me, so he went to work. Everything was completed with Hardie products. The house was painted to my desires and I can honestly say I am more than happy. He paid great attention to the details and ensured the work was of the highest quality. The next time I need work done, I will be contacting Mr. Happy House."
Bradley Utz
Bradley Utz
Tomball, TX
Read More
"Very impressive! I needed to have my house roof replaced. I am very glad, very grateful, and very satisfied that I chose Mr. Happy House for this job in July 2018. The crew was thorough in planning, removing old shingles, hammering new ones, examining the roof for trouble spots and attending to them on-the-spot, and cleaning up as the work completed. Mike Monyak and his entire team are professional, attentive, fair, competent and courteous; they did exceptionally well what they contracted to do. I trusted my roof upgrade with Mr. Happy House and will confidently use this company as the need arises in the future."
Ken Baird
Ken Baird
Conroe, TX
Read More
"I had Mr. Happy House replace my wood siding with Hardy Plank Siding. Mike and his team did an excellent job replacing the siding and with the great paint job. They offered great suggestions and really paid attention to detail. I highly recommend Mr. Happy House! Nice job and thank you Mike and taam! Ken B"
Brittney Duffy
Brittney Duffy
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike with Mr. Happy House has been our go-to contractor in The Woodlands for 10-15 years. Hiring a contractor can be anxiety-provoking, but Mike is a true professional. It is always a relief knowing the work will be done right the first time. Mike also takes the time to listen and is very thorough in explaining what needs to be done and offering alternative options available. Over the years, we’ve been so happy with Mike’s services that we’ve hired Mr. Happy House for fencing, roof replacement, fascia and soffit replacement, rotted exterior window frame replacement, exterior house painting, pressure washing, and other home maintenance. If you’re looking for a professional, knowledgeable contractor, don’t hesitate to give Mike with Mr. Happy House a call!"
Misty Hanna
Misty Hanna
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Mike was awesome. He came out quickly, listened to what we wanted done and came back with a very comprehensive quote for us. He gave us the time we needed without being pushy to decided if this was the right move for us. He was upfront and honest about what needed to be done and the cost. He and his crew worked quickly, efficiently and did a great job. I highly recommend if you need work done to give him a call."
Jeremy C.
Jeremy C.
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"Very great work, Mike has been very helpful in fixing the damages on the outside of my house and they have done a great job in painting my garage's exterior. Mike was able to answer all of my questions regarding the problems that needed to get fixed. Mr. Happy House has repaired the damages on my house and also made my house look very nice too. I will definitely recommend him my neighbors."
Mike Sorenson
Mike Sorenson
The Woodlands, TX
Read More
"I called Mike to help fix a leak in my ceiling. He diagnosed the problem and also quoted replacing the remaining aging wood we had on our house, as well as replace the chimney top. His quote was fair so we decided to knock it all out. His team is professional and finished the job quickly. He also fixed my fence gate and power washed my driveway, patio and sidewalk along with the house. I plan to use him in the future for other projects."
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7 Responses

  1. Hello. I am so very happy that click these websites. When I’ve to click this I’d see a useful content a Positive article which can help me so,. The most thing that can feel me happy. Thank you so much for these Tips.

  2. I like how you said that you can easily mess up your house if you try to paint it without the right equipment. I think it is extremely important for homeowners to have a house that looks great so it can be sold easily. It would be nice to put a powder coating on it so it lasts longer but I’d want a professional to do it for me.

  3. Thanks for posting this useful information over here; I really hope it will be helpful to many to know about the house painting pro guide. Appreciative content!! I loved reading this article.

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