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. 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. 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. Step 3

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


  1. 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. 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 Color Consistency

  1. 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. Step 2

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

Drips and Spills

  1. 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. 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 (2"-2½")
  • Bucket
  • Bucket Grid
  • Extension Pole
  • Nylon Gloves
  • Ladder
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Roller Cover and Frame
  • Rags
  • Drop Cloths
  • Roller Frame
  • Stir Stick
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