Painting the Whole Outside of Your Home vs. Spot Painting – 5 Things to Consider

Exterior Painting

When it comes to home projects, it doesn’t get much bigger and more daunting that painting the outside of your home. It’s a massive undertaking and one that needs to be done correctly otherwise it may end up looking dreadful – and nobody wants to dislike how their house looks on the outside!

Also, there are various reasons as to why you are considering repainting the exterior of your house. For example, it could be due a new fresh coat to help reinvigorate the vibrancy and attractiveness of the building, or there could be some form of damage or stain that looks unsightly and needs to be addressed.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be better off painting the whole outside of your home or it could make more sense just to perform a touch of spot painting. Not sure which one is for you? Here are some things to consider.

1. Do you want to cover something up?

This is one of the easiest ways to determine which painting method is best for your situation. Most spot painting is done to cover up something, be it some superficial damage, an unsightly stain, or even vandalism.

If the only reason you need to paint the exterior it to cover up something that is bothering you, then spot painting is probably a better idea. Taking the time and effort to completely repaint the whole exterior of your home when you just want to cover up a small portion may not be worth it for many people!

2. The size of the job

The size of your home will certainly impact how long it takes to paint, be it a whole repaint or just spot painting specific areas. For example, if you own a multi-story house and are wondering which is easier to complete, it will obviously be spot painting.

Even if you want to paint the entire exterior of a large home, you really should consider how this will impact the task. Large houses could take day or weeks to fully paint, and if you don’t have the time or motivation to complete such a large endeavor then it may not be worth it.

3. Your budget

This is another obvious one – can you afford the resources or services needed for a full repaint? Whether it’s doing it all yourself or outsourcing the work, painting the whole exterior is always going to cost more than a basic touch-up.

If you want your home to look as good as new, with a high-quality paint and professional finish, then you should consider how much you are willing to invest to achieve your goals.

4. Sun exposure

Houses in sunnier climates often require more frequent repaints due to the sun discoloring the paint. This tends to occur heavily on certain sides of the home that face longer stretches of sunlight, meaning one side of the house could be more faded than others.

If this is the case, then spot painting may be a good idea, as not every wall will be an equal match, so there isn’t much need to paint the entire exterior.

5. Leftover paint

Now, if you are considering spot painting using some leftover paint from the last time, be sure to check how much there is! The last thing you want to do is to attempt some touch ups only to run out of matching paint.

This can be especially bad if the paint is quite old and no longer in production – may companies are able to find close matches but it’s difficult to get it identical to the original.

Be sure to take this into consideration or you may have no choice but to paint the whole house if you want the paint to evenly match!

If you are in the Inland Empire (areas in or near Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Canyon Lake, Hemet, San Jacinto, etc.) and have a home or commercial unit that needs painting, contact All American Paint Company through our online form, or call us now at (888) 301-7767.