Painting a modular home is quite tricky because it carries two challenging elements which are absent when painting traditional homes. These elements are caused by that fact that modular homes are rarely faced with wood and their walls are usually higher than those of traditional homes. Their walls are sided with paint unfriendly materials like aluminum and vinyl. Nevertheless, it is still possible to paint a modular home and make it more attractive. It is advisable to plan your budget with relatively a longer period of time preferably twice the time that would be taken to paint a similar home faced with wood. With all that being said, here is how to paint a modular home.
Painting the exterior and the interior
1) Exterior painting: It is more time consuming than the interior because of the complexity of exterior structures. This should not discourage you because you can make aluminum siding on it to give it a brand new look. Proper preparation of the siding before painting makes your paint job look professional. In addition, learning how to paint and clean the exterior siding will really save you effort and time.
2) Interior painting: Interior walls on the other hand require proper preparation before being painted. The preparation is different from that of a standard home because the surface may be uneven. Uneven surfaces are covered with a liner paper which are them primed and painted. These coverings are economical and allow the homeowner to save money for other projects. The following are tips and instructions on how to paint a modular home inside and out.
Painting the outside of a modular home
Tools needed: Drop cloths, masking tape, newspaper, air filter mask, paint sprayer and 5-gullon bucket.
1) Identify the type of material used to face your home to know the type of rated primer that will adhere to it. Some materials like vinyl are hard to paint using dry cloth. They require a strong sprayer that you can rent or buy from your home improvement center.
2) Put the drop cloths on the ground outside your home although you can move them as you finish each section if they are not enough.
3) Run a masking tape line between any point sections that you don’t want to paint. You may then tap sections of newspapers to the walls for large areas like doors and windows. This outline will give a clear idea of the areas to paint and prevent paint from splashing into areas like the windows.
4) Put on an air filter mask and fill the reservoir of your paint with the primer.
5) Spray a solid coat of primer over the surface of the sections that you want to paint. You may use long strokes to make sure the paint spreads to the entire section before stopping. You can stand over a bucket if you have trouble reaching the top row.
6) Allow the primer to dry while filling the reservoir of the sprayer with regular paint. At times you may need to clean the primer first especially if the sprayer has only one reservoir.
7) Spray a paint coating on the siding the same way you did with the primer.
8) Allow the paint to dry and add the second coat if necessary.
Painting the walls
Things you will need: Heavy duty scrub brush, non-phosphate detergent, water, ammonia and tape measure.
1) Put the power to walls and switches off and remove the molding from the ceiling and floors.
2) Wash the walls with a solution water, ammonia and detergent. You may use a liner adhesive because it functions better on clean walls. Make sure the windows are opened to dry thoroughly.
3) Measure wall dimensions to get the footage of the liner paper that you will install at the bottom of the wall against the baseboard, in the middle of the wall and along the top of the wall against the ceiling.
4) Cut the liner using a utility knife and cover the wall in 3 sections.
5) Use a quality acrylic paper to cover the panels and let it dry.
6) Use a paint roller and paint brush to paint large areas and corners of the liner respectively.
7) Place the liners to their respective areas and press them firmly against the wall with your hands. Soften them by running a smoothing brush over them in a horizontal direction.
8) Wipe the walls with a damp sponge and allow them to dry for about 36 hours.
9) Paint the walls with a coat of the primer using paint roller and paint brush.
10) Allow the primer to dry and finalize by painting the walls with a top coat using your favorite paint and color.
11) Allow the paint to dry and add the second coat if necessary.