It may seem obvious, but when you're painting outside, you want to start at the top and work down. Even the best painters using the best paints have drips, splatter and occasional spills. Make sure you try to follow the painting order below.


Ceilings (under eaves, porch and overhang ceilings)

  • Paint a 2-inch wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall.
     
  • Work across the short side to maintain a wet edge.
     

Walls

  • Use a roller or brush (depending on the surface).
     
  • Start at the top of the wall and work horizontally on horizontal siding and vertically on vertical siding.
     

Trim

  • Paint all molding, shutters, windows and doors.
     

Floor (porches and decks)

  • Start in a corner diagonally opposite the exit.
     
  • Paint a 2-inch wide strip on the floor where it meets the wall.
     
  • Start in a corner and work across the short side to maintain a wet edge.