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Painting Soffits and Fascia

 
 

Soffits are the flat areas right under the eaves. It may seem like they're tucked away and protected from the weather, but they collect a lot of dirt and gunk along the way and they're a favorite hangout for bees' nests and spider webs. Make sure soffits are clean before painting them.

 

Fasciae are the flat boards that run right in front of the soffits. They're exposed to all kinds of weather, so you'll want to use a durable exterior trim paint.


 

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Step 1: Paint the soffit trim and panels

Paint the soffit trim and panels

Paint the soffit trim and the edges of the soffit panels with a corner roller or sash brush. Always paint the horizontal surfaces before you tackle the vertical ones - little mistakes won't be as noticeable that way. After the edges are painted, paint the soffit panels with a 4-inch brush, blending in at the edges.

  

Step 2: Paint the bottom edges of soffit

Paint the bottom edges of soffit

Using a corner roller or a sash brush, making sure you paint the bottom edges of the soffit trim before you paint the broad faces.

  

Step 3: Paint the fasciae, gutters and downspouts

Paint the fasciae, gutters and downspouts

Paint the fasciae next, then the gutters and downspout outlets. Don't forget to paint the bottoms of the fasciae - few things are more disheartening than putting away the ladder and looking up to see the job isn't complete.