Painting Soffits and Fascia

 
 

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

 

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


WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:

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Step 1: Paint the soffit trim and the edges of the soffit panels with a corner roller or sash brush

Paint the soffit trim and the edges of the soffit panels

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: Use the correct paint brush to get started

Use a corner roller or a sash brush to paint the bottom edges of the soffit trim

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

  

Step 3: Paint the fascia next, then the gutters and downspout outlets

Paint the fascia next, gutters and downspout outlets

Don't forget to paint the bottoms of the fascia - few things are more disheartening than putting away the ladder and looking up to see the job isn't complete.