Giving the chimney a fresh coat of paint is something every home owner can do. But, while it sound easy enough, there are a couple snags you need to prepare for before you begin.
- Buy enough paint. There’s nothing worse than almost finishing a job and running out of paint. By buying something off the shelf (not custom mixed) you can buy more than you need and return what you don’t use later!
- Start at the top. How are you going to get up there? Do you need to scale the roof (I did, haha), or can you buy a roller extender pole that will reach high enough to coat the whole thing? What about trim-work? Thinking this through before you start can save a mountain of headaches.
- Safety First. Work with a buddy– especially if you need to get on the roof. My dad and I came up with a system using the paint roller extender pole to pass the roller up to me. He would load it with paint, screw it onto the rod, send it up and I would unscrew it and paint away. It really worked nicely. He also helped talk me through getting off the roof (going backwards onto a ladder = not easy).
With a little preplanning, you’ll have a fresh coat of paint on your chimney in no time flat. We finished mine in a little over an hour!
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