Time will Tell
When is it time to repaint the exterior of your home? Most experts would say every five to ten years, depending on the climate and exposure. If you want a more specific answer, look to see if the finish has dulled, or collected a dusting of powdery pigment. Both are telltale signs that it’s time to repaint.

Fall Fever
Spring-cleaning often extends to the outside of your home, making spring a favorite time for repainting. But fall is great painting weather as well—and you have a better chance of finding an available painter, if you need to hire help. Optimum painting temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit and below 90, when weather is dry and there’s no rain in the forecast.

Dry 'em Out
If you use rags to apply paint thinner or other solvents, make sure to spread them out on the ground to dry when you’re done. If they’re still wet by the end of the day, soak them in a bucket of water. Solvent-soaked rags can generate enough heat to spontaneously combust if left in a heap without cleaning.