5 Steps Before you Paint your Home Exterior

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You love your home. There’s something about it that keeps you falling in love with it over and over again. But after years of living in it, things have changed. The walls have become faded. The carpet is stained. And the decor needs updating.

Although not the easiest of projects, painting your home doesn’t have to be impossible. The right preparations make painting your home easier and last longer.

 

Step 1 Before you Paint: Prep

 

To start off your new project, make sure that the surfaces you are working with are clean. Clean surfaces allow for an easier time painting and improved color and longevity. With Pressure Washing you can remove old paint debris and dirt. For peeling paint that does not come off with the pressure washer, use a scraper to remove the residue. If the paint is still intact, scraping the surface is not necessary since you can sand and paint over it.

 

Be aware of the amount of pressure used during this cleaning. For those with wooden homes, using too much pressure could gouge and permanently damage the wood. Those with stucco homes should be aware of etching into the siding as well as curing times to avoid application problems later.

 

Make sure to wash your home right or use a professional cleaning service to avoid damage, water leakage, and breakage from a pressure washer from an untrained hand.

 

Step 2 Before you Paint: Patch

 

After cleaning, it’s time to repair the exterior of your home. If the caulk around door frames and windows is old remove and replace it. Make sure that you re-caulk all surface flaws and trims with a paintable exterior caulk.

 

For those working with wooden homes, replace any wood that shows signs of rotting. Fill any abrasions. And sand the surfaces to prepare for priming.

 

For those working on stucco homes, patch up chipped areas with new stucco. Make sure to give the new stucco time to cure properly before sealing with paint. Allowing the stucco to set properly removes the possibility of cracks and a grainy finish. As well as increase the longevity of the paint.

 

Step 3 Before you Paint: Protect

 

Now that you’ve cleaned and patched the exterior it’s time to protect the parts that you won’t paint. Cover windows, doors, and outlets to protect them from the paint. For lawns and shrubs, cover with drop cloths instead of plastic tarps. This will keep the landscape from paint exposure as well as burning under the plastic in the sun. Be cautious not to get paint on the window surfaces, if you do however, most professional window cleaning services can remove it for you without scratching the window.

 

Step 4 Before you Paint: Prime

 

After covering all surfaces that will not be painted, you’ll need to prime your home. For the best results, use a quality sealer to prime your home. It creates the perfect surface for painting by locking everything in place. Everything consisting of the caulk, repairs, as well as dust which does not allow for paint to stick to surfaces. Be aware of drying times, and wait until it’s completely dry before starting the painting process.

 

Step Five: Paint

 

Now your home is prepped, it’s time to start painting. Make sure to use a higher quality paint for better colors and longevity. Gather up your materials- whether it be rollers, sprayers, etc- and get painting!

 

 

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