Before you embark on painting the exteriors of your home, painters will attempt to have them prepped up by cleaning them first. They will also avoid applying paint on dirty surfaces or on other defective areas. To ensure that your exterior paintwork is perfect, most professional painters will follow these guidelines.
1. Repair or Replace Rotten Materials
Before commencing painting, a professional painter will first inspect the exteriors to see what needs to be repaired or replaced. They will look for spoilt shingles, siding and rotting wood. With time, wood rots and weakens the structure of your home. When you make a decision to paint the outside of your home, be prepared to repair or replace defective materials such as wood and other structures.
2. Scrape or Sand the Surface
Sanding or scraping your surfaces removes loose paint or any paint that is peeling off. This should include old, chipped paint. Use a paint scraper or a wire brush to get rid of loose paint. You should also use a power sander or sandpaper to smooth any rough wooden surfaces. For heavy amounts of old paint, use an electric paint remover to remove the paint from the wall. Doing this will give you polished, nicely painted exteriors that will make your home look like new.
3. Clean Surfaces Thoroughly
This exercise should not only get rid of mould and mildew, but it should also clean any loose particles and dust on your surfaces. In some cases, cleaning your exterior surfaces is the only preparation you will need. You can use a hose to wash the walls, while a wire brush should be able to scrape off stubborn dirt. Some warm soapy water should also help.
If the dirt proves to be too stubborn, a power washer can come in handy. As you clean the surfaces, wash them from top to bottom and allow the surfaces enough time to dry before you start painting. All this is important if you want to have a smooth, evenly-painted exterior.
4. Repair Cracks and Other Imperfections
With time, cracks appear on your building surfaces. To prevent further damage, seal cracks before painting the outside of your house.
5. Choose the Right Season
Avoid painting during extreme weather periods such as when it’s too hot or too cold. Besides the discomfort of painting during these times, extreme temperatures could ruin your paint job. Ideally, consider painting in early autumn or late spring. You also don’t want to paint during the rainy season.
6. Use a Primer on the Surface
You might want to use a primer before you can commence painting. A primer will give your surface a good foundation to allow your paint to spread more smoothly and last longer as well. It also protects your exterior walls from the vagaries of the weather. If you are painting on new wood or changing to a new colour, using a primer is highly recommended. However, choose your primer carefully as the type of paint also determines what type of primer to use.
7. Estimate How Much Paint You Require
Before you commence painting, you need to have figured out the amount of paint you will use to avoid running out of paint before the job is done. The amount of paint to use on a particular is always indicated on the paint can. Always add an extra gallon or two to cover underestimation. Other factors to determine the amount of paint you will require include the texture of various surfaces such as that of shingles, which absorb more paint.
Painting the outer surfaces of your home can make your home spring back to life and take its rightful place amidst other homes in your neighbourhood. However, for that well-done finish, you will need to observe a few tips such as those highlighted above.