Before the exterior of your home can be painted, it must be prepped. Failing to prep your home before painting it can result in many problems, such as the paint not adhering to your home, causing it to peel away, or your paint not lasting as long as it is designed to. Before painting on your home can begin, here are five things that need to occur first.
Pressure or Power Wash the Exterior’s Surface
The first and most important step you must take prior to painting the exterior of your home is pressuring washing your home’s exterior surface. This will remove cobwebs, dirt and debris. Doing this ensures that the paint will adhere and prolong the life of the paint job. One more thing to consider is looking for mildew; if any is found, you can wash it away with bleach. This is the only way to remove mildew.
Scrape Away Loose and Chipping Paint
After a thorough cleaning, inspect the exterior of the house for any loose or chipping paint. A scraper will work but you may also want to use a wire brush or 80-100 grain sandpaper. This ensures a smooth surface so the paint can bond with the surface.
Repair Any Flaws or Damage
Once the surface has been smoothed and scraped, inspect the home for any flaws or damage. Using a patching material designed for your type of home exterior material and a putty knife, apply a thin layer over the damage. Then allow it to dry, prior to sanding it down to make even with the rest of the surface. When sanding, you are going to want to use a higher grain of sand paper. 220 grain can work here.
Re-Caulk and Re-Seal
Depending on the wear and tear of the current caulking, you may or may not have to re-caulk. If it is necessary to re-caulk you are going to want to clean the surface with rubbing alcohol, or any household cleaner, and a wire brush. This will ensure any oils or residue are removed. Once all soap, grease, dirt and debris has been removed, you can begin to caulk. You are going to want to use paintable caulk. Apply a thin bead of caulk around the area and allow it to dry for 24 hours.
Tape, Cover and Set-Up Drop Cloths
Once the other steps have been completed, you can now prep for paint. Tape and cover any areas where you do not want to paint, such as around windows. Proceed with placing drop clothes over your concrete and plants before beginning to paint your home’s exterior.
Painting the exterior of your home yourself is a large project. It involves prepping the home and then painting it. If you want your home to look its best, it is advised that you hire a professional to paint your home for you. Here at Tar Heel Painters, we can help you with all of your painting needs. Contact us today to obtain an estimate and let us transform the exterior of your home.