Tips for painting a home exterior
- Exterior Preparation
One of the greatest mistakes a homeowner can make is prepping a home improperly. If you miss this most important step you are simply wasting time and money. To insure you have a good start, power wash the home a full week before the other work is to begin. This will ensure ample drying time. When power washing start with the tallest surfaces first and work your way down. After this process is done, scrape away any loose paint with a scraper.
- Smooth down rough edges
When finished scraping the paint, sanding down some of the rough edges with sandpaper will provide the best end result. If you use an electric sander for tougher jobs, make sure you use the correct grit of sandpaper. Heavier grits may make the finish even worse. With any type of sanding wear a mask. Houses built before 1978 could contain lead paint. Please check for proper safety guideline on http://www.epa.gov
3. Use a Primer
Use an exterior primer for any new or existing bare wood. This is an absolute must for adequate preparation. If any areas seem to be chalking or breaking down this process should be completed on those areas as well.
4. Replace soft or rotten wood
Check the exterior for soft or warped pieces of wood. It is very important these areas be replaced. An area that is soft tends to spread. Make sure all of the lower edges of wood get a coat of primer where they begin to swell.
5. Caulking the home
Locate any gaps or cracks where water can enter the home. Caulk these areas to ensure they do not deteriorate. With caulking, it is important to buy a better grade of caulk. I prefer to use a urethane based sealant for a long life.
6. Applying paint
The best finish for an exterior is using a brush and roller. This works the paint into the surface of the home and provides a more unified appearance. Pay very close attention to the areas they eyes do not see. It is those areas that are often missed time and time again. Paint the lower edge of the siding to prevent swelling and extend the life. Sometimes two coats of paint are needed. For a more durable finish, consider using a sheen on an exterior other than flat.
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