Exterior Painting Guide: A Few Things That Everyone Should Know

You are thinking about hiring an exterior painting service because you want to renovate your home and give it more curb appeal. However, you want to do something simple that doesn’t necessarily require professional assistance. This is perfectly understandable, and we want to help guide you through the process. You can also contact one of our painters at any time if you have any qualms about undergoing your own DIY home painting project.

Preparation

Preparation is a multi-step process that you can never overlook. This includes having to scrub down your home and remove any dirt or residue off it that will affect the way the paint adheres to your exteriors. We recommend that you use a pressure washer for a more effective cleaning process. However, if you don’t have any experience using this device, then you would use a regular hose and scrub brush.

Scraping and sanding are the next steps in the process. This will require you to remove any paint that is peeling from your home and smoothening out any rough spots. If your home hasn’t been repainted since before 1978, then it’s likely coated in lead paint. This means that to remove it, you will need to abide by state and federal safety regulations. Also, to smoothen out any bumpy surfaces in your home, you should use 50- to 80-bit sandpaper.

Now you will need to repair any minor defects in your exterior walls. You will likely need to use caulking or two-step epoxies depending on what the repair requires. This includes sealing off cracks and repairing joints where two different materials meet, such as door frames, window frames, molding and fascia boards. An exterior painting service will know every method of exterior wall repair, and it may benefit you to consult them on what you should do.

Last but not least, there is the primer. They help establish a clean and smooth surface that is ideal for receiving paint. You can apply a primer on wood, epoxy coatings, and deteriorated paint. If you do a good enough job cleaning your exteriors, then you shouldn’t need to use a primer. You have different types of primers, such as oil-based and acrylic primers, and then you have paint-and-primer combinations.