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
. 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
so the paint can bond with the
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.