Ten Steps to Perfecting Exterior Painting

Painting your home’s exterior can be quite costly and very difficult to accomplish properly. Sometimes you will want to resort to calling in a professional to do the work for you. However, with the right preparation and knowledge you can achieve beautiful exterior painting. Today we are going to help you achieve that perfect exterior paint job by going through ten steps that you can follow at home to make sure your paint job lasts long and won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

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1.) Check for any lead – To ensure safety of the household, you should check for any lead in the paint of your home if it was built before 1978 when lead paint was banned. You can purchase kits at a hardware store to test the current paint on your home.

2.) Wash your home’s exterior – If you do not wash your home before painting chances are the paint will not stick properly since the surface is dirty and grimy. Mildew will also grow underneath the coats of paint.

3.) Remove old paint through scraping – Once you are finished washing the house, you will want to remove the cracked and dry paint using a hand held scraper. Make sure that you wear a mask and collect the dust and debris.

4.) Use a sander on rough areas – You will also want to take care of any rough spots on the exterior. It is recommended that you use a pad sander or an orbit sander that uses 80-grit sandpaper. Avoid putting a lot of pressure in sanding because you might leave marks and dents on the wood.

5.) Fill in and repair damages – Before working on the exterior painting, you need to make sure that all of the holes, dents, and dings in the siding is filled in and repaired. If you find any rotten areas then you will want it to be replaced.

6.) Put on the primer – After things have been repairs and filled in, you will want to apply the primer to provide the appropriate surface for the paint to stick to. Don’t worry about gaps in joints and doors because you will take care of it in the next step.

7.) Apply caulking – Caulking the joints will prevent any air from leaking and also block water intrusion. This also results in a smoother and more pleasing look one the paint job is finished.

8.) Choose the right paint – I would recommend that you choose a paint that is acrylic latex and is water based and not paint that is oil based. This is because the former mentioned paint is easier to apply, dries faster, and can be cleaned easily using water and soap.

9.) Put on top coat and finishing – The top coats and finishing are important in keeping your paint more resistant and help them last longer through the years. Avoid too many coats as this can result in flaking in the exterior painting.

10.) Proper maintenance – To help keep your paint looking great even longer, you will need to properly maintain it by checking on the caulk and replacing damaged yearly, washing regularly and mold removal.