Exterior House Painting Looks Easy, But It Actually Requires These 5 Challenging Steps In The Process To Do It Right
Painting the exterior of a house looks easy. After all, it’s just a case of heading to your hardware store to grab some new paint, brushes and rollers – so how hard could it really be?
Well, the truth is that exterior house painting only looks easy – there are various challenging steps that must be taken to ensure the process is done right.
Doing so ensures the paint job looks good and doesn’t take too long to complete, while ensuring that the finish lasts for many years to come.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the more challenging steps to take when painting the outside of your home:
1. Wash the exterior before painting
A step that’s always overlooked but couldn’t be more important, as you always need to prepare the exterior for paint by washing it first. This is quite challenging given the size of a house, making the cleaning process long and difficult, especially without tools like a power washer to assist.
Thankfully, pressure washes are available to hire for a reasonable price. It’s worth investing in this to get the exterior washed before painting, as this ensues the paint adheres to the surface more effectively, resulting in a much better finish.
2. Scrape away loose paint
Another process that takes a long time and plenty of effort, scraping away the current coat of loose paint is a must before you add a fresh coat. Not doing so may result in flaking on the new coat of paint, which will only ruin the aesthetic and probably lead to you repainting.
It’s important to remember that you should always wash the surface before scraping away old and flaking paint, as scraping the wet surface only leads to more flaking once it dries, putting you back where you started.
You don’t need to scrape all the paint on the exterior, however, just around the loose and flaky areas.
3. Sand rough areas
Sanding down those rough and uneven spots around the exterior of your home results in much more even coat. A pad sander with 80-grit should be okay, although you may need to buy or hire an electric sander if there’s a lot of rough spots.
Areas on the surface need caulking before you can add paint, such as across joints and seams, which offers both aesthetic and functional benefits.
For example, caulking in joints on cracked seams allows for a nicer finish for the paint when applied, while also making them more water-proof, so it’s a process well worth doing.
5. Adding a coat of primer
Before you think about adding a coat of paint, you need to prime the exterior to ensure good adhesive with the topcoat of paint. Grey or white primers do the best job providing an even undercoat so they are the best options in terms of color.
For primer types, it’s really down to the current coat on the house. For instance, oil-based paint needs an oil-based primer, while latex paint should be covered with a latex primer only.
When you’re ready to repaint your home, give All American Painting & Construction Inc, a call at 1(888) 301-PROS. Our highly-trained technicians will take the time to properly prepare your surfaces before using careful techniques to paint your house. Contact us online for a free estimate.