Exterior Painting Steps
Dry and sunny weather is ideal to achieve professional results in exterior painting.
The first step in any remodel, upgrade, facelift, or alteration to your home is planning. Whether you are tackling the project yourself or having all or portions of the job hired out, it pays to have an experienced viewpoint in the planning stage. Painting is no exception.
A qualified craftsman will inspect the site of your project, determine if the project is feasible, suggest proper materials to be used, and help establish the budget. With or without the input of a pro, it will be necessary to carefully ascertain the total cost of all materials, labor, and equipment. Most repaint projects will entail a certain amount of repair and specific preparation. Some blistered or peeling paint can be scraped or sanded off cleanly. More weathered areas will require patching or replacing in order to achieve proper results. Failure to remove or repair damaged or blistered material will have unsightly consequences.
In some cases, exterior damage is just as visible after painting as before, and the color alone is changed. You deserve better and can achieve it with proper attention to the preparation and repair phase of the work. In terms of repair materials and tools, scraping tools and sandpaper are fine on large flat areas, but steel wool or paint removal gel is recommended for fine details in wood.
Obviously, the condition of existing surfaces will determine the scope of work and the tools required to perform it. However, paint does not stick to dirt, dust, or film, so cleaning or power washing the surfaces in question is recommended even if the finish is in good condition. Masking materials, drop cloths, and caulking should be included in the preparation costs, which should also include respirators, overalls, or protective clothing and goggles. Part of the convenience of hiring a painting contractor is that a professional will know what materials are required and will come prepared with everything required for the job.
If the surface is new, as would be the case with a room addition, primer, and multiple coats of paint should be figured in. Trim, doors, and detail work are usually done with a brush, but for large projects, nothing beats spray application. Using a roller also moves things along quickly, with no brush strokes and fewer uneven spots. The drawbacks of spraying are the additional masking and the dreaded overspray that sometimes appears on bushes, glass or even vehicles near to the work. While most of this can be eliminated with a qualified painter operating the spray gun, some overspray will occur and can typically be removed with relative ease.
Cleanup will be more entailed if extensive repair is initially needed. Trips to the refuse dump or even an on sight dumpster should be considered in final costs as well as removal of masking, drop cloths, and cleanup of tools.
Finally, keep in mind that sunny, warm, and, especially, dry weather is best for exterior painting work. A damp surface or freezing or very cold temperatures can ruin your efforts and possibly impair the paint from sticking at all. Remember that the key to success in painting your home lies in the planning and preparation. Pay attention in the course of these stages and professional results can be yours.
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