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Painting the exterior of your home is a wonderful way to give your home a fresh look and update your house so that you can improve your curb appeal. Unfortunately, if the job isn’t completed correctly, then painting your home can backfire and the paint job can look sloppy. Instead of rushing into the process of painting the exterior of your home, you must make sure that you plan ahead and take time to prepare the exterior of your house so you can enjoy the best results.
Start with a Deep Cleaning
Pressure washing the exterior of a home is the best way to remove anything that will have built up on the outside of the house. This can easily remove not only dust and dirt but also mud and any bits of leaves or other debris. Failing to remove debris and dirt from the exterior of a home before painting will result in a paint job that chips, flakes, and doesn’t look very professional. This means that the paint can easily come off after painting the exterior of a home.
Make Any Necessary Repairs
If there is any damage on the outside of the house, then it needs to be repaired right away before starting to paint the home. Wood, siding, stucco, and metal can all become damaged and will all need to be repaired before painting the house. It’s important when repairing the exterior of a home to use the right products for the job. Look for epoxy filler that can be used to repair holes or cracks and allow it to dry before lightly sanding the spot.
Remove Flaking Paint and Apply Caulk
Any flaking paint on the house will cause a huge problem when painting the home and needs to be gently removed. Use a sanding block to sand off any loose or flaking paint so that it can’t prevent your fresh paint from adhering correctly. This is also a great time to caulk around the windows and doors as well as where different exterior materials meet to help seal off the house.
Prime Stains and Protect Windows
Stopping stains from showing through the final coat is important. Any visible wood knots in wood siding need to be blocked with a primer. Other stains also need to be addressed to prevent them from causing a problem. Now is also the time to protect lights, windows, and doors with sheeting and painter’s tape so that they don’t end up with paint on them. Once this task is completed, then it is finally time to start painting the house.
As you can see, there are a few steps that you must complete before starting to paint the exterior of your home if you want to enjoy the best results. Taking your time and preparing your home to be painted will ensure that you do not run into problems while painting. This also ensures that your home looks amazing when the job is completed and that you will be proud of how it looks.
Jeff Sommers is a vibrant and experienced professional, having been at the helm of ESP Painting, Inc. for 27 remarkable years. As President, he has become an esteemed leader in the Commercial & Residential Construction industry in Oregon, United States. His experience has seen him gain valuable insight and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to ESP Painting and its customers. With a bubbly personality and upbeat attitude, Jeff always looks ahead to the future as he continues his leadership journey toward success.