It’s finally starting to look a little like Spring. You might be thinking about putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your house. Before you start throwing on the paint, you’ll want to make sure you properly prep your house. We’ve put together a few tips to prep your house for exterior paint so that you, or a professional painter, can start painting.
Wash The Exterior
The first thing you’ll need to do before you start anything else is to get the house washed. A good pressure washer will make sure that you do a good job. Pressure washers are easy enough to rent or if you get a chance to borrow one from a friend, even better.
You can just use water for most washing jobs. If you have stains or mold you’ll need to use a cleaning additive. You’ll need a good clean surface to ensure that the paint will adhere to the house properly.
Now you need to let the house dry. We can’t stress enough how important this step is. If the house isn’t dried properly, you’ll run into problems with paint and it can be costly. We recommend a minimum of 48 hours before paint is applied.
Make Any Necessary Repairs
Before prep work begins, make all necessary repairs on your home. Areas of the house that are damaged or rotted should be fixed first. You may need to replace some areas entirely so be ready for that as well.
Don’t feel ashamed to call a handyman for repairs. It’s better to get the job done right the first time than to have to come back after the house has been painted.
Scraping, Sanding, & Caulking
Once the house is dry and repairs are done it’s time to get out the scraper. You’ll want to use a decent quality scraper since you’ll be using it a lot. Just scrape off the peeling or cracked paint, then sand it down so it’s smooth.
It’s a really good idea to apply any caulk you’ll need around windows, doors and other areas before you paint. You should also get the seams along clapboards and vertical junctions. Just make sure you don’t add it to places that don’t need it.
Trimming Plants and Removing Obstacles
This is a step that gets overlooked many times. You need to make sure you have good access to all areas of the house before you start painting. There is nothing worse than having to stop the job to trim something back or move something out of the way.
You don’t need to go crazy here. It’s just important to make sure that any trees or shrubs aren’t going to scrape the house while the paint is still wet.
The last step before you start painting the house is applying the primer to all bare wood surfaces. These areas are typically where you scraped and sanded but could be a lot more areas if you replaced boards or have completely unpainted areas of your home. You really shouldn’t skip this step. It seals the wood and creates a barrier between the house and the paint.
A good primer to use is an exterior grade water or oil based primer. Peel Bond is a great product to use for areas where you scraped. It will act as a glue and help to prevent further peeling from occurring. Don’t be afraid to talk to your local paint store or call a professional before purchasing and applying the primer.
With your house fully prepped, you or your hired painter are ready to paint! At Greenwood Painting, we strive to go above and beyond in all steps of the painting process. We firmly believe a good paint job always starts with proper prep work. Call us today for a free quote, or if you simply have questions about how to prep your house for exterior paint.