No home improvement task gives a house a face lift and restores and enhances as rapidly, successfully and affordably as exterior painting. A brand-new coat of paint can entirely change the look of a home and, if you have the time, it’s a task that can be finished in a week or two.
If you work with a professional home improvement contractor, you will pay more than doing the work yourself and yes you can save money but you will need to be prepared to spend the time and have the right equipment.
Despite whether you employ an expert or do it yourself, painting your home is something you won’t wish to repeat in a couple of years. With this in mind, here are 9 crucial rules that will alleviate the work and help ensure a gorgeous, long lasting result.
1: Don’t skimp materials. Pay for top-quality paint, primer and caulking substance. Top-of-the-line paint will lasts longer and cover better than poor-quality paint. Buy paint that has a life time guarantee against problems in the surface.
With a lot of home paint, you get exactly what you pay for: The best active ingredients are expensive. Top quality exterior paint generally costs from $35 to $40 per gallon– in truth, you can pay up to $70. It is also a good idea to select 100% acrylic paint.
Flat surfaces, chosen for siding, do a good job of concealing problems and irregularities. Satin and semi-gloss enamels, utilized for trim, are more long lasting and simpler to clean.
2: Do the essential preparation. For paint to adhere well, it needs to be used to a surface that is clean, dry and not flaking or peeling. Relying on the condition of existing siding and trim, this often indicates considerable scraping and sanding may be required prior to you can paint.
Begin by cleaning the surface areas. You can use a garden hose and a scrub brush with water and detergent, or a pressure washer. If you utilize a pressure washer, you need to beware not to drive water deeply into the joints in between siding or wear down the surface of the wood with the high-pressure water spray.
To remove loose, flaking paint, you’ll need a scraper. However, for removing harder paint and smoothing the surface, a random-orbit sander or a 5-inch disc power sander will do the trick. Start with 60-grit sandpaper and follow-up with 100-grit sandpaper. The concept isn’t to get rid of all of the paint– just get rid of loose paint and smooth the surface. Use a putty knife and wood filler to fill cracks and holes. Let the filler dry, and then sand these locations once again. Brush off all of the dust, caulk the joints, and allow the caulk to dry before using primer.
3: Be careful of old lead paint. Though today’s house paints do not contain lead, old paint used prior to 1978 is most likely to contain lead.
According to the EPA, “Typical restoration, repair, and painting activities that interrupt lead-based paint (like sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more) can produce harmful lead dust and chips which can be damaging to adults and children. House repairs that produce even a small amount of lead dust suffice to put toxins into your child and put your family at risk.” For lead testing and removal, the EPA suggests that you call regional lead-safe accredited renovation specialists, which can be found through the EPA’s site.
4: Do not skimp on coats of paint. Start with a primer that is top quality oil-alkyd based if you’re painting over bare metal or wood. There is a difference of opinion among professional painters when it comes to changing the color of the primer, there are some that prefer to tint the primer close to the final paint color to lessen the probability of needing 2 surface coats of paint. Others experts make the choice to add a tint to the primer that is a contrasting color, which will highlight any areas where the final coats haven’t entirely covered.
Apply the first surface coat and, after it is a little tacky, use a second coat.
5: Use the right tools, including a top quality brush, roller and– for some homes– an airless sprayer, which can be rented at most home improvement centers or tool rental outlets. The simplest way to use apply paint to a textured surface areas is to spray it on with an airless sprayer, and after that back-roll it by hand with a roller to guarantee adhesion.
If you have never used an airless sprayer, pay very close attention to the devices’s instructions and acquire a little experience by painting a less-conspicuous side of your home initially. Work from a 5-gallon paint bucket and use a paint strainer so paint does not clog the sprayer.
6: Be reasonable. Don’t paint your home yourself unless you have the time, tools, skills, and endurance to do the work. Though saving a little money is a strong incentive, be prepared! Depending on the size– and height– of your house and the condition of the existing siding, preparing and painting a house yourself can be a laborious, challenging task.
7: Wait for temperate weather condition. Don’t paint on hot days (which we are currently experiencing), in the rain, or throughout windy or dirty weather. Ideal weather conditions for painting are temperature levels in between 50 and 90 degrees F. Heat causes the paint to dry too rapidly, as does direct exposure to the sun so, when possible, follow the shade. Temperature levels below 50 degrees might stop the paint from sticking to the surface area appropriately. Wetness or dew can bubble surfaces.
8: Cover and secure decks, shrubs, gardens, plantings, patios, and sidewalks from paint spills and splatters with drop cloths and/or plastic sheeting. This will save you from big cleanup issues later on. If you use an airless paint sprayer, covering and masking will be an absolute must. Be very careful of overspray– it can coat your neighbors’ vehicles!
9: Paint using tested techniques. If you plan to do the work yourself and you’re a novice, do your research. You can find instructions online, including videos by pros and specialists that reveal specific techniques. Work from the top down, beginning with overhangs so fresh paint will not drip on freshly painted surface areas. Paint the siding, then, when it is dry, mask around windows and doors, and paint the trim. Get rid of painter’s tape or masking tape as soon as you are finished so it won’t leave a residue. After all of the paint has dried, touch-up areas where paint hasn’t covered completely.
10: If you employ a professional, get quotes and referrals. Follow-up with the referrals to make sure you are hiring the best.
Save yourself time and aggravation – call Square One Home Improvements for all your painting needs.
Square One Home Improvement
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577