Painting the exterior of your house can give it a new look. There are a few steps you should complete before starting the painting work. You may think exterior painting is all about the paintbrush, but using the right scraping tool is the most important step of exterior home painting.
A well prepared surface will make painting work much easier, and if it is not prepared well, it may a cause a disaster. A dirty, wet, and loose surface is not suitable for painting work. Make sure the surface is clean and dry.
Bob Formisano, in his article “Exterior House Painting Preparation”, writes about all the preparations you should make before conducting the painting work.
Tools and Preparations
The difficulty level of an exterior home painting job is average, but with the right preparation and tools, it should be easier for you. The tools you generally need include a putty knife, a stiff brush, a scraper, washer, sandpaper, and a heat gun if possible.
You should take necessary precautions so the surrounding doesn’t get damaged during the painting work. This generally means being aware of air conditioners, BBQ grills, and the landscape. Turn off the air conditioners and gas supply of the grill. Cover your exterior appliances and landscape. Remove all fixtures in the area, such as lights, mailboxes, and shutters.
The most important step is to remove the loose paint from the surface. You can use a washer to clean the surface. With a power washer, the high water pressure removes all the dirt and old paint from the surface. Make sure your painting company is experienced in using these kinds of tools; otherwise, it can damage your house. The surface must be completely dry before applying paint. If the washer doesn’t remove the loose paint completely, you can do some hand scraping to get rid of the rest.
For removing the loose paint, you can use putty knife. Work on removing it when the paint is dry. Using a heat gun, sandpaper, and paint scrapers are other options for removing paint. Always start from the corner to remove the weak paint. A heat gun can be used to loosen the thick paint. After the paint softens, use a putty knife to scrape it loose. Contact a painting company if you cannot do this on your own.
Before applying paint, remove screens, storm doors, and other things from your exterior that should not be painted. Wash the exterior using a power washer and get rid of all the dirt. Always put on your eye protection.
Once the house is washed, let it dry for a few days. If you are going to use latex paint, then wait at least one day before painting. With oil base painting, you should wait at least one week before painting.
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