MUST-DO BEFORE HOME EXTERIOR PAINTING

It is the norm that in the longer and sun-shining days of summer, homeowners would be putting the needful in place to give their exteriors some new, lasting looks.

If you are going to go around hiring the handyman and get the job done yourself, then you need to know that preparation is part of the process.

Even before you pick up that paint brush to render your art, there are things you need to do so that finer finish would later be the case of your painting. Should you be hiring a company to help with your exterior painting, it would not break the bank to have them do these things as well.

Cleaning

This has to be one of the most underrated aspects of any paint job, mainly when it has to do with the exterior.

While some may say it is negligible, you would be doing your painting a solid by getting your hands a bit dirty. Your outdoors has a collection of different types of materials, whether it is some build-up of dust or dirt, grime and in some cases, moss.

You will ultimately be wasting your time, paint and hard work if you paint over even the slightest contaminated surfaces.  Taking some sponge and soapy water, bring to your house’s exteriors and scrub to remove all that dirt and grime.

It may require more back-into-it if there are molds. If you have access to a high-pressure cleaner, do put it into your employ for the best results.

Sanding and Filling

When repainting an exterior surface that is in a slightly sorry condition, sanding and filling are particularly important.

Nevertheless, if the surface is relatively smooth, without much peeling a cracking, doing this is still worth the effort to give the surface light sand.

Sanding and filling are done to balance out the wall so your paintbrush can smoothly glide on the wall and apply the paint evenly.  What you do not want to paint on is an uneven surface, because making the mistakes will cost you a lot. Use a body filler to fill holes, cracks, and gaps to create an as much consistent surface. A reasonably cheap filler solution or decorators caulk would do the trick also.

Priming

It is highly recommended that all walls be primed before a paint job, especially when you are looking to get a new color.

Outdoor surfaces such as timber can provide the adhesion need for the even spread of the paint. If it skips your mind to prime your to-be-painted exteriors, you may unsightly finishes.

Unless you take the initiative to add some primer coats, the new color you may be painting may still be faint enough to see through to shade, and that is not too professional.

Look for the perfect primer for your surface as there are different out there to suit timber, concrete, plaster, and metal. You are looking for the one that’s specially formulated for the surface you are working on.

Additionally, always remember to plan your paint job from the get-go. Plan well and take your time, because even if you are a professional, painting should be done cautiously.