You've lived in your home for several years now, and you notice that the paint is starting to look a little worse for wear. A fresh coat of paint will give your home a new look and increase its value.
But painters can't just start painting right away. You or they need to take steps to prepare your home for painting. Taking these steps can prevent the paint from damaging your home and can extend the life of the paint job.
1. Trim Back Shrubs Around Your House
If there are large shrubs located in front of your home, they could block the new paint and prevent it from drying. Trim the shrubs to a shorter height, and make sure there is room between each shrub and your home. This preparation gives the painters room to paint behind them.
2. Replace Rotten Wood
If your home's exterior has rotten wood, you need to get it fixed before you can have your home painted. Painting over rotten wood merely disguises the underlying problem. Plus, it can lead to devastating water damage. Rotten wood might be found near the top of your home as fascia board or at the bottom of the home as your garage door trim. Professionals should examine the exterior closely to pinpoint any damaged wood. They'll look for signs like discoloration and soft areas. They'll then use tools to remove the bad wood and replace it with new material.
3. Remove Peeling Paint
Before painters can add a fresh count of paint, they need to remove current loose paint. If you choose to do this job yourself, use a paint scraper. Scrape in the direction of the wood grain so you don't damage the wood. Next, use a sander to remove any leftover paint. Make sure to keep the sander moving so you don't leave a gouge in the wood. You'll also need to use a sander on rusty metal surfaces to stop the spread of the rust. If your home was built before 1979, there may be lead in your paint. Scraping this paint can be dangerous, so work with a professional painting company rather than tackling the job yourself.
4. Protect Openings
If there are openings in any area of your home's exterior, the new paint can enter the gaps and cause water damage. Look for any cracks or openings around window sills, door trim and even nail holes. Fill these openings with new caulk. To protect your windows and the area surrounding them, you may need to add new putty and glazing to window surfaces. This task is especially important if your windows haven't been updated or repaired in recent years.
5. Clean the Surface
Now that you've addressed any potential problems in your home's exterior, it's time to clean your home's exterior. A thorough cleaning removes mold, mildew and dirt so they don't end up hiding beneath a fresh coat of paint. The most effective way to clean your home is with a pressure washer. You can even place a detergent (mixed with water) in the pressure washer. To remove mildew, use a detergent with mildewcide. For everyday dirt and stains, use a safe detergent like TSP. Be sure to choose the correct nozzle and pressure setting so you don't damage the siding. Now, all you need to do is cover flowerbeds and shrubs with drop cloths. Then, painting professionals can easily prime and paint your home's surface. Follow these steps to protect your home surface and ensure your new exterior paint job lasts for years to come. Call Diamond Star Painting today or experienced exterior house painting in The Greater Sacramento Valley and Foothills.