Spring is right
around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about
the exterior paint on your home. At Diamond Star Painting, we want
you to have an exterior you’ll be proud of – and that all starts
with three main components: preparation, product, and application.
exterior of your home properly is extremely important. The first
steps we take are to remove any mildew with a bleach solution and
then pressure wash your home to remove any dirt, dust, mold, and
cobwebs. This helps the paint adhere to the surface properly and go
on evenly, which ensures it will have lasting durability. It’s also
an important step to take for aesthetics. Once the paint dries, any
dirt or dust on the surface will cause areas of the exterior to look
uneven. After the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, we let the
Once everything is dry, we scrape and sand areas with flaking paint or exposed wood, which creates a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. This is also the perfect time to inspect the exterior for any signs of damage and reset loose nails on the siding, trim, and eaves. We’ll go through and patch any cracks in the stucco or boards, repair leaky gutters, and remove and replace any fixtures as needed.
another important step for non-stucco homes; not only does this help
to enhance the appearance of the paint after it dries, but it also
helps to keep your home insulated. Beyond that, it also prevents
insects from coming in, prevents condensation buildup on the windows,
and keeps the moisture out of nail holes. We also fully cover all
windows and gardens prior to application to ensure everything stays
clean and paint-free.
Once all the preparation has been completed, we can start the application process. For the best results, however, it’s important to choose the right product. Like most things, you get what you pay for when it comes to paint! Lower-quality paints may save you money in the short run, but long term, you’ll likely be unhappy with the results.
paints are meant to last in all types of weather conditions for many
years because they use the best binders (or resins) available. These
adhere to surfaces better, giving you a more attractive paint job and
preventing peeling, cracking, blistering, fading, and chalking. They
also inhibit mildew and mold growth. Another benefit of high-quality
paint is that it has more pigmentation than low-quality paint, so it
offers better coverage, color, and depth.
high-quality paint also reduces how often you’ll need to repaint
your exterior. Cheaper paint may last anywhere from a year to several
years, whereas a high-quality paint can easily protect your home for
15 years or more. For this reason, we use only high-end, 100% acrylic
products from Sherwin Williams and Kelly Moore.
preparation stage, the application is incredibly important for
achieving beautiful results. All bare areas are primes, including
metal gutters and downspouts, stucco, and wood.
factor to consider is that we’re applying paint with the proper
thickness and the right type of paint for the surface.
We take the time
to make sure we’re working with paint with the proper thickness and
the right paint for the surface. For the trim, we use Sherwin
Williams duration and a high-end Sherwin Williams acrylic. Of course,
if you prefer Kelly Moore, we’re happy to use that instead! When it
comes to exterior paint you have the choice between flat and
low-luster. We use a semi-gloss for doors and satin for the trim.
Once all the
details are worked out, the preparation is complete and the primer is
dry, we can begin painting your home, taking care to ensure there are
no drips, sags, or runs. Once all the painting is complete, we make
sure to clean all your walkways, sidewalks, and unpainted areas, so
your exterior looks flawless!
Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of what to expect with your home’s exterior painting! If you’re planning to re-paint this year, give Diamond Star Painting a call at (916) 424-4008 or visit us at diamondstarpainting.com. We also provide interior and ceiling painting, cabinet and deck refinishing, and commercial painting. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have or provide a free quote!