Does the outside of your home desperately need a new coat of paint? Or maybe it's your deck that hasn't been maintained like it should.
Whatever situation applies to you, there are things to keep in mind when it comes to getting the job done properly. As with many things, a little prep and money spent in the beginning will save you in the long run. Here's some pointers we've developed after 17 years in business:
Whenever you're dealing with an outside project, you're at the mercy of mother nature. This is where the planning comes in. It's best to paint when the temperature is between 65 and 85 degrees. Now is a good time to schedule, since were already seeing some 65 degree days!
Removal / Cleaning
In order to get a nice finish, you have to start with smooth wood that isn't cracked or flaking. Removal is an important step, but be careful not to gouge the surface. Remove as much loose and peeling paint by scraping, wirebrush or power-washing the surface. Be sure to feather-sand rough edges smooth until they blend with the bare surface.
If there is paint on your deck, be careful before removing it because it could contain lead which is a serious health hazard. This would apply to paint before 1978. If you're not sure how old the paint is, there are ways to test for lead. This is a situation where it is important to have the work done by professionals.
The existing paint might look like it's in good condition, but could be contaminated with powdered paint. Using a power washer is the best option in that situation. There might also be mildew which needs special removal that power washing won't do.
One of the most common causes of paint failure is moisture in the wood. This can be prevented by sealing the areas. Cracks or open joints, where water may enter should be caulked with a high-quality, paintable acrylic caulk.
Patch all nail holes and imperfections with a wood filler or putty and sand smooth. Caulk should be applied after priming.
Primer / Painting
Primer helps new paint adhere to bare wood. Paint often has recommended primer to compliment it. Top quality paint should be used with exterior jobs because of all the weather it will face. For this reason two coats of paint are best.
Brushes should be clean and top quality, and there are different brushes that work best with certain types of paint. The tool used is important to a successful outcome.
Exterior painting requires a thorough knowledge of best products, practices and proper tools. Improperly prepared surfaces can result in reduced coating integrity and service life. Up to 80% of all coatings failures can be directly attributed to inadequate surface preparation, which affects coating adhesion. In plain terms, if not done properly it can cause more headaches than enjoyment!
Just remember, you can always give us a call!
Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.
Blog writer Jessica Walsh is a graduate of Penn State University with a minor in English. While in college she contributed to the literary journal, newspaper and yearbook. She was a journalist for Voices and BCTV.org. She continues to write her own blog as well as stories and articles.