As a weekend project they do themselves, many people take on the exterior painting project. There is quite a bit of prep work that needs to be done before the surface sees a drop of new paint when it comes to any painting project. When you undertake the exterior painting project, we at Ciarlanti Painting – Jeff the Painter would like to stress the prepping steps today.
Make Sure Weather Conditions are Right for Painting
]Since weather can be somewhat unpredictable, consider keeping a close eye on the weather forecast on the days leading up to your paint job. There are a variety of reasons why you shouldn’t paint in the rain such as the moisture will start to blister and ruining any work started. Dangerous working conditions, challenges, and unpredictable outcomes are highly probable when trying to paint in the rain. For best results, schedule painting when there is no precipitation in sight on the day, and for at least 3 days after. Also, avoid painting in the direct sun to prevent fading and cracks as well. Optimally, paint the west-facing side of their home in the morning and the east later in the day. Temperature is also an important consideration when painting your home. When painting is best look in the forecast for temperatures between 60° and 85°F with little to no wind as well. Windy conditions can cause it to dry too quickly, resulting in cracking, and peeling.
Clean Your Home’s Exterior Using a Power Washer
Before you start painting, you want to make sure you’re painting on a clean and smooth surface. This ensures you get the best coverage possible. Ensure it doesn’t get painted over with the new coat of paint by pressure washing your home will remove any dirt, residue, and peeling paint from the surface.
Repair Damaged Surfaces Outside & Scrape Loose Paint Off
Set off to make any repairs to damaged areas following a thorough assessment of the home’s exterior. If you find cracks and holes around doors and windows, you can use a spackle knife and apply filler or caulk. Use a scraping tool to remove flaking or bubbled paint that appears to be flaking. Lightly sand the surface once the exterior is completely dry by using a sanding paper or a sanding block to get a smooth surface.
Cover Up Gardens, Lawns & Decks when Painting Exterior
Use drop cloths to cover and protect anything that might get paint on it since there is a high risk of getting paint on bushes, flowerbeds, lawns, and other outdoor structures.
Prime Before Painting Outside of House
By providing an adhesive surface using primer, you get a more consistent look to the paint job. Failing to prime your exterior before slapping on fresh paint can result in peeling paint, particularly in areas with high humidity and moisture. Cleaning can be more difficult as well because paint can easily fade when wiped or cleaned.
Select Right Paint for House Exterior
When choosing paint, color is not the only thing you need to consider. You to invest in paint that is designed for outdoor use and is cohesive to your environment. A paint that is durable and can withstand different weather conditions is also wise. When making this choice, also consider drying times and clean-up.
Interior & Exterior House Painting & More in San Marcos, Temecula, Vista, Oceanside, Encinitas, Carlsbad & Escondido, California
It is standard to for there to be long hours and hard work involved in the prepping, painting, and cleanup when it comes to exterior painting. Call Ciarlanti Painting – Jeff the Painter for exterior painting services in Escondido, California and surrounding areas to ensure quality results and the project is not rushed.