#3 Plastic sheets are the most popular items for protecting shrubs and windows as well as other structures while the painting job is on. But you should think about a onetime investment to keep things economic, simple and more effective. You should choose canvas instead of plastic sheets. They will serve you longer and do a better job of protection. They will also provide with better safety.

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Location: ARLINGTON, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 5 - 6 What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen, Bathroom(s), Living Areas, Dining Room, Hallways, Stairways What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling, Wall, Trim What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence

You will have a choice of four basic paint sheen groupings: flat or matte, satin/eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss. Your home's exterior is subjected to major stresses that include rain, snow, UV rays, and physical wear. All of that is compounded by the sheer difficulty, cost, and extended timeline for painting a home's exterior, making the question of the perfect exterior paint finish a critical one.


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Beware of lead paint! Some houses that were built before 1978 have paint on them that may contain traces of lead. Exposure to lead paint can cause anaemia, learning disabilities in children and damage to the brain and nervous system. When working on the exterior of your historic home (older than 1960), be sure that you observe the proper safety measures including:
O'Neil patches shallow holes and divots with Ready Patch because it dries fast, sands smooth, and stays flexible. Deep cracks and rotten spots are best repaired with two-step epoxies, such as those made by Advanced Repair Technology. (For a step-by-step instructions, see Repairing Rot with Epoxy.) The days of using polyester auto-body fillers on wood are over. "They cure too hard," says Portland, Oregon–based painting contractor Kathleen George. "They look good at first, but then they peel away."
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Small random-orbit or pad sanders make this job go faster. (Wallis first covers these boundaries with Synkoloid patching compound so no edge is visible after sanding.) As shown, you want to make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. For areas that might get close scrutiny, you can follow up with a 100- or 120-grit rubdown to erase any scratches.
A thorough scrubbing is a must before painting any exterior surface. It removes the dirt and broken-down paint residues that keep fresh coats from adhering and gets rid of mildew that grows on paint in all but the most arid climates. Most contractors clean with pressure washers, but in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the equipment, these can gouge wood, shatter glass, and drive water behind siding and trim. Using a hose, a pump sprayer, and a scrub brush is slower but safer, and just as effective.
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