#1 You should pay attention to preparing the surfaces first making sure repairs take place prior to painting. It's not the fun part of the task, rather it's the most important part of painting. If you fail to prepare the surface, no matter how exclusive painting material you're using, it'll fail. Make sure there is no peeling paint left on wood and use the proper caulk for cracks along the trimwork and other small holes.
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk."
Start with an exterior house wash. It is important that you spend some time washing the dirt and grime off the exterior of your house before you start painting. If the exterior surface of your house is free of paint-repelling soil, the primer and paint will adhere better, making the paint last longer. Most of the time, a simple wash with a hose, a pump sprayer and a scrub brush is sufficient, but if you decide that you would prefer a professional to help you, a power washer in the hands of a professional can provide a superior clean.
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:
Follow the shade. When you are painting the exterior of your home, you would be wise to follow the shade from your house and avoid the sun. As the sun moves around your house, try to avoid the sun as much as possible because you may become overheated with the sun beating down on you, and painting in direct sunlight (depending on the heat of the day) is not good for the application process and can cause bubbling/adhesion issues. By moving with the shade, you minimize these potential problems.
After a while, painted houses start to reveal wear and tear, so once in a while, doing a refreshing exterior house-painting project can bring back your home’s vibrancy. There is a lot of preparation work required for repainting a house but it's important to not skip this part because it makes the painting work much easier and ensures that the paintwork endures and stays in great condition.
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 What is the approximate living square footage of your home?: 1500-3000 sqft What is the primary exterior surface material of your home?: Brick How many stories is your home?: One story What size is your attached garage?: 2-Car Garage Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
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