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.
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s), Other What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 9 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: Ready to Hire Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
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Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s), Other What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 9 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: Ready to Hire Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
The frequency of your exterior repainting depends on several factors, including where you live, what your house is made out of, and what it was painted with. In North Texas, we’re protected from the salt sprays our coastal friends down south must consider. Even still, strong sunshine and excessive heat during the summer can take a serious toll on the life of your paint. Dark, oil-based paints may fade especially quickly. The paint may blister, too, or form bubbles on the surface. So there’s no concrete answer for how often to repaint your home — but if you start to see chips, cracks, bleaching, blistering, or any other issue that takes away from the appearance of your home, it’s time to consider repainting.

If less than half the old paint is left, however, it may be worth stripping it all off. Guertin gets rid of stubborn remnants using shrouded grinders (like the PaintShaver), infrared paint strippers (such as the Speedheater), or chemical strippers (like Multi-Strip), then smooths the wood with a course or two of sanding. When siding (or bank accounts) can't take the shock of a total strip job, Rich O'Neil, of Masterwork Painting in Bedford, Massachusetts, has successfully hidden rough, well-adhered paint under Peel Bond, a thick primer.
Paint sheen is determined by the ratio of resins and binders to pigment levels in the paint. Paints with a high level of resins/binders create a high-sheen, shiny surface, while those where the pigment levels are high, create a less reflective surface. Generally speaking, glossier paints are more durable, while flatter paints are less resilient but cover better. 
Give your fireplace mantle an accent paint color, as this adds a quick update without having to tear anything out. In the kitchen, give your cabinets a new look with a douse of kitchen cabinet paint for an affordable and satisfying update. Countertop paint makes kitchen countertops look new again. You can do it yourself with a countertop paint kit in less than a weekend. A worn-out bathtub can look new with a coating of bathtub paint. Even your tiles can get a refresh or touch up, try tile paint on your backsplash or shower. Pro-tip: Use semi-gloss paint for kitchens and bathrooms as they wipe down easily.
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