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."

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.

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Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling, Wall What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s) Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: Master bedroom. Just needs painting
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other / I don't know Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other Which best describes the condition of your walls?: I'm not sure - We'll help you determine this later What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: I don't know What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: I would like to get an estimate for handyman and plumber put in water heater and painting
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling, Wall What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s) Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: Master bedroom. Just needs painting

Deciding which paint to use has gotten much easier now that acrylic latexes have pushed oil-based paints almost to extinction. The acrylics offer superior performance (they don't harden with age, the way oils do, so they move and breathe without blistering), they don't mildew as readily, and they emit fewer VOCs, so they comply with new air-quality regulations. They also work over both oil- and water-based primers.
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 3 - 4 What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall, Trim Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s), Bedroom(s), Living Areas, Hallways Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 9 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: total three rooms and tiny hall about 600 sq feet. only lv rm ceiling over 8 feet (slant up to 11 feet) no ceilings to be painted. all wall to be antique white, pure white trim.

As the dance proceeds, keep an eye on the weather. Rain can wash freshly applied latex right off the wall, and a temperature dip below 50 degrees F two days after application can interfere with adhesion and curing and dull the sheen of glossy paints. (Latexes like Sherwin-Williams's Duration and Benjamin Moore's MoorGard Low Lustre are formulated to tolerate temps as low as 35 and 40 degrees, respectively.)
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.[1]
To the touch, they still have the chalky feel of flat finishes, but with a slight waxy smoothness. The same paint color will appear slightly richer in a satin sheen than it does in a flat sheen. Satin/eggshell finishes can be wiped down or even hosed with water. Because of the hint of shine, satin paints have a somewhat more luxurious appearance than flat paints. 
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.
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