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."
Painting the enterior of your own house is fun. Especially when you're doing it with other family members together. But it's also important to follow the standard methods to ensure quality painting with soothing aesthetics. Our painting and remodeling crew from Arlington, TX can insure the basic rules of enterior painting are followed and make sure your house not only looks better but will last for years to come. Following are some basic principals to follow should you decide to tackle the job on your own.
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.
Any change to the scope of your project is properly handled with a written change order, which is normally e-mailed to you. In some cases, you may authorize small additions at the time and material rate verbally with the team leader or the office. Changes are considered addendums to our painting agreement and could affect the project completion date.
#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.
Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat.
#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.