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How Much Prep is Required for an Exterior Paint Job?

Posted on May 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

How Much Prep is Required for an Exterior Paint Job? | D&D Painting

An exterior paint job can give your home a whole new look. If the current paint on your house is looking dull, dingy, and faded, a new paint job can revive the look of your house. You can completely transform the exterior of your house by changing the color palette. You can paint a dark house a lighter color for a clean and bright look. If you want to add drama you can use bold colors on the exterior of your house. In order to get started on the process of painting the exterior of your house, you need to do some preparation.

Deep cleaning

Painting over a house that is dirty and dingy will leave you with lackluster results in the end. The dirt and grime on the exterior of your house can create a situation where the paint does not adhere properly. Over time, poor adherence will lead to peeling and cracked paint. Failing to clean before you paint can also cause the finished product to look splotchy. For the best results, give the exterior of your house a deep cleaning before you paint. This often involves using a pressure washer.

Removal of chipped or cracked paint

You need to remove any chipped or cracked paint on the exterior of your house before you paint. If you paint over chipped or cracked paint it will significantly reduce the life of your paint job. The damaged paint underneath the new coat will continue to peel and crack and eventually impact the surface coat as well. You will get the best results if you are willing to devote the time needed to remove chipped or cracked paint.

Repair of damaged siding

The siding on the exterior of your house can get damaged over time. This damage can happen from exposure to weather, pests, time, and a number of other factors. You may find pieces of siding that are rotting, broken, or completely missing. Each one of those pieces of siding need to be repaired or replaced before you paint. Painting over damaged siding will leave you with a poor final result and have you painting again very soon. 

Protect areas from paint splatter

The last part of preparing for an exterior paint project is to protect the areas you do not want to paint from splatter. In the process of painting the entire exterior of your house there will be a time that you drip or splatter paint on accident. If you want to avoid time-consuming cleanup then protect the areas that you do not want exposed to paint with plastic sheeting or drop cloths.

Painting the exterior of your house is a big job. Getting everything prepped properly can take a significant amount of time and work. Then, after the prep work, you still have the task of painting ahead of you. The steps outlined above should not be skipped over because each one will save you time in the long-run. If saving time is one of your primary goals then you should consider getting professional help for your exterior paint project.

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