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How To: Get Your Home’s Exterior Ready For A Paint Job

Posted on Feb 21, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

22407C31-4F67-443D-8907-7AB55C6A4C66 How To: Get Your Home’s Exterior Ready For A Paint JobPainting the outside of your home is a big task. There are lots of steps involved if you want to do it right. The first thing you’ll need to do in order to ensure that your paint job lasts for years is prep it.

Whether you’re hiring a professional contractor, or going the DIY route, your house will need to be prepared before the first drop of paint comes anywhere near it’s walls. Here are the four steps you’ll need to take before starting.

  • A Deep Cleaning

The best tool for cleaning the outside of your house is a pressure washer, hands down. However, if you don’t have access to one, you can try to clean using a simple garden hose and some tools for scrubbing and scraping the walls. When you apply the paint, the walls need to be clear of any obstructions, dirt or debris underneath it. The exterior walls don’t have to be spotless, but you don’t want anything under the paint that will prevent it from staying adhered. 

  • Protect Areas That You Don’t Want To Get Paint On

This includes window sills, trim, eaves or gutters, and any shrubs or trees that are close enough to your house to get paint on them. Windows should be covered with plastic, which is then secured with tape. You can use plastic on other areas you want to protect as well, or simply apply painter’s tape to the edges of trim, gutters, etc.

For areas on the ground you don’t want paint on (such as flower beds), cover them up with a drop cloth.

  • Fix or Replace Caulking

For areas that have old caulking, you’ll want to remove it and replace it with a new application. And if there are any areas that haven’t had caulking but now require it, this is the time to apply it.

  • Prime Any Exposed Wood

If you have replaced any wooden portions of the exterior or applied new pieces of wood anywhere, they need to be properly primed before painting. You’ll have to give the primer plenty of time to dry as well.

If you are having a painting contractor paint your home, talk to them about the prep work we mentioned here. They may or may not include it in the price you’ve worked out already, but they can almost definitely handle the work for you instead of you having to do it yourself. 

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