Painting is a relatively quick and inexpensive way to transform the look of your house. Painting can give a house that looks drab and dull new life. If you are tired of the style in your house, new paint can make it feel like a completely different place. If the interior of your house is looking dingy, a fresh coat of paint can help it feel fresh and clean. There are many benefits to updating the paint on the interior or exterior of your home. But before you pull out your paint brush, take some time to make the necessary repairs around your home. Painting before you make repairs will leave you with a finished product that does not meet your standards and can result in you needing to re-paint in the near future.
Clean the areas
Cleaning the areas where you are going to paint is not really a repair, but it is an important step in preparation. A clean surface allows the paint to adhere properly and go on evenly. You will end up with a finished product that looks much better if you take the time required to clean the areas of your house that you intend to paint.
Remove cracked or peeling paint
Painting over cracked or peeling paint will sabotage the look and longevity of your paint project. You will not have a smooth finished product if you simply put the new paint over the old, damaged paint. In order to get the smooth finished product that you want, you need to remove cracked or peeling paint before you start painting. Painting over damaged paint will also cause your new project to start peeling and cracking much sooner than it would have otherwise.
Fill in holes
It is common to have holes on the interior walls of your home. Spots where pictures used to hang, damage from rowdy kids, or a nick from the last time you moved furniture are all spots that need to be repaired before painting. Small holes can often be easily repaired with a little bit of spackle. If you have larger damage and do not have experience in drywall repair, you need to bring in professional help in order to get the finished product that you desire.
Replace badly damaged siding
Siding on the exterior of your home can become damaged over time. If there are spots that are seriously damaged and will not respond to simple repairs, you need to replace them. The difficulty of this type of project depends on the scope of the damage and where it is in relation to the other siding. If you cannot easily replace badly damaged siding on your own, bring in professional help. The quality of your finished product will reflect the condition of the siding underneath the paint.
If you want a high-quality paint job, do not start painting until you make the necessary repairs. Yes, it is quicker to simply get started, but the quality and longevity of your finished product will be negatively impacted if you do not make the necessary repairs.