Painting – whether it is on the exterior or interior of your home – requires preparation. Any surface you plan to paint can become damaged over time. If you are not careful to find and repair that damage it will result in a low-quality finished product. In addition, painting over damaged areas will shorten the life of your paint job. Before you start painting, take the time to look for areas that need repair such as cracked paint, peeling paint, damaged wood, and damaged sheetrock.
Paint can start cracking for a number of reasons. In some cases, the paint is simply old and has come to the end of its life. Paint that is used improperly – such as interior paint on an exterior surface – can quickly start cracking. If you painted on a surface that was dirty you may also find that the paint starts to crack sooner than expected. Painting over a cracked surface will lead to more cracks. Before you start painting, carefully check for areas with cracked paint. Dealing with the cracked paint by sanding it down or removing it completely will provide you with a high-quality surface to paint.
The reasons you should look for peeling paint are similar to the reasons you should look for cracked paint. Painting over an area that is peeling will only lead to more peeling paint. Plus, you will not be able to get a smooth finished product if you paint on top of an area that is peeling. Peeling paint is a little easier to notice than cracked paint during a search. If you discover an area that is peeling, you need to sand down the paint until the surface is smooth before you get started on the new paint job.
Wood can become damaged in a number of ways. If you have wood siding or wood framing at your house, it can get damaged from water, pests, and general exposure to the elements. Wood can rot, splinter, and get broken over time. Painting over damaged wood will leave you with a finished product that looks uneven and will not last very long. Examine your wood siding and any other wood you plan to paint on your house for signs of damage before you start. Make repairs or replace the pieces of damaged wood before you paint.
The surfaces on the inside of your house also need to be examined for damage before you paint. Sheetrock can become damaged by things like bumps from furniture and toys that get accidentally thrown at the wall. When sheetrock gets damaged, it can leave areas without texturing or even cause holes. In order to get a finished product that looks even, you need to address each area of sheetrock damage before you paint.
Proper preparation is an essential part of getting a high-quality paint job. Take the time to look for damage before you start painting and then make repairs. If you do this, your paint job will look better and last much longer.