Preparing the Exterior of Your House for Painting

By Geoff Sharp of Sharper Impressions Painting Company (Columbus, Ohio)

When a person decides to have their house painted they are making an investment in their property that they want the final results to look great and last a long time. It is highly important that the proper steps are taken to prepare and protect your home. Every good paint job is a result of proper preparation. There are several steps in the process that are vital and cannot be overlooked. Otherwise, you will spend more money correcting an improperly prepared home.

The first step in the painting process is to have the house cleaned. The best way to clean your home is power washing. Power washing is an effective and efficient way to clean the surfaces on the exterior of your home. A mixture of bleach and TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) along with water is the best solution to remove mold, mildew and chalking that may exist on the siding. If the paint on the siding is loose and peeling, a lot of that will be removed as well by power washing. There will be some loose paint left behind that will have to be hand scraped. Once the house is given adequate time to dry, your paint contractor should return and continue to prepare the house for paint.

The next step in the preparation process is actually protection. All walk-ways, the driveway, roof and landscaping should be covered with drop cloths while the painters are working in those areas. All windows, light fixtures and other items not getting painted should be covered by plastic or masked off with tape. Once all protection is in place your painter should go around the home and scrape all loose and peeling paint off the home. After the loose paint is removed all gaps and cracks in the home should be caulked with a paintable latex caulk. All bare wood areas should be primed with a high quality exterior primer. Once all of these preparation stages are complete, your house is finally ready to be painted!

As you can see preparing a house for paint is not a quick and easy process. It is actually time consuming and absolutely necessary for a quality paint job. Preparation is usually 80% of the paint process. It sets the tone for the entire paint job and if overlooked or done poorly it could result in a less than desirable end product. If all proper steps are taken to prepare your house for paint you can expect excellent results and your home looking beautiful for years to come.

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous

    If you are not home to watch Sharper Impressions Painting sub contractors (they do not employ painters)actually do the job, they will do the minimum they have to get the job done. Pay close attention to what they are doing. Nobody else will. Production painters just want to do the minimum to make you happy enough for them to get a check and leave. I worked for them. They shorted me. I lost money on the jobs that I painted for them. Mainly because I did it the right way.

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