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Preparing Your House for Exterior Painting

There are several steps to take when preparing your house for exterior painting. We want you to succeed and make your home look great and increase its value, so if you follow these suggestions, you should end up with a job you’ll be proud of. Many times a professional painter can do these for you, but if you prefer to do it yourself here are some tips.

 

Pressure Wash the Outside

 

To ensure that you get the best paint coverage, you’ll need to remove all the dirt and dust that builds upon the exterior of your home. The easiest and best way to do this is to use a pressure washer. If you don’t own one, you’ll want to rent one and should be able to find one that’s not overly expensive. When you do the pressure washing, it’s best to work your way from the top to the bottom of your home in a controlled and smooth fashion. Make sure to overlap each stroke by about eight inches.

 

Make Any Repairs That Are Needed

 

Make sure to look around the exterior and take note of any damage to the walls of the home. If it’s major damage, make sure to call a professional to come and take a look. 

 

Remove Loose Paint

Once your house is dry and all repairs have been made, you’ll want to see if there’s any loose or flaking paint around your exterior. If you find patches of it, you’ll want to put a drop cloth on the ground in these areas and take a paint scraper or some medium grit sandpaper and remove the flaking paint. This is going to help the new paint stick a lot better and look much more professional.

 

Nothing In The Way

 

You’ll want to make sure that there is nothing in the way when your home is being painted. This means that if you have trees, flowers, and bushes up close to your home that you trim these plants back. You don’t want to have to be fighting these plants while painting. You also want to make sure that none of the plants will be brushing up against your wet walls and damaging your paint job. You may also want to cover the doors, windows, and lights with plastic to protect them from any paint splatter or spills.

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