If you need to repaint the exterior of your home or business, you may be considering doing it yourself to save money. While laymen certainly can handle exterior painting jobs, if you want it done right there is a lot of preparation and work that goes into the process. Knowing everything you need to do ahead of time will prepare you for the task. And, once you know everything that is needed, you might change your mind and decide to hire a painting contractor.
The hardest part of any exterior painting job is preparation. This stage of the project is often more time consuming than the actual painting itself. But if you do not follow all of the guidelines for preparation, you will not have a long-lasting exterior paint job on your home or business.
Removing Old Paint
The first thing that has to be done is to remove the old paint. Scrape all of the flaking paint from the exterior of your home. Some areas will still have paint that is stuck on. Sand down these pieces so that you have a completely smooth surface to work with. This will eliminate problems with the paint adhering to the wood and being smooth. You’ll also need to caulk trim and other grooves in the wood and sand these down as well.
Cleaning the Surface
The best way to clean the surface of the exterior of your home is to use a power washer. You want to be sure that all debris, dirt, and grime is completely off of the building. Once this is done, wait at least two days before you start painting. If you paint on wet wood the paint will not be able to adhere properly and it will not hold up to the elements. Most people do not have access to a power washer, which is another reason to hire a contractor.
Many people who paint their own homes do not realize that a primer is necessary. Priming the wood is important. If you do not use a primer before painting, the paint will soak into the wood. It will not look very good, and it will require more coats of paint. It may seem as though you are painting your home twice since you have to prime first, but it is necessary.
Lead Paint Warning
If your home was built before 1975, you could be dealing with lead paint. You can get a testing kit at your local hardware store to find out if the paint on the exterior of your home is lead based. If it is, there are federal guidelines for how it must be handled. If you have lead-based paint, you really should hire a professional painting contractor to handle your paint job. Canaj Painting is quite capable of handling lead-based paint removal according to all guidelines.
Whenever you work on a ladder you should not be working alone. Someone should be available to hold the ladder or be nearby in case you fall. You should also make sure you wear safety goggles, especially while scraping, sanding and cleaning the surface in preparation for the paint.
Canaj Painting is Here to Help
If all of this seems like more than you bargained for, consider hiring professional painting contractors to handle the job for you. We at Canaj Painting are very capable of handling your project so that you can be stress-free. Contact us today.