Prepping the Exterior of Your Home for Paintingby Kevin Smith Author
As a homeowner, improving the curb appeal of your home should be a top priority. Even if you’re not expecting to put your home on the market anytime soon, increasing your curb appeal will give you a greater sense of ownership and improve the appearance of your neighborhood. If you’re not sure where to start, consider investing in exterior painting in Milton. With these tips and tricks, you’ll be ready once the professional painters arrive.
Prep the Surface
You wouldn’t ever paint a dirty interior wall. The exterior of your home is no different. If you don’t clean off all the dust and debris beforehand, it will get mixed in with your paint color and create a mucky mix. Use a pressure washer and cleaner, if needed, to remove any grime. Allow the surface of your home to dry completely before proceeding.
Scrape Away the Old to Get Ready for the New
Once the exterior of your home has been properly cleaned, it’s time to scrape. Using a wire brush, remove any old paint that may be peeling away in the areas that will be painted. Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to scrape all the old paint away or to even reach the bare wood underneath. Paint that’s still intact will just be painted over.
Repair and Sand
After scraping your old chipped paint, use a repair compound to fill in any cracks or holes that could prevent a smooth paint job. This is also a good time to caulk around your windows and doors. Allow the compound and caulk to dry completely. Then, use sandpaper to create a flawless surface. Be sure to go over the repaired areas, as they’ll be rough due to the repair compound. You’ll also need to pay careful attention to any spots that had paint chipped away as they tend to be uneven, too.
Protect Your Property
You don’t want to damage your beautiful landscaping in the midst of your painting project. Before you begin, make sure that you cover your flowerbeds, lawn, and trees with tarps or drop cloths. By covering things up, you prevent paint from destroying or killing your plants. It’s also a good idea to cover up any banisters and remove your exterior lighting fixtures to prevent damage from occurring.
Once you’ve properly prepped, primed, and protected your property, you’re ready to begin exterior painting in Milton. With the professionals on their way, your home will be the best looking on the block in no time.
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