aaron • July 11, 2016 • Comments Off on Exterior Painting Tips
Exterior home painting is equally as important as the interior home painting. To be frank, many people fail to understand the essence of exterior painting, what they fail to know is that what people see in the outside tends to think it resembles the inside. Of course, everyone wants their home to be ranked the best in their neighborhood and would do anything to achieve that but how? All it takes is do a nice exterior painting.
Here are some of the tips and techniques to help out while undertaking exterior painting
Get the lead out
If your home was painted before 1978 you are supposed to test for lead paint. Unfortunately, if the lead paint test is positive there and then you are obligated to take safety measures when removing it. This is because lead particles are hazardous. Some of the things that you should do to prevent inhaling lead dust is by wearing mask and make sure that you clean the areas with a HEPA vacuum. After you are done removing it, you should ensure you dispose all the trash at an approved hazardous material site.
Wash the exterior
Painting doesn’t adhere well with dirt and for this reason you must thoroughly clean your home’s exterior before painting. Apparently, you may use either mildew killer concentrate or a mix of water and phosphate free cleanser like jomax house cleaner while cleaning the exterior.
There are two ways that you can use to apply the solution. One is hand-applying using a sponge which will not only take a lot of your precious time but also won’t clean your exterior well enough. The other way is by hiring an expert. As much as am consand, I would highly recommend hiring an expert who will clean your home exterior within a few minutes and also deliver quality services.
Scrap off loose paint
When clapboards dry up, remove loose, flaking paint. The best tool for this task is usually a handheld scraper. Nonetheless, you have other tools which include infrared paint stripper or hot-air gun. You are strictly advised against use of open-flame touch, as a matter of fact, in most states it’s illegal to use them as they can easily start fire.
Sand rough sports
A pad sander will definitely smooth out any remaining rough sports. You are to undertake this procedure with care to avoid leaving sander masks in the wood. Your health comes first, as you well know lead is dangerous and can pose health threat to your life therefore, you should use sanders fitted with HEPA filters.
Fill and repair
After you are through with washing scraping and sanding wood siding you should go ahead fill the minor holes or digs uncovered by patching patty. If you happen to come across a major rot problem just call a carpenter to replace the bad wood. Don’t just stop there, check for any drainage problems that may trigger wood rotting and fix it because if you don’t it will just be a matter of time and you find yourself having to do another exterior repair and painting.
Gray, white or tinted primer is essential for topcoats. It also works well in joints, gaps, windows and round doors. If you are painting over a bare wood or where there was latex paint previously then latex primer will be perfect. On the other hand, if you are about to paint multiple coats of oil based paint you should stick to oil-based primer.
Caulk all joints
Apply silicon on all tops. This will help in creating pleasing looks and also prevent water penetration. The good thing with caulk tubes is that they have warranties and you only need around seven of them for your entire house.
Choose the right paint
Paints with water-based acrylic latex are by far much easier to use than oil-based paints. Some of the reasons that makes water based acrylic late popular is that:
Easily cleaned by soap and water
Oil-based paints are also good because they last longer and appear to be shinier as compared to water-based paints.
Apply top coats
Top coats are very fundamental when looking for lasting solution. It’s good to apply top coats but don’t apply to many top coats as this will only interfere with paint bond.
Practice good maintenance
To make you paint last longer you need to engage yourself in good maintenance. Some of the things that you should do to ensure good maintenance involve; removing mold or mildew, washing strains, checking the caulk yearly and replacing cracked or missing parts.