For some, exterior painting seem to be a plain task, but it is actually a difficult and time consuming task that requires a lot of planning, attention to small details and preparation beforehand. One cannot just jump straight into the exterior painting process because there are a lot of things to be considered first, such as selecting the appropriate color, preparing the surface, determining the proper paint application, and many more. Impressions painting Tulsa would like to give you these steps to better help you think through your next painting project.
Step by step process:
#1 Clean the exterior surface
Before you proceed on painting the exterior surface of your house, it is important to make sure that your canvas is washed and cleaned from bottom to top, in order to make sure that it is free from any foreign substance and uneven textures.
TIP: you can rent a pressure washer to help you with the exterior surface cleaning. Moreover, cleaning the surface of your house using this method can help in taking off hard to remove molds and severe stains from the exterior of your house. This can also save you a lot of time, as compared with the conventional hand washing method.
By cleaning the exterior surface of your house, you can maximize its overall adhesion with the paint that you’re about to apply. After cleaning, let the exterior surface of your house dry for 1-2 days before proceeding to the next step.
#2 Let it dry then scrape off any flaking paint
It is important to make sure that the surface of your home is completely dry before proceeding to this part. The primary reason behind this is because scraping off excess or flaking paint while it is still wet would lead to more paint flaking as it dries. So, it is advisable to let your home dry for at least a day or two before proceeding to scrape.
Look out for the following:
- remove any visible wasp’s nest, spiderwebs and leaves
- remove any dust and thin soot along the exterior surface of your home
#3 Apply caulk to any cracked areas
Crack clapboards, seams, voids, and junctions can be filled using caulk. You should fill these cracks and voids with caulk fully, up until it is completely filled. After this, you can proceed on wiping the excess caulk away using a wet towel or rag.
A word of caution: be careful with applying caulk on the gaps or voids on the structure of your home, because if not, you might end up blocking gutter or soffit that are meant to be there for air circulation and ventilation purposes.
#4 Make necessary repairs
Before you proceed on the painting part, make sure to repair all the rotted and damaged areas of the exterior surface of your home first. It is always advisable to ask a professional or an experienced carpenter to assist you with the repairs, especially if it is an extremely damaged one.
#5 Primer application
It is important to prime any exposed or bare areas of the exterior surface of your home with an oil-based primer, preferably if it is an exterior grade one. This step is crucial as it helps in sealing the exposed wood, and creates a moisture tight deterrent between the paint and the exterior surface of your home.
TIP: having a light sanding or a palm sander ready may come in handy for this step.
While priming the whole exterior surface of your home can be very beneficial, it is important to focus on priming the problem areas of your home such as dried wood and raw wood fillers. Also, if there are any bare spots, a quart amount of primer would be enough.
#6 Trim nearby trees, plants and bushes
Nearby trees, plants or bushes can cause blockage along the way. So it is advisable to trim close contact trees, plants and bushes, in order to have more working space for you without the disturbance of any thorns and branches. Furthermore, this will protect your plants from any paint spills and splashes once you proceed with the pain application.
After this step, you can now proceed with the exterior painting of your house. You can choose among these two methods: rolling paint or spray equipment to have the exterior surface of your house painted.