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Exterior Prepping…We are local painting contractors in the Central Illinois Area. Today we are going to discuss the preparation process to paint the exterior of your home!
Today we are going to go over the different steps we take when we are repainting the exterior of your home! There will be pictures and videos through out the blog!
Table of contents:
- Pressure Wash
- First Coat
- Second Coat
- Detail Painting
- Clean Up
The first step is going out to the home at least a week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere.
**Make sure to take around all doors and windows**
- Mildew treatment to kill existing growth. This operation can be time-consuming however is fundamental to ensure a quality and lasting paint.
- Scrape, any and all loose or chipping paint, sand and prime wood where necessary. Primer is vital; it is a sealer as well as a base for your paint to adhere to for years to come.
- Loose window putty will be replaced. As a complete and quality exterior painting job we will replace missing or loose window putty as needed, ensures exceptional service.
- Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
- Loose trim will need to be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
- Rusted metal will need to be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
- We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, and concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
- On occasion, we will offer to trim your trees. This will be at no additional cost.
- Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.
Next, we protect everything around the house.
We first lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We do this to make sure any paint doesn’t spill or stain anything.
We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any over spray.
Next, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. We do this so any over spray doesn’t go on the windows or lights.
Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. We take them down so the whole body of the house is painted. If the shutters are being painted it is easier for them to be painted unattached. They can go on a stand and be sprayed with the airless sprayer.
Now we begin the first coat, Primer. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running. There could also be globs of old paint stuck in the sprayer and come out and ruin your project.
The primer takes at least 4 hours to dry before you can apply the first coat of paint.
While the first coat dries, you can paint the shutters and anything else that is being painted (Ex: Any doors, metal awnings, or patio furniture)
After the primer is dry and four hours have passed we can paint the first coat.
We always paint two coats on every project.
We have to wait at least 8 hours before we can apply the second coat so we will leave it over night.
The second coat can be painted after 8 hours of dry time.
Most of the small detailed painting can’t be painted with the airless sprayer, so it will take some extra time and a brush or a roller.
After everything is painted and dried, we can clean things up! We pick up the drop cloths and tools we used. We can take all of the blue tape and plastic off the windows and lights.
Thank you for reading our blog! Today we went over the multiple steps when it comes to painting the exterior of your home!
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