🏠Exterior Prepping🏡

👋Hi everyone!! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Today we are going to go over the steps of prepping your home to paint it! 

1⃣ The first step is going out to the home 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 loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. 

**Make sure to take extra care around all doors and windows** 

2⃣ Next we protect everything around the house. First lay drop clothes along where you will be painting, also over any plants in case of over spray. We tape plastic over all the windows and lights. Finally take off all the shutters and set them to the side- they are painted separately. 

3⃣ Now we begin the first coat. We use an airless sprayer. It 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.

4⃣ After painting the first coat go back with a brush and cut in on all the corners, trim and around windows and doors. 

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5⃣ Next paint the second coat after allowing at least 5 hours to dry.

6⃣ Finally carefully remove the tape and plastic, reattach the shutters and gather all over utensils and equipment.

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SQUEAKY CLEAN

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!! Today we are going to continue our spring cleaning theme! We are going to talk about how to clean your windows like a pro this spring!

**ALWAYS USE CAUTION IF/WHEN USING A LADDER**

You will need:

  • A bucket big enough to fit a squeegee in
  • Squeegee
  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Clean towel

TIPS

  • Clean when no direct sunlight – This will help avoid streaks
  • Rinse and dry the windows immediately – This will also help with streaks
  • Wipe the squeegee in between each line – This will help clean the window faster
  • Wipe off remanding soap with a lint free towel- This will make sure there is no soap bubble residue

HOW TO CLEAN WINDOWS

  • First mix 1 part warm water to one part distilled vinegar in the bucket.

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  • Next dampen the squeegee by dipping it into the bucket with the solution.

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  • Get the whole window wet with the spongy side of the squeegee.

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  • After getting the whole window wet, use the rubber side of the squeegee, start from the top and work your way down. After each stroke wipe the squeegee off with a clean towel.

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  • After completing all steps, go back with a towel and carefully get the access solution off of the window

VIDEO GUIDANCE 

 

 

 

 

links-

https://www.thisoldhouse.com/how-to/how-to-clean-windows-pro

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/how-to-clean-windows-like-a-pro

https://www.familyhandyman.com/windows/how-to-wash-windows/view-all/

KEEP YOUR GUT SLIM THIS YEAR

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog! Today we are going to break down how to keep your gutters clean and leak free!

**WARNING- Always use caution when cleaning your gutters, they are sharp. Follow all safety procedures**

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YOU NEED 

  • Long sleeve shirt
  • rubber gloves
  • ladder horns
  • ladder
  • small scoop
  • hose
  • tarp
  1. First attach ladder horns to ladder- this will protect your gutter from any damage and help secure you.
  2. Lay out tarp underneath the gutters
  3. Next toss leaves on tarp, use scoop to get extra goop
  4. Continue through all gutters
  5. After cleaning up tarp and use hose to run water through the gutters. This will help check for any leaks. – check all around the house, if there is water on the house/ground see HOW TO FIX A LEAK IN GUTTERS

HOW TO FIX A LEAK IN GUTTERS

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YOU NEED

  • Ladder
  • Screw driver
  • silicone caulk
  • caulking gun
  • If there is any rust present on the gutters you also need-
  • Medium grit sand paper
  • utility knife
  • wire brush
  • spray paint
  1. After running water through the gutters and checking for water, locate the leak.
  2. Disconnect the seams
  3. Use utility knife to scrape off old caulk
  4. Use caulking gun and caulk and apply to inner lip
  5. Screw in screws

IF THERE IS RUST

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  1.  Follow same steps 1-3
  2. Use wire brush on rust, then sand paper
  3. Use rust-resistant outdoor spray paint
  4. give time to dry before continue the above steps 4 & 5.

6 SIGNS YOU NEED NEW GUTTERS

**Neglected Gutter damage will cause further damage to soffit and fascia**

1. Any cracks

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2. Gutters sagging or pulling away

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3. Pools of water or signs of mildew around the foundation

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4. Water damage or marks underneath the gutter

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5. Paint peeling on gutters

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6. Flecks of orange (rust) is in the water

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Spring into a New Look

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Hello Everyone!!

Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog! It’s that time of year again, when everyone EXCEPT mother nature knows its—spring cleaning! We all know through the wear and tare of the year it can take a toll on the house; that’s why we’re here with a quick 1, 2, 3 good as new home remedy. Today we are going to go over the does and don’ts of pressure washing your house.
WARNINGS

  • don’t mix bleach and ammonia
  • use caution with ladder
  • always wear protective eye gear
  • **ALWAYS USE CAUTION when using a pressure washer. Be sure to check the area for any possible hazards. Make sure everyone on the property also knows to stay away, they can cause extreme harm. Inspect the machine to ensure it is in the proper condition. See the owner’s manual for any questions**

HELPFUL TIPS

  • cover all plants
  • repair all damages
  • apply bleach with brush
  • let detergent sit 5-10 min. before use
  • use an extender to avoid pressure washing on a ladder
  • detergent depends on siding texture
  • be aware of powerlines
  • turn off all exterior power
  • avoid full pressure on masonry or vinyl

THINGS YOU NEED:

  • Trisodium phosphate ( 1/3 to 2/3 cups at your local store)
  • 1 gallon of water – mix with trisodium phosphate until dissolved
  • large bucket
  • laundry detergent
  • long handle brush
  • ladder
  • garden hose
  • bleach
  • plastic wrap/tarp
  • white vinegar
  • protective eyewear
  1. Check all of the siding and gutters make sure to repair all damages before pressure washing. Use tarp and tape to cover all plants and lights to ensure no damagte is done to them. Use a brush and scrub off all visible mildew.
  2. Mix the trisodium phosphate and water… for every 1 gallon of water mix 1/3 cups of trisodium phosphate (this may change depending on your type of pressure washer/siding.)
  3. Connect the hose to the pressure washer, make sure it is completely attached before turning the water on. Stand at least three feet from the house and test the pressure.

After completing those 3 easy steps you are now ready to transform your beautiful home again.
Tips for different Types of Siding
Vinyl- avoid door/window frames
Aluminum- avoid panel overlap
Wood- wet before applying detergent
Stucco- 2 ft from surface

Important Sites:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-own-exterior-house-cleaning-solution-28248.html https://pressurewashr.com/how-to-pressure-wash-a-house-to-clean-siding/

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/491-going-green-and-keeping-clean-outdoor-edition/

Vinyl Siding Painting

The use of Sherwin Williams quality paints on Vinyl siding is an affordable way to update your exterior.


Pressure wash

This is always a vital, and fundamental part of the preparation process.


Caulking

We review areas that where gaps can be found, and fill with caulk to prevent water from entering.


Painting

We use 2 Graco 395 airless sprayers, to improve work follow.  We use 517 spray tips in sprayer, this allows control and precision.