Is your home ready for a coat of paint? Paints serve a far more critical purpose than just increase the curb appeal. It helps to protect your house from the elements.
The most important rules to follow for exterior painting are to prepare the surfaces well and to buy the best possible paint within your budget.
Understanding how to prep works to increase the longevity of your painting project.
This article brings you the inside scoop on painting over old exterior paint, painting old houses, prep work for previously painted surfaces, the cost involved, and much more.
It shouldn’t be challenging to paint again, considering that the surface has been painted already once. Considering that you may want to prep and prime, here’s how you paint any wall:
Priming helps seal and achieve a smooth surface for better adhesion. But is it necessary to use a primer every time you paint?
You do not need a primer:
You need a primer:
Exterior paint protects your house against sun, wind, rain, and other environmental factors until it starts cracking and peeling. Hence it makes sense to plan way ahead before painting.
Here’s how you paint an old house with quite a few coats of paint on it.
Prep work makes for 80% of the painting. Quality prep work makes the paint go on flawlessly, and the wall looks perfect.
The cost of painting an old house depends on the number of stories, conditions, and ease of access. You may have to pay $3 – $4 per square foot.
Painting older homes comes with its own set of challenges that make the project seem more daunting. Here are a few tips to help make the situation more manageable.
Exterior trim includes the molding around windows, doors, and corners. Often it is not the same color as the siding. Here are some tips and tricks to follow when painting exterior trim.
The finished look of the wood depends on the prep work.
No! Painting over peeling paint doesn’t result in a smooth and professional finish. You need to strip and scrape the paint before priming and painting the surface.
Many-a-painter in recent times prefers a sprayer to paint the exterior due to the speed. You can get the work faster and get the project done much quicker, reducing the labor charges.
However, the paint goes on as a thin layer and is difficult to control, especially with amateurs. You may have to shroud the cars, gutters, plants, etc., in the vicinity with fabric drop cloths.
Rollers, on the other hand, give a high-quality finish to the project. The paint goes on thick and precise, which prevents overspray.
On comparing the both, roller fares better than a sprayer due to the quality of the job.
A quality paint job requires minimal rain, little humidity, and not many temperature fluctuations from day to night. And as such, early summer and early falls are the best time for exterior painting. The weather conditions ensure that the paint goes on smoothly with the chance to dry and cure properly.
While there is no set timeline, it is safer to paint your house every 5-10 years. However, this varies depending on the material:
If the existing paint is of the same type and the wall is in good condition, you can go ahead and paint without sanding.
However, when it comes to wood, you may have to sand for proper adhesion. However, you can also skip the sanding process and make do with a primer.
Exterior painting is a pretty big job, especially if it is an old house. To ensure a quality paint job that will last for years, you need to have a proper painting process that includes extensive prep work.
Prepping involves scraping off old paint, sanding, and priming. It will save you money, time, and effort in the near future.
Having said that, not all surfaces require priming. If your walls are in good condition, you need not apply a primer; just go ahead with two coats of paint. Make sure that you paint the large areas first and the details towards the end. Furthermore, ensure that you have good-quality brushes and roller covers that can increase efficiency.
If you are looking for a stress-free exterior painting experience, you need to choose the right contractors – contact Nelson Greer Painting Contractors for your FREE quote today. We will make sure that your home is properly painted inside and out to last you for years to come. With over 220 years of experience in our company’s history, you’ll love what we can do with our professional painting contractors.
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