As a Professional Painting company, we understand that when it comes to home makeovers, applying a fresh, revitalizing coat of paint can be transformational to a renovation project. After completing several exterior and interior paint jobs for satisfied homeowners, we always get asked to provide “Best Practices” on painting.
For a successful DIY exterior home painting project, a homeowner needs proper preparations, tools and know-how, to beautify a home and protect it for years to come. This blog post provides a few helpful tips for the DIY homeowner interested in Exterior Painting of their home. Remember, if you are not willing to take the time, adequately prepare, use the proper techniques and purchase the proper products, you should consider hiring a professional painter to do the exterior paint job.
The first step in the process of a success paint job is proper preparations. Exterior prep work can be labor-intensive, but if you start painting without taking the proper steps, you’re likely to get unsatisfactory results.
Washing – Paint will best adhere to your home after purging the walls of grime, mildew and excess residues. Pressure washers are one option, but in the wrong hands may do more harm than good. Instead, use this effective trio: a pump sprayer, hose and scrub brush.
Scraping – The tedious process of scraping peeled or blistered paint by hand is more effective than convenient—yet more damaging—sanders and power grinders. A heating gun will expedite the process. Should your exterior paint contain lead, you’ll need to take further precautions than simply wearing goggles and a respirator mask.