5 STEPS TO MAKE THAT EXTERIOR PAINT JOB LAST.
IT’S ALL IN THE PREP!
iPaint and Contract, Inc. | Glen Cove, New York |
Whether hiring a painting company or doing it yourself, painting the exterior of your home is a big undertaking. Choosing the proper material is key to a successful paint job, but so is prep work. Neglecting prep can make maintenance much more difficult than it needs to be. A thorough painter will dedicate as much time to preparing the surface as they do in applying the paint.
1. Wash. A clean surface is essential for a good paint job. Paint won’t stick to dirt. A gentle power wash with bleach will remove mold, mildew, dirt, dust, and flaking paint. This will allow the new paint adhere to the surface. Make sure to let any wet or damp areas dry thoroughly.
2. Repair. Remedy wood rot to stop its spread. Smooth out surfaces by filling holes, cracks, and depressions with putty and caulk. A nice smooth and sleek surface will take the paint better. Houses constructed before 1978 may include lead paint. Scraping and sanding the exteriors of such homes must be done with care or by an EPA certified company. Lead paint dust and chips can cause significant health issues. Read the EPA lead guidelines for lead paint removal to learn how to proceed safely before you begin.
3. Prime. Spot prime areas that are bare wood, blistering, worn thin, or peeling. A coat of primer on raw wood is necessary to have the topcoat stick properly. The topcoat should go on within two weeks of the primer before it begins to break down.
4. Budget. Don’t use cheap paint, it’s not cost effective. Properly applied, quality exterior paint, lasts longer than the cheap stuff. Low cost paints contain low cost pigments. Using them means that you will need more coats to cover and that means more paint and more work. Good paint also has the right amount of the correct solids. Paint solids are responsible for its durability. Choose a paint that has a high percentage of solids. Beware that cheap paint inflate their solids percentage with cheap fillers. Binders are the liquid that bind the pigment and solids together. 100% acrylic binders are tougher and more weather resistant than vinyl or vinyl/acrylic binders.
5. Plan. Keep an eye on the weather. The time of year that you paint is important. For optimal painting it should be not too hot, not too cold. Do not apply paint when you are in strong direct sunlight or high winds. The paint solvents can dry too quickly affecting the flow of the paint and weakening the bond of the paint. Paint must be applied at the optimal temperatures. With the advent of new technologies this window of time has gotten larger. Check the manufacturers recommendations on the paint can.
To insure that your exterior paint lasts longer follow the steps listed above or call iPaint. We are licensed, insured and EPA certified.