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How To Prep Your House For Painting

Are you contemplating re-painting your home? That is a great idea, but you also need to know about the mammoth task that comes before that – prepping the house. Though it might sound simple, it takes considerable time and effort to do that.

Here goes:

  • First and foremost, stock up on drop cloths. Place these under the areas that need to be painted.
  • All surfaces to be painted have to be crack-free and smooth. If there is unsightly old paint, ensure that you scrape and sand it. You might need a wire brush, or a power drill with paint-stripping attachments made of wire, while scraping old paint from a rough wood surface. Countersink any exposed nail heads and also spot prime areas if necessary.
  • Exercise caution while prepping the exterior of your house. Use putty and caulk to fill up nail head depressions, cracks, and flaws on the surfaces that are to be painted. You should scrape off old caulk and redo that portion with new caulk and primer. Apply the primer before re-caulking in the case of wood.
  • All impurities such as dirt and dust should be cleaned using a cloth or soft brush. Mildew should be removed completely as well as chalk residue. If the paint has become thin, peeled, or blistered in any area, apply primer and let it dry.
  • Sand glossy or shiny surfaces gently. This is done for proper adhesion. Remember to sand away “mill glaze” off new siding.
  • Brick and masonry surfaces might be streaked with a white powder or efflorescence, but you can remove it with a scraper and wire brush. Get to the root of the efflorescence so that you can get rid of it at the source.
  •  Clean and prime all gutters and downspouts before the painting is done. Previously painted gutters and downspouts might have rust or peeling, which you can eliminate with a brush and scraper. Sand the edges smooth, from sound paint to bare spots. Galvanized gutters and downspouts are covered with fabricating oil, which needs to be removed; after which you can prime it but use a latex product only.
  • There should be a 30-60 day gap when you are applying primer or topcoat on newly constructed block and stucco surfaces.

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