So, you’ve decided to repaint the exterior of your home. After finding house painters and choosing a color, you may think the only thing left to do is apply the new coat of paint. When it comes to hiring a professional house painting service in Chandler and having a successful project, however, the prep work is just as crucial as the painting. Here is a list of all the steps that you and your painter should follow throughout the project.
Make a Plan
Even for professionals, exterior house painting can be a daunting task, especially if they do not take the time to plan before jumping in. Your painters will begin by inspecting the home and breaking the project down into sections of what needs to be completed at the same time. They will also look out for any potential problem areas that may require extra attention. The planning step is also the best time to perform any necessary testing for lead paint. If the home was built before 1979, there a good chance lead paint was used. This makes the project a little more complex since they will need to sand or scrape the current paint off before applying the new paint.
Protect the Greenery and Ground
When painting outside, you must be mindful of the plants and shrubs on your property. Use lightweight tarps to cover shrubbery and flower beds. Taking time to cover them up before the project begins is a lot easier than cleaning paint debris out of them afterward. Just remember to remove the coverings at the end of the day so you don’t inadvertently harm the plants that you’re trying to protect. Try not to place any heavy supplies on top of delicate flowers or plants. Also, cover any water features so they don’t get damaged either.
Move or Tape Around Obstacles
Along the home’s exterior, there are a few objects that you do not want to paint, including outlet boxes, hose racks, and utility heads. Depending on the object, the painters will either remove them or tape around them. This will guard the items against getting any paint on them and, by taking care of it ahead of time, make the whole painting process go by a lot smoother.
Sand and Scrape
The majority of the preparation is getting the surface of the house ready to be painted. Houses that still have an existing layer of paint on them will need to have flaking paint scraped off and the edges sanded. This is a vital step in the process. Failing to remove old flaking paint will cause the new paint to flake off and not sanding the edges will result in the formation of large divots.
Repair and Clean
While the painters are sanding and scraping, they may notice a few damaged areas. The damage may be the result of wear from the weather or insect and animal activity. No matter the cause, you should take this time to repair the damage before painting the surface. After completing any necessary repairs, you will need to clean the surface. You can remove sanding dust with a simple wipe down or an air spray. If the home is particularly dirty, you may need to scrub it by hand or using a power washer.
Contact us at Life in Color Painting to learn more about how we can help with your next exterior painting project.