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Painting Your Exterior? Tips To Get It Done Right

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If the exterior of your home has gone from fab to drab, it may be time for a splash of paint to give it new life and curb appeal. Your home may appear faded or unsightly with time and sun damage and from other exterior elements. If you are considering painting the exterior of your home, you should consider hiring a residential painter. Painting the exterior of your home can be difficult in that there are a number of steps that need to be completed before you can actually paint so that the paint adheres properly to your home and doesn't bubble or chip off. Read on for some painting tips to ensure this job is done correctly.

Clean Your Home 

No matter what type of siding you have, you need to ensure it is clean before you begin. You can pressure wash your home or use a siding wash to clean the siding of your home. Clean it to remove dirt, debris, and algae that have begun to grow onto your siding. Clean off stains to remove them thoroughly so they do not end up soaking back through the new paint on your home. Clean the siding thoroughly, then rinse it to remove any soap or cleaner that you used. If you do not remove the cleaner, it can cause issues with the paint adhering.

Make Repairs

Repair holes in your siding, or cracks that can appear unsightly. Make any necessary repairs so your paint job looks cleaner and more cohesive and doesn't enhance those areas that need to be repaired. Repair holes or cracks with silicone, wood fill, or a new piece of siding if you have any extras laying around. Caulk seams that need to be caulked and fill in gaps in the siding.

Paint On A Dry Day

You need to be sure you have some dry days ahead and no rain in the forecast to allow you time to paint, but also time for your paint to dry and set. Rain can put a damper on your paint project, and it can cause issues with how it sets if you have heavy rain, and it wasn't able to dry thoroughly.

Have The Right Tools And Equipment

When you paint the exterior, make sure you paint with the right tools. Use a paint sprayer, a thick nap roller, or good-quality paint tools that won't leave behind bristles or roller naps. Make sure you have tall enough ladders or scaffolding to enable you to reach up high.

If you are planning on painting the exterior of your home, there are steps to take to ensure your paint job is done correctly and lasts a long time. Get in touch with a residential painting service to learn more.