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How To Prepare Your Home Exterior For Painting

How To Prepare Your Home Exterior For Painting

If you’re looking to improve the curb appeal of your property, a fresh coat of paint on your home’s exterior can do wonders. However, it is essential to prepare your home properly before starting your paint job. Here are some steps that you should follow to ready your house for exterior painting.

1. Wash the exterior

Having a clean surface is needed for any paint job to succeed, so be sure to wash your house exterior from top to bottom. To save you time and effort, use a pressure washer as it works efficiently. You may add cleaning detergent if there are mould and severe stains present on your exterior. Dry your home for at least a day before proceeding to the next step.

2. Scrape loose paint

Once the house is thoroughly dried, scrape any flaking paint by using paint scrapers and sandpaper. Start scraping the paint in the peeling area until you cover the whole exterior.

3. Seal any gaps

Apply caulk on cracked seams until they are completely filled and make sure you wipe away the excess with a damp rag. When doing this, be mindful not to seal gaps that are there for ventilation purposes.

4. Make home repairs

If you find any weathered wood, try to sand away the discoloured surface to ensure that it will hold the paint well. Also, check for areas that could be rotten. Small and shallow soft spots can be easily dug out and repaired. However, if the rot is already deep and widespread, it’s better to replace the entire piece of wood.

5. Trim and cover nearby plants

Trim and cover any bushes, trees or plants which are near your home to prevent the falling leaves from hitting the wet paint.

6. Apply primer

Put primer on all exposed areas using an exterior grade oil-based primer. Priming helps the paint to stick to the surface and increases paint durability.

If you are in need of a professional painting service, Prestige Decorating Services are here to help you. We have an experienced team working in a variety of environments, both interior and exterior work. If you have any questions or clarifications, please feel free to contact a member of our friendly team. Call us on 07786 548280 or send us a message at info@prestigedecorating.co.uk.