Preparing to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

By admin | blog

Aug 20

Follow these easy steps to ensure that painting the exterior of your home is an enjoyable and rewarding experience:

  • Remove as many items as you can (planters, mailboxes, shutters, house numbers, hoses, outdoor furniture, and light fixtures).
  • Put drop cloths in place under the areas you plan to paint.
  • Make sure that all surfaces you plan to paint are smooth and free of cracks. Countersink any exposed nail heads, and spot prime areas as needed.
  • Use putty to fill any imperfections such as nail head depressions, and cracks on the surfaces to be painted. If necessary, scrape away old caulk and apply new caulk and prime.
  • When working with bare wood, apply primer before you re-caulk.
  • For glossy or shiny surfaces, lightly sand for better adhesion. Sand any “mill glaze” off new siding, to ensure proper paint adhesion.
  • Wash under eaves to remove any salt that may have accumulated.
  • Use a cloth or soft brush to clean off any dust and dirt from the surfaces to be painted. Remove chalk residue with a brush or water, and be sure to remove any mildew.
  • On any exposed areas where paint has worn thin, peeled, or blistered, apply primer and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Take Special Precautions on Special Surfaces

  • If your brick or masonry surface is streaked with a white powder or efflorescence, you can remove it with a wire brush and scraper.
  • Be sure to find and eliminate the cause of any efflorescence.
  • Wait 30 to 60 days before you apply primer or topcoat to newly constructed block and stucco surfaces.

Call us at (204) 691-6264 or email us at admin@stratfordprice.comfor advice on painting exteriors in Winnipeg.


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