After a while, painted houses begin to reveal wear and tear, so once in a while, doing an energizing exterior house-painting project can take back your home’s vibrancy. There is a lot of preparation work needed for repainting a house but it's essential to not skip this part because it makes the painting work much easier and ensures that the paintwork endures and remains in excellent condition.
Step-1 Wash The Surface
It is significant that you spend some time washing the dust and grime off the outside of your house before you begin painting. If the exterior surface of your house is free of paint-repelling soil, the primer and paint will adhere very well, making the paint last longer. A simple wash with a hose, a pump sprayer and a scrub brush is enough, but if you decide that you would choose a pro to help you, a power washer in the hands of a pro can give a superior clean.
Utilize a wire brush and a wide-blade putty knife to remove small areas of defective paint. Scrub under the laps of clapboard siding on downspouts and gutters too. For speedier work on metal, a wire brush attachment on an electric drill will remove rust and paint with easy effort. You need to hold the scraper so the blade is perpendicular to the wood, apply moderate to firm pressure, and drag it along the surface. Keep the blade flat against the wood so it would not gouge the surface.
Step-3 Repair Cracks
The purpose here is to repair any damage that might worsen over time, which may need a future painting of your home. Be sure that you restore any rotten wood, repair any dents and replace broken pieces of your home that might get inferior in the future. Stop small water leakage & restore cracks with Rust-Oleum Leak Seal Spray. This product is to fill small cracks on gutters, roofs, concrete etc. This also provide protection against dampness and corrosion.
Step-4 Sanding is Needed
For smoothing the rims of scraped spots here and there, you can wrap a piece of sandpaper around a wood block. For larger areas, it's less tiring and more operative to utilize an electric orbital sander. Move it up and down or back and forth throughout the surface to remove old paint and smooth rough edges at the same time. Don't utilize an electric disc sander or a belt sander. Both can go away swirls or dips in the wood that can show through a new coat of paint.
Step-5 Go For Primer
Once you have repair all the cracks, you should apply Rust-Oleum Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Water Base Primer to some of the distressed areas, particularly if your paint-removal system has uncovered raw wood or bare metal. For latex paint, utilize latex primers; for solvent-thinned paints, utilize solvent-base primers; and for metals, utilize metal primers. Not only do these coatings give extra protection against the elements, they also shape a firm foundation for finishing paints. Priming is constantly needed too when you're working on new wood.
Step-6 Paint Your Walls
Mixing a couple of cans of the same color of paint into a larger container, such as a five-gallon bucket, will help confirm a uniform color is implemented to your home's exterior. This step, known as boxing the paint, is a technique the professionals follow. Starting at the top and working your way down while painting enables control streaks, as you will be working with gravity instead of against it. Drips are inevitable, but this technique will let you to feather out mishaps in the direction you are working.