How Professionals Prep a House for Exterior Painting 

If you’ve painted the exterior of your house enough, you’ll agree that it’s not only about the paint quality, finishes, and technique. But it’s also about the right preparation. This is where professional painters come in. Today we’re looking at how to prep a house for painting exteriors, from the perspective of professionals.

Professional painters start an exterior painting job by preparing the surface to ensure that paint sticks to it for longer and doesn’t fade, chip, or flake away. As the exterior of your house faces the harshest weather conditions, it makes sense to do all you can to make it look the best.

So, how do you do that? Let’s answer how to prep a house for painting exteriors.

Get Your Tools And Materials

First things first, you’ll need to gather all the tools and materials necessary to complete this process. The materials that you’ll roughly require include a primer, a caulker, a pressure washer, a paint sprayer, a paint scraper, drop cloth, plastic sheeting, a ladder, a sanding block (medium grit), a putty knife, and a caulk gun.

Clean The Surfaces

It’s essential to clean the surface that you wish to paint to ensure that the paint sticks to it perfectly. Clean the surface using a pressure washer to eliminate any stubborn dust, dirt, and debris. It’s essential to work from top to bottom to ensure that you’re not creating any mess. For full coverage, it’s recommended to overlap each stroke.

Repair Damages

Once you’ve cleaned the surface, you will be able to identify any holes and crevices better. Thus, the next task here is to make the surface smooth. We recommend using epoxy filler with a putty knife. Once you have filled in, let the epoxy dry up. Next, sand the surface for a clean finish.

Fill In The Cracks

Before doing anything else, it’s essential to remove any chipped paint and sand down the surface. Begin to fill in all the cracks and crevices in the surface that you see. Most of these cracks are bound to be around doors and windows, so keep an extra eye out for them. Remember to caulk the gap between the siding and the trim as well.

Use A Primer

A primer can help to avoid any bleed-through of the paint to the material below. However, take note that a primer is not always necessary, especially if you are repainting the surface with the same color or a darker color. A lighter color calls for a primer coat, which can be spray-painted onto the wall for easier application.

Paint The Siding And The Trim

Go in with the eggshell exterior paint, using a paint sprayer, and make sure to overlap each stroke twice. Once the siding paint is dry, you can now go in with two coats of exterior semi-gloss paint on the trim, with a decent-sized paintbrush.

And there you have it, the various steps required for how to prep a house for painting exterior! However, it is too much work. And why toil yourself when you can ask professionals to do it for you? Contact Yanover today to get the exterior of your house painted to perfection at 678-347-1120.

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