Why Is That Time Consuming Prep Work So Important?
Prepping Before Painting Makes Good Sense
Painting a house is never as simple as it seems. You can’t just buy a pretty color and slap it up on a wall and expect perfection. Any professional house painter will tell you the foundation for a beautiful paint job lies in the preparation.
On the exterior of your home, think of paint like sunscreen for your skin. However, unlike sunscreen, paint has to last for many years so it’s critical that the surface is in prime condition. Cutting corners here can have disastrous results.
A good scrubbing is the first order of the day. Painting over dust and dirt usually results in paint peeling away from under layers. Paint that is cracking and exposing bare siding may also be due to a poorly prepped surface or excess moisture. Should you discover cracking paint on your home, determine the cause for the moisture before repainting. Otherwise, you may eventually end up with the exact same problem to tackle all over again. What a waste!
If you run across mildew spots, trim back plants or shrubs that may have grown too close to the house preventing good airflow. You may even want to redirect gutters and downspouts.
Scraping and sanding are the best methods for removing defective paint. All bare wood must then be primed and seams and cracks should be caulked to keep moisture at bay. Only then are you ready to apply the paint.
The story is similar inside. Excellent prep work is the foundation of a superior paint job. Face the flaws right from the start so your end result is what you had envisioned. The fastest way to find flaws is to empty the room of furniture or move it to one area of the room and cover it with a drop cloth. Remove all wall hangings, and wall plates from electrical outlets and switches.
Look for cracking or peeling paint, particularly around windowsills and other trim. These will need to be scraped and sanded. Find and repair the cracks that can occasionally occur during the settling process paying close attention around doors and windows. Most likely you’ll have a few nail pops to repair due to everyday expansion and contraction, not to mention that hole you have been hiding behind your family photo! And don’t forget to inspect the vulnerable corners that tend to get dinged when moving furniture around or just in the course of life.
When all the patching and sanding is complete, drop cloths will need to be laid and windows and non-paint surfaces will need to be taped. Then you’re ready for the fun part!
Remember, the foundation for a beautiful paint job lies in the preparation. Do it correctly from the very start and you’ll enjoy your paint color a lot longer!