Paints are a combination of pigments and the color particles are held together by the paint resin as the paint dries. This thin layer of clear resin forms on the surface with the color pigments locked underneath. As time goes by, all paints will start to show chalking when exposed to the elements. Paint chalking is a formation of white, chalky powder on the surface of paint. This happens as paint weathers and the binder is slowly degraded by the sun. When paints wear away from the UV rays of the sun and exposes the pigments below, the pigments aren’t bound into the paint film by the resin. When the surface is wiped, a powdery substance will come off. This is chalking.
How Does Excessive Chalking Affect a New Paint Job?
Chalking is better than flaked or cracked paint. If there is no flaking or cracking, removal of the chalk makes the surface ideal for painting. Skipping chalk removal can have it running down onto structures underneath and marring the surface. It can make a new coat of paint look lighter than it is. Chalking can also erode the paint film and lead to a loss in protection to the substrate. Painting over chalk prevents proper adhesion, leading to paint failure and additional chalking. Why spend good money to repaint the exterior of your home only to get less than perfect results? Pressure wash first for the better, longer lasting results. Yes, painting without cleaning will allow the paint to apply, but it won’t last. Painting dirty siding, seriously shortens the lifespan of the paint. Doesn’t it sound better to paint you house every 6 or 7 years instead of every 3 or 4?
Pressure Wash Paint Prep Before Exterior Painting
Removing chalking is essential for a successful exterior repainting job. Before painting the exterior of your home, you need to clean the exterior, and clean it well. Pressure washing provides a quick and easy way to get the job done, but to make sure it’s done the right way and without any damage, you need professionals. You already have a huge project on your hands with painting the house, the last thing you need is to deal with is repairing damage. Professional pressure washing will clean your home much faster and more effectively than trying to do it on your own with a garden hose or a rented pressure washer. There’s a lot of effort involved in DIY pressure washing. It is rigorous, sweaty work that requires some knowledge about pressure washers and the techniques needed to get the job done right. A pressure washer in the wrong hands can actually be dangerous. You can hurt yourself or someone else not to mention damage to your home. Wrong settings and wrong aim can be disastrous.
Pressure Washing & More in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove, Griffin, Stockbridge & Social Circle Georgia
Take the extra time and the extra cost to have your home pressure washed before you paint to save money in the long run. A phone call to Big Moose Pressure Washing is the best way to go. Contact us today.