Nothing makes your home look quite as neat and clean as a fresh coat of paint. It can help your home look refreshed, and give it the face-lift your home needed. Not only can a fresh coat of paint freshen things up, but it can improve the curb appeal of your house. There are quite a few steps that are required before your house gets that fresh coat of paint though. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to walk you through some steps that need to be completed before you can have the exterior of your home painted.
Best Way to Scrape Away Old Exterior Paint
Before you can put a new coat of paint on the exterior of your home, you need to use a metal brush and scrape the chipping paint from areas where paint is peeling up. You can also use a large putty knife to scrape at the old paint as well.
Sand the Exterior Surface
Now that the old paint has been removed, you need to sand the old paint down. If you don’t sand down the paint, you won’t get an even coat of paint when you put the new paint on. The use of an orbital sander makes the job quite a bit quicker. Once the areas are sanded, you are sure to get a seamless coat of paint when you go to apply it.
Repair Any Flaws
Over time, the nails that hold the siding onto your home start to come up. Now is the perfect time to repair them. You may need to replace them all together, or you can just hammer them back into place. If you have any big divots in the wood, you can use a surface compound to fill them in. Make sure the surface compound is rated for exterior use before you start. If you end up filling in any grooves, you will need to sand them and make sure the surface is smooth again once you are done.
Caulk Exterior Siding
You will want to check the caulking around your doors and windows to make sure it is still in-tact. If it is starting to peel away, remove it and re-caulk the surface. Before you do this, check to make sure the caulking you use is paintable and made for the exterior of your home.
Clean Your Rain Gutters and Downspouts
Before you get your house painted, it is the perfect time to get your gutters and downspouts cleaned. You can call a professional pressure washing company like Big Moose Pressure Cleaning to clean your gutters for you. After all, your gutters and downspouts may need a coat of paint as well, and you want them cleaned properly and ready for a new coat of paint.
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This is probably one of the most important things you will do before you have your house painted. If the surface of your home isn’t cleaned completely, the paint will not stick the way it should to your siding. It is best to have this done professionally. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning uses the proper equipment and detergent to get your home ready for that fresh coat of paint. We also offer professional soft wash roof cleaning as well as gutter and downspout cleaning too. Call today!