Painting the exterior of your home is a time consuming and expensive task, so it’s no wonder you want the job done right. When it comes to exterior painting, there is a certain amount of preparation that takes place before you get started. Preparing the surface is key to a successful paint job. When you paint your home, it is for more than aesthetic reasons. Your paint offers your home protection from the elements as well. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning is here to talk about the importance of pressure cleaning before your paint the exterior of your home.
Importance of Cleaning Your Wood Siding & Exterior Walls Before You Paint
If your home is properly cleaned before you paint it, you will not get the results you are looking for. The paint will have a hard time adhering to the surface and will not last as long either. Power washing your home before you paint with a psi of 2,200 to 3,500 is recommended. This involves much more than using your hose to spray off the dirt and dust you can see. Power washing shouldn’t be done unless you know what you are doing though. Improper power washing can leave you with problems like this:
• Wood can be damaged by a jet stream of water that is too powerful.
• Paint that is intact could be damaged rather than just removing the paint that isn’t attached anymore.
• Oversaturation of the wood which leads to longer drying times.
Pressure Washing Cleans Your House Exterior Before Painting
Before you paint your home, you need to remove more than the visible dirt. If there is any mildew present on your home, that needs to be removed as well. It takes more than a strong stream of water to remove mildew. You need to use a bleach mixture to ensure it is completely gone before you paint. Any oils need to be removed as well so the new paint can adhere properly to the home.
Preparing Exterior Wood Trim & Siding for Painting
Once you have the surface of your home clean, you can check it for any areas that need repairs before painting. You want the surface to be sound before applying any paint. If you find that there are any holes or cracks that need to be filled, this is the time to do that. They can be filled with an epoxy wood filler and then sanded so the surface is smooth and level. If there is any rotting or damaged wood, it will likely need to be replaced altogether before painting.
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Before you start the adventure of painting your house, it’s important that you take the time to prepare the surface to ensure you get the best results possible. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning offers pressure washing for the exterior your home to get it ready for that new coat of paint. By choosing us, you know you won’t end up damaging the siding on your house and your paint job will look amazing upon completion. Call us today!