Painting the exterior of your home is a big job as well as a big investment. You want the paint you put on your home to last as long as possible before you need to do it again. Even if you bought the best paint that money can buy, if you don’t prep the surface of your home before applying it, you aren’t going to get the results you are looking for. Prepping the outside of your home is a big part of painting your house. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning is here to talk about what needs to be done to your home before you can paint it.
Give House a Good Cleaning Before Painting
While your home may not look dirty to the untrained eye, if you started to hose it off, you would find that there is a good amount of dirt and dust that comes off of it. Cleaning your home will help the paint adhere to the surface much better. Hand scrubbing your home would take forever to accomplish, but to pressure wash your home on your own could result in serious damage to your home. That’s why you should always hire a professional to pressure wash your home for best cleaning results.
Give House Time to Dry After Power Washing
After your home has been pressure washed, it is important that you give it ample time to dry completely. If you don’t, you could end up with mold growth on your hands. You need to give your home at least 72 hours of good weather to get it as dry as possible before you start painting.
Scrape Off Old Paint
Anywhere you see that there is paint that is starting to peel up, it is important that you scrape the old paint off those areas. There are more than likely going to be areas on your home where the paint is starting to curl or crack. These are the areas that you need to scrape before getting started.
Repair Walls Before Painting
There may be areas where the siding on your home is damaged or the trim needs to be replaced. This is the perfect time to make all of those repairs. You may need to use a hammer to hammer down any nails that are starting to protrude out as well.
Sand Your House Before Painting
Sanding the surface of your home before you paint it, will help the paint adhere to the home’s surface much better. You will want to get rid of any transitions where you had to scrape paint off and the existing paint is as well. This step will be well worth your time. Just make sure you get rid of the dust after with rags or a hose. Then you will have to let it dry again as well.