Monday, March 1st, 2010
By far the most important aspect of any paint job is the surface preparation that must be performed. Preparation is often the step were homeowners and contracts tend to cut corners but this will only shorten the life of your paint job.
The level of preparation needed will vary depending on the condition and type of a surface, but you should always make sure the following steps are followed at a minimum
Surface Washing – Prior to painting the exterior of any structure, it should be thoroughly washed. This should be done by a professional as too vigorous washing can damage the surface of siding and cause water to penetrate into wood surfaces. I always recommend that a surface be treated with a chemical solution such as TSP (trisodium phosphate) prior to washing. This will kill any built up mold or mildew that is growing around a structure. The TSP will also de-gloss the old paint and make new paint adhere better
Scraping – All loose paint should be fully scraped and sanded prior to new primer / paint being applied. All transitions from bare wood to paint should be sanded thoroughly for a smooth finished look. You should always take the time to re-nail any loose siding or wood work while you are scraping.
Remove Old Caulk – Any old or loose caulking should always be removed and replaced prior to new paint being applied
Prime Bare Surfaces - Any bare surface should be primed prior to new paint. There are many kinds of primer that should be used for specific surfaces. It is always best to consult a professional prior to selecting a primer.
Now you are ready to paint!
If you ever have any questions or would like a free estimate to paint your home, feel free to contact me.
Josh Stolpe Owner –