Apr 1, 2013

Make your exterior paint job last longer.

Paint is such an easy upgrade to interior and exterior surfaces right?  Yes, with the right preparation! I recently selected the colors and plants for a client's Arts & Crafts era home, after only 3 years with the previous job. It had begun to peel and the colors had faded. Since there was wood involved, it was clear that the painting contractor hadn't taken the time to prepare the surface. Whether you're painting a new home or an old one, keep these tips in mind:

1) Remove all loose paint, dirt and rot. Textured surfaces, like stucco and wood have 'tooth' and lots of surface area for paint to bond, but the surfaces must be CLEAN to the paint will adhere properly.  Tri Sodium Phosphate is a good cleaner for interior and exterior walls.

2) Treat mold with a borate mixture.

3) Be sure the surfaces are fully dry before beginning to paint.

4) Use sandpaper to roughen glossy areas.

5) Pre coat knots with a sealer.

6) Repair or replace lifted caulk. 

7)If there are exposed screw and nail heads (especially in siding) be sure to counter-set, sand and seal them. Coating old ones with a rust resistant metal primer would be a good idea. Fill the holes with wood putty before you put on your exterior primer.

8) If you have or are using wood on your exterior, be sure to sand, fill holes, prime and paint quickly. Ultraviolet light breaks down wood surfaces so don't leave yours bare for any length of time.

9) Use a premium paint which will go on better, retain color longer and last!