There are dozens of inexpensive home improvement projects that you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal, starting with a fresh coat of paint. Picking your paint color is only the beginning. The majority of the time spent during the painting process is on getting the house prepped. If you think that the project may be too much for you to handle, you might try painters in Canton, Georgia, who can get the job done for you. However, if you decide to paint your house by yourself, we have compiled ten tips you’ll need to know before starting the job.
1. Mother Nature’s Timing
Georgia weather is unpredictable, so you’ll need to plan ahead when gearing up to paint. Try and select a dry time of the year to paint, when there is as little rain as possible and low humidity. Paint will not adhere to siding if it does not have time to dry.
2. Cheaper Isn’t Always Better
It cannot be stressed enough the importance of buying high quality paint. Higher quality means fewer coats needed, the paint will last through the years, and you’ll get better surface coverage when you paint. Thanks to paint-mixing technology, colors are guaranteed to last longer than ever. Don’t let the upfront cost steer you to a cheaper brand; it will cost you more in the long run when you have to re-do the job.
3. Wash and Sand
If the siding or trim of your house is dirty or rough, paint will not adhere to it. Be sure to clean the siding well and kill off any mildew using a pressure washer with water and chlorine bleach. Scrape or sand any areas that have peeling paint. This will create a solid surface for paint to adhere to.
4. Apply Caulk
Caulk is a sealant primarily applied to keep water from getting into the house. Walk around your home and inspect areas that need to be caulked. Fill the cracks of a surface with caulk until it overflows, then use your finger to smooth out the bead of caulking. Wipe the excess caulk with a damp rag. Failing to do so can lead to wood rot or mildew.
5. Replace Rotten Siding
When you’re painting the exterior of your home, there’s a pretty good chance that you will encounter rotted or damaged wood. Ignore the temptation to just paint over it, as this is only putting a metaphorical Band-Aid over the problem. To actually solve the problem, the best thing to do is to repair or replace the affected areas.
6. Save Time by Priming
Before painting it is traditionally best to apply a good coat of primer, before sanding it down, and finally applying a coat of paint. However, due to paint-mixing innovations, you can now buy primer and paint combined in one can. This will help you cut down on the number of coats needed. The primer and paint all-in-one is expensive, but comparable to the cost of purchasing the two separately.
7. Combine Cans of Paint
If you have multiple cans of the same color of paint, condense your paint into a five gallon bucket. This helps ensure that the color being applied is uniform. This is especially important if you didn’t buy enough paint the first trip to the store and have to buy more gallons at a later time.
8. Start at the Top
You can’t fight gravity. That’s why you start at the top and work your way down when painting. This helps prevent streaks and drips. It’s not 100% guaranteed that this method is fool–proof, but it will definitely make your job easier.
9. Seal It Off
When you’re done using paint for the day, properly close the paint container to prevent the paint from drying out. Lightly hammer the lid shut with a rubber mallet. If you want to take it a step further, you can even seal the lid with plastic wrap to ensure a tight seal.
10. Tame the Landscape
Painting can get a little messy, so you may want to cover the ground, brushes, and area around you while painting. Move anything that might be in the way like a garden hose or grill. Drop cloths can be used to protect items from getting paint on them. Your home’s exterior painting project is not only an improvement but also an investment. Spend your time and money now to do the job right the first time. It will look better and last longer. If you don’t have the time to get the project done, contact the professionals at J. Stevens Painting. We have been helping homeowners for the past 21 years.