Tips For Preparing Exterior Painting Surfaces
Painting is not an easy task. Many people end up with a botched up job. This is because they focus on the painting itself and forget about preparing the surface for the actual painting. You should not make the same mistake. It will cost you time, effort and unnecessary repair costs. You need to make sure that the surface you want to paint is smooth, clean and free of any debris. Anything less than this and your painting will soon begin to peel off. In other words, you need to focus on preparing the surface for painting before you can even begin thinking about painting it. Here are a couple of tips for preparing exterior painting surfaces.
- You need to get hold of a pressure washer.
A pressure washer does the best job of preparing your exterior surface for painting. You may need to hire one from a professional painter since they are not readily available. Hiring this piece of equipment may cost you a small sum of cash but it is indeed worth the money. You may even ask the professional painter to pressure wash the surface for you. You can use a brush and a good liquid detergent in place of a pressure washer to scrub the surface clean. You can then rinse the detergent off the surface by using clean water and then let it dry. You should use this alternative in case the pressure washer is unavailable or too expensive.
- You need to remove any rust of flaking paint on the surface.
Either scrubbing or using a pressure washer may not get the rust and/or flaking paint off a surface. In this case, you will need to use a hand scraper to get the job done. You need to sue a scraper that has many bristles so that it works faster in addition to having a wrap around handle that protects your fingers during the scraping process.
- You need to sand the surface if you are repainting over a gloss or semi-gloss paint surface.
This is critical to the success of your painting job. If you do not do this then the new coat of paint you are trying to apply will not adhere to the surface. Alternatively, you can use a liquid cleaning/dulling agent instead of sanding the surface.
- You need to fill in any gaps and/or cracks on the surface.
This is important to your painting task because it will make the surface of the painting area to appear smooth. It will also increase the longevity of the painting. You can easily fill in gaps and cracks with elastomeric caulk. You can also repair wood splinters with putty.
- You need to tape off any window frames close or within your designated painting area.
This will prevent you from getting paint on these surfaces. This will prevent any unnecessary smudges or drips on windows and other surfaces that you may have taped. This ensures that your paint job comes out perfectly without adversely affecting certain surfaces and items. This makes your work look professional and well thought out.
These tips for preparing exterior painting surfaces will help you to achieve a high level of painting expertise. You should take them to heart and apply them anytime you have an exterior surface to paint.