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9 Important Tips to Remember for Exterior House Painting Projects

Painting the exterior of a home is a job that requires sufficient time and preparation. It also helps if you know a few “tricks of the trade,” which is what we’re going to reveal here.

1. When buying paint, buy quality:
There are a lot of bargain-brand paints out there, and you shouldn’t use any of them. Like with many other purchases, it pays to buy quality.

2. Clean the surfaces:
No professional painter would paint over unwashed walls with chipping and peeling paint, and you shouldn’t either. Put in the extra time on the front end for preparation for a smoother job and a longer-lasting result.

3. Something rotten?
If you have areas of rot on your exterior walls, either replace with new material or use a wood hardener and match with a filler designed for exterior surfaces. You might want to consult a professional for this one.

4. Don’t forget the primer:
You have two options: 1 – apply a quality primer, sand and then apply the paint; 2 – purchase a brand of paint that has primer included in it. The latter option will cost you more out the gate, but that cost may be recouped by not having to buy a separate primer and not having to apply so many coats. Talk with a paint expert before deciding.

5. Cover the surroundings:
Unless you want your shrubbery, flowers and tree limbs to be color-coordinated with your home, cover them before you start painting. This goes for anything else outside that you don’t want to get paint on – because, trust us, you’re going to get paint on it if it’s not protected.

6. Paint-combining for consistency:
Rather than use paint can by can, mix same-color paints five gallons at a time in a large bucket. Professional painters always do this to ensure a more consistent and uniform color. But remember to mix only the exact same shade from the exact same manufacturer, because what one maker calls “ivory” may not be the same as another brand’s “ivory.”

7. Always work from top to bottom:
This is an easy way to get a superior finished product. Painting from the top of surfaces to the bottom results in less streaking and other accidental imperfections such as drips and runs. You’ll never see a pro going bottom-to-top.

8. Paint and rain don’t mix:
When planning an exterior painting project, get all your “ducks in a row” and then pay attention to weather forecasts for an upcoming dry period.

9. Storing unused paint:
Proper Storage for PaintLids on cans and other paint containers must be tightly sealed. Go easy when removing lids so they’ll fit correctly when putting them back on. Tap lids shut with a rubber hammer. Make a better seal by placing plastic wrap over the mouth of the can before putting on the lid.

Professional painters have spent years learning these and many other “tricks of the trade” for exterior house painting projects. Dave Burlett Painting is always available to help with any interior or exterior paint job, guaranteeing you fantastic results. Call us at (828)974-4385

How many coats of paint will I need!

More is not always better and less might not be either. See some examples below but ask a professional to determine what’s best!

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Wallpaper: To peel or not to peel?

This is a question we hear a lot.  We hear it from people who just moved into a house with wallpapered walls they don’t like.  The rumor you often hear is that you can’t paint over wallpaper, that you have to go through a massive stripping effort before paint can safely be applied.  This is only true in some instances.

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Common problems and how to fix them!

Blistering

This happens when paint detaches from the surface.

Prevent: Paint only on clean, dry surfaces. Cover stains with a good primer. Don’t paint in weather that’s particularly hot and humid. Don’t let moisture come in contact with the surface until paint is thoroughly dry.

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Problems from a home paint job

A variety of things can affect the quality of a home paint job.

The primary reasons paint jobs don’t turn out the way the painter intended usually fall into the following categories:

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Handy Winter Painting Check List

  • To avoid lingering paint odors, use low-VOC or no-VOC paints from a trusted manufacturer
  • Keep rooms and walls at a moderate temperature (no less than 40 degrees) so the paint will create a solid bond with the walls

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Press tape with a putty knife

Nothing is more discouraging when you’ve finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. Continue reading

Use Tinted Primer

Before the we paint walls, we fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called “flashing”). Continue reading

Choosing the right paint sheen!

A paint’s finish, or “sheen” refers to the surface texture the paint creates as well as how much light bounces off of the painted surface.

When in doubt, an “eggshell” finish is always a safe bet. It has a soft, washable look that works well in living rooms, family rooms and hallways. Eggshell finishes are low gloss, but more reflective than flat sheen’s. Eggshell also is more easily cleaned that a flat finish and is more durable.

No need to sweat over which sheen to use, call us, let us sweat for you!

What should I do with my dirty roof?

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What should I do if my roof is holding up but it’s picked up discoloration from mold and mildew?  Like this cottage we are working on today… No-Pressure Roof Cleaning is your answer. For a fraction of the cost to replace, our trained professionals can make your roof look so good your neighbors will think it was replaced. Each job is unique, so call us today.  Let our experienced professionals guide you through the process.