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Painting the Exterior of Your Home: Part 2

by / Friday, 02 March 2012 / Published in Exterior House Painting

(Don’t miss Part 1 here.)

After you examine the house for any cracks, mildew, and damage, it will be necessary to repair anything that you find.  If any wood is split or damaged, you should probably contact a carpenter to have the piece remade, unless you happen to be handy with a table saw.  Also look for peeling paint, as this may be a sign that water is leaking somewhere. Refrain from painting over or adding any more paint to the area before you find the source of the water. If the source of moisture is not found, you could be in the same predicament as before.  Make sure that all doors, trim, and windows are sealed with a good caulking, as water will continue to try to penetrate your house.  Once all of the necessary repairs have been made, it will be necessary to prepare the surface for painting.

Over half to three quarters of the time a paint job takes is spent preparing the surface.  In order for the paint to last, you’ll need to prepare the surface exceptionally well.  To completely get rid of all dirt and grime, it is necessary to power wash your house. Power washers usually start around $1,000 to purchase, and $50-$80 a day to rent, so keep this in mind.

The next step involves scraping off loose bits of paint or wood.  You can either do this with a scraper, sandpaper, or wire brush. If there is a small amount of paint to remove, you can use a wide-blade putty knife to scrape it off.  However, if there is an extensive area of paint to remove, it may be wise to invest in an electric paint scraper, which can strip paint down to the bare wood. The price ranges anywhere from $50 to the hundreds of dollars range. I’ve only seen one person attempt to do this on his own, and he was a carpenter. He rented scaffolding and I watched him remove the paint from his home for months.  Even though he managed to do it on his own, that’s how long it took him. Months.

If your home was built before 1978, keep in mind that lead-based paints may have been used. You will need to be licensed by the EPA to remove any of it, or you’ll have to hire Cincinnati painting contractors who are licensed to remove it properly.

After you have prepared the surface, you can paint.  This is, by far, the easiest and most rewarding part. Stay tuned for Part 3.


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