Painting the Exterior of Your Home: Part 3
In Parts One and Two we talked about how to prepare the home for exterior painting. Now we will talk about actually painting it. If you have ever wanted to change the look of your home and there is vinyl siding on your house, now is the time to change it! If you hire a professional painter to paint your home, they will be able to remove the vinyl siding and paint the actual exterior wall below.
As we’ve mentioned before, painting the exterior of your home not only improves the look physically, but it protect your home from the outside elements. To determine the extent of the work ahead of you, it’s recommended that you choose an area of the house where the paint is peeling. Clean the area, let it dry, and then paint a small patch of paint. Allow one day for it to dry. The next day, take a piece of tape and press it against the area that you painted. Quickly pull this off. If the tape comes out clean, then it’s safe to repaint the whole house after first washing it and preparing the surface. If the tape pulls any of the paint away, then the house should be stripped before being painted.
If you live in an older home, chances are that the house was originally painted with oil paint. If this is the case, you can definitely touch up the house as needed with more oil paint. However, the paint will continue to peel and become brittle as it oxidizes. The better alternative would be to patch up the peeling paint with latex paint. You can do this for each patch of paint that peels. However, your house may look spotty and uneven after doing a lot of this.
If your house is covered in oil paint, the most ideal way to repaint is to strip down the house to the bare wood and repaint with latex paint. Although this is the most expensive way up front, you can save money and heartache in the long run since you will not have to continuously repaint your house (not to mention, it will look better!). If there is widespread paint damage, we recommend that you take this route.
If you have an older home, chances are that it contains lead paint. Do not attempt to remove lead paint yourself. Call the EPA hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD for more information or give us a call at 513-405-7048. We are located in Northern Kentucky, and are painters with over 13 years of experience. We’ll treat you right and make sure your house is painted exactly the way that you want.