There are many things to consider when painting the exterior of your home
from the colours used to the application method. If you are looking for a
professionally painted residential or commercial exterior contact
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Exterior Painting Tips
From picking the best paint to choosing the right colour, from the preparation to the final coat there is a lot to consider when painting your exterior. At A Burst Of Colour, we have developed the processes to ensure a quality exterior paint job every time. Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth exterior paint job and to minimize errors.
Take Mother Nature Into Consideration
Like any painting project, exterior painting requires planning. Always plan in advance consider the colours and the time of year you plan on painting your exterior. The season of the year is extremely important; therefore you need to have a good understanding of the pattern of your local weather. Calgary has 4 distinct seasons, and when painting your exterior you should pick a dry season when you have little rain and reduced dampness. Paint requires time to dry out and the applied paint will often not stick to a damp surface.
Choose Quality Paint Over Cheap Paint
When use high-quality paints over cheap paints, you will often require less paint and less time to paint. The higher quality paints are able to cover more surface areas with less paint. There has been a significant advancement in paint technology, colours are able to last much longer than before. Homeowners or property owners can often be swayed towards a less expensive alternative but in the long run, the quality paint and paint material will last longer and save more time ultimately lowering the overall cost.
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Scrape & Wash The Exterior
Paint will often not stick to coarse, dirty or grimy surfaces, therefore make sure you thoroughly clean the siding and property exterior properly and allow drying. Once the exterior is dry it should be thoroughly scraped down. Make sure you scrape or sand where necessary, the paint will not stick to peeling surfaces. Once the exterior is scraped and cleaned the paint can be applied properly.
Paint Doesn’t Adhere To Decayed Siding
If you have decayed wood and/or siding applying paint is almost useless. If you paint a decayed or rotting exterior the new paint will further decay the wood and make it even weaker. If you have a worn out exterior you have a few options. Change the wood trim or siding with new materials, or if you are dealing with a small area, make use of a wood hardener and complement it with an exterior filler product, like wood filler. Ensure you scrape and wash either of the two before painting.
Make Use Of Prime
The general rule between painters has long been to use a good coat of exterior primer, scrapped, and then apply your colour layers of paint. Modern paint innovations have become available that have both primers and paint into one item, which producers affirm will reduce the number of coats you will need to apply. This modern paint is a lot more costly but may be likened to buying paint and primer separately. Check out feedbacks of these modern paints, especially from people that have used it in your neighborhood. Generally, we recommend priming separately, but there are a number of great mixed solutions that can be applied to your home exterior.
Combine Cans Of Paint
Combining several cans of the same shade of paint into a bigger container, like a five-gallon bucket, can help guarantee that an even color is used on the exterior of your home or business. This procedure, known as “boxing the paint“, is a technique used by the professionals. This technique is essential if, for instance, you originally purchased a gallon or two of paint fewer than you actually required and then you purchased the extra gallons later on.
Paint from Top To Bottom
Beginning your painting from the very top and working your way downwards, allows the homeowner or painter to manage streaks and drippage since you will be working with gravity instead of working against it. Drips are unavoidable; however, this technique will help you to minimize streak, drips, and errors in the direction in which you are painting.
Seal Up The Paint
To ensure the paint lasts, appropriately seal up your paint buckets with their lids once you conclude painting for the day. Sealing the paint will help to protect the paint from drying up. Make use of a rubber mallet to gently hammer the lid tight. You may as well place a plastic cover layer over the opening to guarantee a good seal.
Add Grit While Painting
Generally, exteriors, painted porches (especially steps), as well as other painted floor surfaces, could become a little too smooth when only a single coat of paint is used. Therefore, add a little smooth sand to the paint to get a better grip. You may use play sand or artificial additives that can be purchased at home improvement stores to add additional texture to the paint.
Prepare The Landscape
It’s quite easy to overlook just how messy things can be when painting, therefore, ensure you protect the floor, bushes as well as any other plants beneath the area you will be painting. In addition relocate or cover up any exterior furniture, grills, hoses, etc. Make use of drop cloths and arrange them in a corner or safely wrap them around the objects you are shielding