Repainting, at first, may seem like a fairly simple project. If you have a bucket of paint and a brush, how hard could it be?
On the contrary, there are more steps for exterior paint preparation that should be taken than first meet the eye. We are here to help you answer a few commonly asked questions about painting interior and exterior surfaces.
The questions we have answered for you are the following:
1) Is it always necessary to prime before you paint?
2) Do you need to pressure wash exterior surfaces before you paint them?
3) How do you prepare for having a house repainted?
4) Does it matter what kind of paint is used?
Is it always necessary to prime before you paint?
No. Priming is not something that has to be done with every paint job. Priming may be useful when doing a drastic color change such as a deep blue to a light yellow. If you do not prime the siding of the house before doing a more drastic color change you will most likely end up having to do more coats and finish it off.
Priming, in general, will make a paint job look more professional and neat. Some instances when priming is necessary is for new siding or wood that is exposed on the exterior. Priming surfaces like these helps the paint lay smoothly when applied.
Do you need to pressure wash exterior surfaces before you paint them?
In order to make sure that the paint adheres properly, yes, pressure washing exterior surfaces prior to painting them is a good idea. Pressure washing can remove any built up dirt or mold that tends to show up on exterior surfaces.
How do you prepare for having a house repainted?
A good place to start for preparing to have the exterior of your house repainted is by simply removing any items that will get in the way. This includes shrubs, bushes, trees lights, flags, and the list goes on. If the exterior of your house is dirty, you may want to think about scrubbing them down or powerwashing.
Check with the painter you’ve chosen for more details on what you may need to do to prepare. The painter should bring drop cloths and any other necessary equipment.
Does it matter what kind of paint is used?
When it comes to paint, you pay for what you get. Cheap paint will not be durable or look professional. The kind of paint you use definitely makes a difference to the finish product of a paint job.
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Preparing for painting is the most important part of any painting job. What you do before you start slapping paint on your project determines whether or not your room, siding, or deck will look good and last. Make sure you take your time prepping for your painting project.
If you have any questions, be sure to call Kopeck Painting for a free quote!