It’s All About the Preparation
This unusually warm February has us all thinking about our exterior painting projects. Mike’s Quality Painting is the exterior painting expert, but for you brave souls wanting to tackle the project yourself here are some important tips to help ensure a quality job.
When you are thinking about an exterior paint project, think surface preparation first and foremost. 80% of all exterior paint failures can be directly attributed to inadequate surface prep work. The type of preparation required will depend on the type of surface you are painting and its overall condition. Following are some general rules of thumb.
- Make sure the surface is dry and in sound condition.
- Re-nail any loose boards. Replace any rotten wood.
- Remove any contaminates such as mildew, oil, dust, or dirt. We recommend power-washing the surface to make sure it is clean and this also helps to remove badly flaking paint and expose potential unseen problem areas.
- Scrape and sand any loose or flaking paint.
- Prime any bare wood with the appropriate primer. Remember that “primer” is a generic term. Be sure you have the correct product for your application and substrate.
- Don’t start applying paint until all the preparation work is completed.
- Do not apply paint if the surface is wet.
Happy Painting! And remember Mike’s Quality Painting is always here to help.