Exterior painting is a great way to boost the curb appeal of your home, plus it makes your home more resistant to extreme temperature and weather, bugs, and even fading.

The major issue with exterior painting is that you should never paint a home that is not prepped prior to the actual painting. Lack of preparation can lead to damage and paint peeling, leaving everything looking worse than before.

So, how do you go about preparing a house for exterior painting? Read on for our guide on the most important aspects.

Clean the Exterior

It is important to clean the house exterior before painting to ensure that the paint will adhere properly and last longer. Start by pressure washing the entire house to remove any dirt, grime, and mildew.

Be sure to let the house dry completely before painting. You may also need to scrape and sand any areas that are peeling or flaking.

Remove Chalking

Chalking is a powdery residue that can accumulate on the surface of your home over time. This happens as the paint reacts with the environment and starts to break down.

Chalking can make your home look dingy and can also make it difficult for the new paint to adhere properly. To remove chalking, use a stiff brush to scrub the surface of your home. You may also need to use a power washer to remove any stubborn buildup. 

Repair Damaged Surfaces

Assuming the house’s exterior surface is in generally good condition and just needs a new paint job, you’ll first want to focus on repairing any damaged surfaces.

This could include filling in any cracks or holes in the siding or trim, sanding down any rough areas, and scraping off any old paint that’s peeling.

Once the surface is prepped and ready to go, you can then start house painting.

Prime the Surface Before Applying Exterior Painting

Prior to applying any outdoor paint, it is important to properly prime the surface. This will ensure that the paint adheres well to the surface and provides adequate coverage.

When priming, be sure to use a primer that is compatible with the paint you will be using. For example, if you’re painting over bare wood, use a wood primer. Once the primer is dry, you’re ready to paint!

Paint the Surface

You are now ready to start painting! Choose a paint that is suitable for the surface and the climate. Begin by painting the trim first, then move on to the main body of the house.

To ensure even coverage, start with a thin coat of paint and gradually build up to the desired thickness. Be sure to paint in the direction of the grain to ensure a smooth finish.

It is important to use even strokes and to allow the paint to dry in between coats. Finally, add a second coat of paint for extra protection against the elements. Then again, you could also let the professionals do it for you by hiring a painting contractor.

Time to Start the Project

Painting your house doesn’t have to be a daunting task, just be sure to take the necessary steps to prep your house first. 

When you’re finished, your home will look fresh and new. Now that you know how to prep your house for exterior painting, it’s time to start the project!

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