Spring is the time to paint the exterior of your home. A fresh coat of paint every few years will keep it looking good and protect your siding, windows and trim. Your home is your biggest investment. It’s not that hard to do it yourself if you know the essential steps, or leave it to Windy City RDM – 773-951-4545. Here are some helpful tip if you want to tackle this job on your own.
It's All in the Prep
The secret to a successful paint job is in the prep. If you take your time to do all the essential steps, the results will be a spectacular paint job that will last for years. Here's what you'll need for a quality paint job: exterior flat or eggshell paint; exterior semigloss paint; a pressure washer; a paint sprayer; a paintbrush; painter’s tape; drop cloths; a ladder; a paint scraper; stain-blocking primer; epoxy filler; a medium-grit sanding block; a putty knife; exterior caulk and a caulk gun; and plastic sheeting.
To ensure best coverage, use a pressure washer to remove dirt and dust buildup from the house. Work your way from the top to bottom of the house in a smooth, controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 8 inches.
Repair Damaged Surfaces
Walk around the perimeter of the house and look for damaged surfaces on wood, masonry, metal, siding or stucco. Use a putty knife to apply epoxy filler to cracks or holes. Once dry, lightly sand the repaired areas using a medium-grit sanding block.
Remove Loose Paint
Walk around the perimeter of the house taking note of any loose or chipped paint. Place drop cloths along the ground, then use a paint scraper or sanding block to remove chipped and loose paint.
Fill In Cracks
Use exterior caulk to fill any gaps between the house and trim, and around doors and windows. If the house has mixed materials such as siding and brick, add caulk along the surfaces where the different materials meet.
Remove the plastic sheeting from the doors, windows and light fixtures. Use a paintbrush to apply two coats of exterior semi-gloss paint color to woodwork and doors.
Painting your home will increase the value; protect your siding, windows and trim. Call Windy City RDM to schedule your free estimate and Start spring with as the best looking house on the street!
Call today Windy City RDM 773-951-4545 today!