Tuesday's Tip - Painting your Homes Exterior
Spring is here and now is the perfect time to schedule your home’s exterior to be painted!
Here are a few important steps we take when painting your home.
It's All in the Prep - The secret to a successful paint job is in the prep. We take our time to do all the essential steps, the results will be a spectacular paint job that will last for years. Here's what needed 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.
Power-Wash - To ensure best coverage, we use a pressure washer to remove dirt and dust buildup from the house. We work our way from the top to bottom of the house in a smooth, controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 8 inches.
Repair Damaged Surfaces - We will walk around the perimeter of your house and look for damaged surfaces on wood, masonry, metal, siding or stucco. We will use epoxy filler to cracks or holes. Once dry, lightly sand the repaired areas using a medium-grit sanding block.
Remove Loose Paint - Again we will 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 - We 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.
Prime Stains - If any wood stains or visible wood knots, apply a coat of stain-blocking primer to the area.
Paint Trim - 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.
Give us a call today and discuss how we can make you home look brighter and better this season!
Windy City RDM, LLC - 773-951-4545