Painting the exterior of your home or commercial building is an important task, but it’s also time-consuming and complex, so it’s not something you’ll want to do too often. Fortunately, there are simple ways to make your exterior paint job last as long as possible so that you won’t have to invest as much time, money or elbow grease into the task over the years. Here are a few important guidelines for getting the most time and value out of your exterior painting project.
Surface Prep Tips
- Never paint over dirt, chalk, mold or flaky old paint. Clean all surfaces thoroughly prior to painting including siding and trim. Scrape and sand if necessary to remove old paint.
- Replace or repair any areas that are damaged.
- Remove rust from fasteners or other metal objects.
- Rinse all surfaces after cleaning.
- Repair any existing water leaks before painting.
- Apply primer if needed.
Make sure you use the right type of paint for the job. For exterior painting, latex-based paint is a common choice. Latex dries fast, it’s better for the environment, and it’s less vulnerable to mold and mildew. When painting steps, porches, metal railings, and other high-traffic areas, oil-based paint offers more durability.
How you apply your paint can also affect its longevity. Be sure that all exposed areas including bottoms and sides are completely covered. Apply at least two coats over a primer. If possible, avoid painting in direct sunlight or extreme temperatures; this causes paint to dry too quickly, which can create visible seams and uneven surfaces. Never paint a wet surface. Allow each coat to dry for a few days if necessary.
Different Surfaces Require Different Techniques
- When painting siding, start at the top. Using a wide brush, paint horizontally along the tops and bottoms of sideboards, and then paint vertically along the right and left trims. Fill in unpainted areas with a paint roller.
- Before painting stucco, apply masonry primer. Use a roller grid to apply paint to the surface. A roller with a thick nap is necessary to fill in crevices and distribute paint evenly.
- If you’re painting brick, seal the cracks with acrylic caulk, and then apply a latex primer to the entire surface. Using a paint sprayer is the most effective way to cover brick.
Skip the Work: Let BGB Painting Perfect Your Exterior
If you don’t have the time or energy to devote to a major painting project, don’t worry. You’re not alone, and we can help. At BGB Painting, we know how important quality work is to our East Valley painting clients. We adhere to the highest professional standards, use the best products available and ensure that your project gets the care and attention it deserves.
Our experienced painters perform every necessary step to ensure a durable, precision exterior paint job that stands up to the elements and looks great for years. Visit us online to learn more about our services and request a free estimate.