How to Prepare for Exterior Home Painting


Spring is a great time to tackle some home maintenance projects, including exterior painting. Here is a checklist for homeowners to prepare for exterior painting:

  • Inspect the exterior: Walk around the perimeter of the house and examine the siding, trim, and any other exterior features. Look for any signs of damage, such as cracks, holes, or rotting wood.
  • Clean the surfaces: Before painting, the exterior surfaces need to be clean and free of debris. Use a pressure washer to remove dirt, grime, and any loose paint. For areas with mold or mildew, use a bleach solution to kill the spores.
  • Repair any damage: If there are any areas of damage, such as cracks or holes, these need to be repaired before painting. Fill any gaps or holes with caulk or wood filler, and replace any damaged wood.
  • Sand the surfaces: Sand any rough areas or peeling paint to create a smooth surface for painting. This will help the new paint adhere properly.
  • Prime the surfaces: Depending on the type of surface being painted, a primer may be necessary. Apply a coat of primer to any bare wood or metal surfaces before painting.
  • Choose the right paint: Select a high-quality exterior paint that is appropriate for the surface being painted. Look for paint that is durable and has good weather resistance.
  • Protect the surrounding areas: Cover any nearby plants, landscaping, or outdoor furniture with plastic sheeting to protect them from paint splatters. Use painter’s tape to protect windows, door frames, and other areas that should not be painted.

By following these steps, homeowners can ensure that their exterior surfaces are properly prepared for painting. 

A professional interior painting company can provide additional guidance and assistance with this process. To take the guess work out of painting the exterior of your home, contact Equipped Services to see how we can help you with your next project!

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