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Prep Work is so important to your Home & your Budget

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

For most residential painters the actual "painting" done only accounts for about 35% of the total job. Experienced painters know how important painting preparation (prep work) is to the quality of the painting job. It can be the difference between painting your home every 4 years or every 10 years!

A coat of paint is only as good as the surface you put it on, which is why our painters use the techniques outlined below to set your painting project up for success.

Our painters are trained to use the to use 5 methods to ensure your new paint job will last for years to come!

Pressure Washing: this is an area most other painting companies fail on because generally, they do not know how to properly pressure wash a house (please see my blog entitled Pressure Washing 101 for the details). We use the industry recommended (for residential homes) “soft wash” process to remove all dirt, algae, spider webs, and/or other filth that could come between the surface to be painted and the fresh coat of paint.

Scrape, Sand, & Prime: our professional painters will then scrape areas of cracking, peeling, or failing paint; next they will sand rough surfaces smooth then apply a thick coat of primer. These steps are necessary to create a ”clean slate” for the new paint to go over. The scraping and sanding will create a flat, smooth surface for the primer. The resin and bonding agents of the primer will “grab” the bottom surface (presumably exposed wood, the area previously scraped and sanded) and provide an optimal surface for the new paint to adhere to; the primer will prevent stains from bleeding through the new paint.

Quality Primer matters, so we exclusively use Peel Bond Primer from Sherwin Williams, which is a thick, durable primer that has produced exceptional results (compared to other primers we have used in the past). A Quality Primer protects wood and/or siding from further weather damage as well as to provide a superior surface for fresh paint to be applied. Cheap primers will not perform as well because they are “watered-down”; they contain less resin and bonding agent. Many other painters use cheap primers or none at all, so be sure to ask!

Caulking is another important step before the painting is actually done. Caulk is used to seal joints around windows, doors, etc. to prevent water, dirt, debris, and even unwanted pests (ie. Bugs!) from damaging and/or entering your home. It also keeps your home better insulated; to help keep your heating and air conditioning bills low! Caulk should also be used in the sunken nail holes so that water does not have a chance to sit on the ledges these holes create and swell the boards up.

There are other preparation tactics such as wood putty, chemical sprays, and mildew removers among others, that are needed on a case-by-case basis.

More questions about the prep work we would use for your unique situation? Schedule a free estimate today!

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