House Exterior Surface Preparation for Painting

The Key of Every Great Paint Job is in the Foundation Prep Steps!

Exterior Wall Prep

A Quality Paint Job Starts with Proper Surface Preparation

Our surface preparation methods are designed to reveal and restore existing blemishes, minimize future degradation, preserve your home from water invasion and air seepage.

Begin your exterior paint job prep by clearing away all of the items that are in the way of your paint job like planters, post boxes, house numerals, water hoses, outdoor furniture, hardware and light fixtures, as many items as possible that are on the way of your painting job then follow these simple steps:

Pressure washing

Pressure washing using a diluted mild detergent to remove accumulated dirt, mold, and mildew to make the wall surface clean and new primer/paint ready so it can adhere correctly.

Use Drop Cloths

Put on drop cloths under the areas on the floor where you plan to paint.

Smooth the Surfaces to Be Painted

Make sure that all surfaces you plan to paint are smooth and crack free. Corkscrew any exposed nail heads, spot areas that need attention

Scrape Loose Particles

Scraping and sanding to remove loose and peeling paint from wood, stucco, metallic items in areas that are evidently peeling, and in areas that have an inclination to peel or fester

Putty and Caulking to Smooth Surfaces

Your exterior paint groundwork should incorporate using putty and caulk to fill all nail head depressions, cracks, holes and other blemishes on surfaces to be painted. Where applicable, scrape away old caulk then apply new caulk, let it dry and prime paint the surface. On the other hand, when you happen to be working with bare wood, it’s best to apply primer before you re–caulk.

Drab Glossy Areas

For glossy or shiny surfaces, lightly sand for better adhesion. Sand any “mill glaze” off new siding, to ensure proper paint adhesion.

Remove Dust, Dirt, and Mildew

Use a soft brush or piece of cloth to remove dust and any dirt from the surfaces to be painted. Clear out chalk residue with a soft brush or pressurized water, make sure to remove any mildew left.

Prime Problem Areas

Apply paint primer on any susceptible areas where paint has begun fading, peeled, or bubbled and allow it to dry thoroughly for roughly 15 minutes

Clean Gutters, Downspouts, and Eaves

It’s important when preparing to paint a house to be sure all your gutters and downspouts are clean of any debris before applying prime and paint

Remove any rust or peeling paint with a scraper or wire brush for previously painted gutters and downspouts then sand off the edges to get a smooth feel

Wash protected areas with a garden hose under eaves using strong pressurized water. Apply self–priming metal & wood enamel after the surface of the eaves has dried completely

Prep Masonry and Stucco Surfaces

If your masonry or brick surface is barred with white powder and flowering like surface, you can remove it with a wire brush and or a sturdy scraper. Take care to uncover and get rid off the root cause of any efflorescence

For newly constructed block and stucco surfaces, be sure to allow 30 to 60 days before you apply a primer or topcoat.

With the proper preparation as a groundwork, you can feel certain that a quality paint job tailored to your home’s specific needs will produce a finish that will stand out and will last longer than you expected