If you’re lucky enough to own a home in California, then you’re probably eager to make it look its best and show it off whenever possible. Landscaping and maintenance are both great for keeping up the outside appearance, but neither of them has as big an impact as painting the home. Painting your home is a great way to help it stand out from all of the other homes on the street. Or you could paint it in a way that helps it blend in. It’s entirely up to you.
Not all painting is perfect. If you want your home to look good, then you’re going to have to take your time, plan ahead, and execute properly. Let’s look at a couple of ways you can go about properly painting your home.
What are some tips for making your house look great?
It’s best to plan ahead when thinking about painting your home. The best time of the year to paint is when the weather has low humidity and little or no rain. Paint dries better in a dry weather condition; therefore, it’s important to be aware of the local weather pattern conditions.
Memorial Day is when the painting season starts in California all the way to October. Painting Contractors are the busiest during this time for this is when homeowners and other property owners like condos and apartments start to get interested to renovate and change their curb appeal to pleasant soothing and/or exciting colors.
- Don’t Fail to Plan
When you plan your painting projects from the start to end, you will definitely see great savings for your precious time and money. When you are working under a good plan in place, there are less chances for gaffes and setbacks.
- Project Timeline
Although painting is comparatively fast and simple, it won’t get done in a blink of an eye. The time it would take you to paint varies with the size of the job, but generally it’s best to start the actual painting early in the morning, so that you’re done early in the afternoon. Ensure you take into account the length of time each step will take before you start your painting venture. Each surface you paint requires appropriate drying time for the primer and the actual coat of paint you apply. The best recipe for a huge paintjob mess is not to let paint dry between coats. For best results, let the paint have sufficient time to completely cure itself before applying the next coat. Frequently, you need to wait 2 to 4 hours approximately after you apply the first coat. r second coat of latex paint can be applied call for at least an hour to two hours of drying time for most interior latex paints.
- Project Prep Time
The most crucial step that results in the best quality of the paint job on any surface you paint is the appropriate preparation. On the extreme case if you paint directly on top of old paint that is dirty and peeling, the new paint will not have a good base to stick to and will eventually start to fall off in a much shorter time than anticipated. When you choose the paint quality you want to apply on your house, you will need to decide how much is your home worth to you so you can invest in the best products you can afford. Paint quality varies from brand to brand, paint gallon prices oscillate based on brands, for example:
Glidden Premium 1 gal. Semi-Gloss Latex Exterior Paint costs $24.96
Benjamin Moore Aura® 1 gal. Interior Paint costs $69.99
Valspar 17144 Exterior Paint, 1 gal Container, Clear Base costs $345.31
- Power Wash Exterior Walls
The first step for exterior painting is power washing for some areas and hand scrubbing in others. Use soap and water along with hand rubbing for difficult areas. It’s important to remove mildew and the white deposits on your house walls commonly known as efflorescence. You can easily remove it with one application of mild bleach solution, then rinse it with pressured water, it’s that simple.
Put in place tarps around the house to cover the landscape, plants and walkways to catch the flying debris that will happen once you get going. It’s also important that you first remove any hanging plants and decorations from your external walls. Use the proper protective clothes, goggles and or facemask, and gloves before you start.
Let the wall surfaces dry for a couple of hours so you can start with the next step
Remove Loose Particles. You will need to scrape off loose paint particles with hand tools. Remember to wear your protective gear at all times as loose particles will fly everywhere and attach to your clothes and skin. Make sure to finish the surface by sanding it off until you leave a smooth surface. There may be necessary to apply wall patch to cover uneven surfaces and holes on walls.
- Blend Multiple Gallons of Paint
Blending and mixing multiple gallons of the same paint color into a larger five to ten-gallon container, will guarantee a uniform color distribution is applied to the exterior of your home. You’ll want all painting possible to be finished around the same time. Otherwise, you could wind up with streaks or noticeable differences in the color of one area compared to the next. To do this, you’ll have to prepare with general supplies, emergency supplies, and weather check before getting started. Otherwise, all painting might not finish around the same time and the results won’t look their best.
This process of mixing various gallons of paint into a single bucket is referred to as “Boxing Paint”, which is the term used to guarantee color uniformity.
- Color Your Home
Once you have a complete immaculate surface, you are ready to apply the first coat of primer. A smooth clean and even surface allows for a more even application and better-quality finish.
When you sand off the wall surface with raw wood, it leaves the natural wood grain exposed. Primer should be the first coat you apply on raw wood as it helps seal the wood grain pattern surface and prevent costly finish paint from being soaked into the wood. Primer allows the paint to better grip the wall surface; thereby, helping to avoid cracking and peeling.
Also, you have a ton of options when it comes to the paints you’ll use for your home. If you don’t know what to look for, then you could easily become overwhelmed on your first trip to the store. Plan ahead of time by researching the different types of paints, colors, and manufacturers.
- Painting Options
Your two basic California painting options will be oil or water-based paint. Both types of paint have their own advantages. It can also depend on the type of paint that’s already on your home’s exterior. If there is already oil-based paint and you want to apply water-based paint, then you’ll first need to prime the surface of the home.
Consider A Professional California Painting Company
Orange County 1st Painting Contractor Company, second to none!
There’s no reason to leave such an important job up to chance. There are many great Orange County painting companies in your local area that will help you out. It might cost a little more than painting the home yourself, but you know it will be done on time, last longer and look its best.
Just like when choosing your paints, you need to do your research before choosing a painting company. Use the web to hunt for reviews, testimonials, and websites that discuss the local Orange County painting companies in your area.
We, at 1st Painting Contractors, like to think we are a fine professional painting company who care for our clients as our own partners to preserve their homes in immaculate condition.
We understand your home is valuable and we want to offer you an exceptional service to keep your home’s exterior and interior looking great. We have an extensive experience painting many exterior and interior residential and commercial projects. Our expert painters treat every paint project with the same professionalism, care, attention, and dedication to deliver on our promises. Our work speaks for itself providing exceptional value to your home by increasing its curb appeal substantially.
- Painting Experts
Although you may think that painting is a simple task to tackle, many times it gets more complicated than what we expect. In order to guarantee a paint job for the next 2 to 3 years, one must be the best performer in the field. 1st Painting Contractors painters have acquired a myriad of techniques learned on the job through years of experience. We have a method to approach every paintjob that when we are done, we are sure it will last at least 3 years looking great!
- Customers As Partners
Our goal in doing any paintjob no matter how small is to leave you with a completely satisfied feeling you hired the right company who cares about your needs. All our representatives are courteous and professionals who have gone through an extensive background check to make sure they have a clean record. They have also gone through an extensive training program with the purpose to learn how to treat clients and their homes with utmost respect and care. We work with handyman and fully licensed / insured painting contractors in Orange County, California.
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