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Great tips for painting your home

Posted By MyGuy || 5-Mar-2011

Looking for ways to save money, protect your home's exterior, help the environment and make your house look good at the same time?
There are many factors that make an ordinary Paint Job an excellent Paint job and it all starts with the preparation. If the project is not started right there is no paint product made that will last, so let's look at some things that will need to be done for that quality project.

These are some of the things you should be sure your paint contractor is completing prior to painting your home.

  • Locate and kill all mildew. A mixture of bleach and water should do the trick, mix 4 parts water to 1 part bleach and apply as needed.
  • Stucco and cinder block should be pressure washed. Remove all loose paint. Scrape sand or wire brush. Sand or use liquid sand paper to dull all the glossy surfaces.
  • Sand all the weathered wood. Rough Sawn Wood, scrape only.
  • Clean the sanded surfaces to remove the dust and loose paint.
  • Replace all the cracked or hardened caulking with elastomeric paintable caulking.
  • Mask all areas that are not to be painted if you are spraying. Don't forget the swimming pool as the overspray will get in the water and can clog a filter.
  • Full prime (with the proper product) all surfaces that are to be painted. Check with your painting professional.
  • Paint with 100% Acrylic paints. Satin paint is better than flat as the flat paint will absorb water quicker and is not as flexible.
  • It is better to have one coat of primer and one coat of finish paint than two coats of finish paint. The primers have special binders that lock onto the old surfaces and help hold the new paint. When doing exteriors it is recommend that you spray and back roll the paint.
  • Satin paints hold up better on the exteriors as they have more resins and resist fading for a longer period of time.
  • The preparation is the key to a quality long lasting paint job. Even the best paint can't make a poor preparation job look good or last.
  • Paint is the least expensive part of your project so put a quality product on your home and make it last.

To learn more tips from expert Paint Contaractors contact MyGuy today.

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