When buying a new home, you may consider financial responsibility. But don’t forget about the amount of labor and time that comes with home ownership. You may keep your home in tip-top shape with maintenance. House painting in Danville can help prevent you from wasting money trying to keep your home looking good.
When you paint a home, you can transform it from ho-hum to awe-inspiring! It also helps increase the property value and can help you sell your home more quickly in the future. House painting is more than applying a new coat of paint on the surface; it also requires planning before the work begins. When done right, you will see the results were worth the effort.
Take time to prep.
Prepping the surface is a crucial first step for each paint job. Taking the time to wash, clean, repair, sand, and prime (optional) will give you the desired results.
Preparing the surface is important? It’s the key to achieving a durable and smooth paint finish. If you don’t prepare the walls, the paint may not adhere to the surface, which can ruin your paint job.
Prepping isn’t only getting the surface ready to paint. It is also preparing the entire area. If you paint the interior walls, move the furniture. Remove any wall decor, curtains, light fixtures, doorknobs, and anything that can slow down your paint job. Use drop cloths on the floor and tape any areas (like trim) to protect them from paint drips.
Some preparations are needed on the site if you plan to paint the exteriors, such as wood siding, brick, concrete, etc. Move any outdoor furniture, trashcans, or grills out of the way: cover outlet boxes or other fixtures with drop cloths or painter’s tape. You’ll also want to protect shrubs or flowers with drop cloths to keep them free of paint.
Choose the way you will paint.
There are three standard methods for painting: paintbrush, roller, and sprayer. Choose any of the three you feel comfortable doing. Using a paintbrush and roller may take more effort, but you have more control, particularly in tight corners. These methods also result in a long-lasting finish.
However, spraying is easier and quicker when applying paint. It can be more expensive and may use more paint. When using this method for exterior painting, you risk over spraying because the wind can carry paint mist away instead of adhering to the surface you want to paint. If you prefer spraying, you may want to hire a professional. If you do the painting, don’t use the sprayer if it is windy and humid. It would be better to wait until the weather is stable before starting.
Here’s a helpful article about comparing rolling, brushing, and spraying.
Painting the house interior.
Paint your house’s interior by brushing and rolling. Prepare the room or area with painter’s tape, drop cloths, and coverings to keep paint off the surface. Clean all walls, repair any damage you find, sand the repaired area, caulk joints, and prime the walls.
Use the brush to cut in around doors, windows, trim, and baseboards. Then use a paint roller for large areas for quicker application of paint. Apply two coats of paint.
Painting the house exterior.
Painting the exterior of your house involves washing the surface, repairing damage found, caulking and sanding. You also want to cover areas you don’t want to paint, prime, and then paint.
The elements like moisture, heat, and pollution mean you’ll want to thoroughly clean the house’s exterior. If you find mold and mildew, use a bleach solution or mildewcide. You may want to rent a power washer for areas that are so dirty that manual cleaning or a garden hose isn’t enough.
After cleaning the surface, let it dry. Then, do the necessary repairs, sanding, and caulking. If you’re dealing with a painted surface, prime only the areas that need it. Then proceed to paint.
Reminder: these steps above are for painting the wood siding. Exterior painting may vary depending on the surface type. For example, painting the aluminum or vinyl siding may require fewer steps than painting the wood siding.
So, as you can see, painting the interior and exterior surfaces requires a lot of work to achieve the “looks-like-brand-new” finish you desire. But would you spend your two or three weekends doing a paint job or use that time instead to relax and let the house painting in Danville contractors work their magic?