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Let’s be honest- we’ve all gone to our local hardware or Sherman Williams store and browsed swatches, taking home the most appealing color. Even if we weren’t planning to paint our home, we would at least have these colors pegged on our fridge door for when we are ready. Painting the exterior of your home is more than choosing the aesthetics. It’s careful planning, getting the right tools in order, and getting the right house painting Castle Rock contractor to help. Before you pick up that paint brush (and we hope you’re using the appropriate one), let’s go over what an efficient house painting project actually looks like. 

So, How Should a House Be Painted?

You may have already bought the paint and primer, and anything else on your supplies list, but before you open that can, there are a few preparation methods to take care of first. Let’s see if you have all of your tools that a house painting Castle Rock contractor would have:

  1. Medium-grit sand block – for smoothing rough spots
  2. Pressure/power washer – for removing dirt in hard-to-reach places
  3. Painter’s tape, ladder, drop cloth
  4. Paint sprayer – You don’t want to hand-brush your home
  5. Paint scraper – removal of old paint
  6. Stain-blocking primer – self explanatory
  7. Exterior caulk, caulk gun, and spackle knife
  8. Plastic sheeting
  9. Epoxy gun 

First things first, you are going to need a high-powered pressure washer to remove the dust buildup and dirt and to ensure you get the best painting coverage. A house pressure washer is different from one you would use on your car or anything else, as it has just the right amount of pressure and is easy to maneuver. Starting from the top, you’ll work your way to the bottom with controlled and smooth, slightly-overlapping strokes.

Next, you’ll want to repair any damaged surfaces around the entire perimeter of your home. When you notice these damaged spots, apply the epoxy filler to holes or cracks using a spackle knife. Once dry, lightly sand those areas for a smooth finish. 

Loose paint will happen, especially on older houses. So once your exterior is dry, you’ll take care of the loose paint chips. Anywhere you find loose or cracked paint, place a drop cloth along the ground.  Using your medium-grit sanding block or paint scraper, carefully remove the loose paint.

Next, you’ll take note of any gaps around your windows and doors, and even between your house and along the trim. With your caulk and gun, use the exterior caulk to fill any gaps or holes you notice.

Next, if you notice any wood knots or stains on the exterior, apply just one stain-blocking primer coat using your paintbrush.

Give your windows, lights, and doors a protective plastic sheet by wrapping them tightly using painters tape.

Now comes the fun part. Take your paint sprayer and load your paint color as directed. Depending on the color, you’ll probably need two or three coats. Much like power washing, you’ll overlap each stroke by a few inches in a very slow moving and controlled pattern.

And at last, paint your trim, doors and window sills with two coats of exterior semi-gloss using your paintbrush. You’ll remove all drop cloths and plastic sheeting once through.

You see, interior and exterior house painting differs greatly. Not by much, but with both of these locations being in a slightly different climate, you can see that your exterior must hold the color properly with all of these steps in place.

That said, it’s important to find the right house painting Castle Rock contractor to assist with this kind of DIY. So when was the last time you power washed your home’s exterior? You know, even if you don’t paint your home, power washing can revive the look of your current color. Messer Painting provides residential and commercial power washing for your home and business. Contact them today for an instant quote on a free estimate to get started!

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