Properly exterior window Painting preparation

Taking the extra time to prepare properly for your exterior painting project is a direct investment in your time and money. Good exterior painting preparation has been proven to help the paint last longer, look better and prevent other related problems such as mold growth, chipping and peeling. Get started on your successful exterior painting project by reading and following the exterior painting preparation steps below. If you just aren't up to painting on your own, then make it easy on yourself by finding a professional and reliable painter.

Step 1: Prepare Yourself

Exterior panting preparation is a dirty job, so you should wear clothes that you don't mind dirtying. Furthermore, you will be getting wet, so keep that in mind as well when you select your clothes for this project. It is also essential that you wear protectivegoggles, especially during the scraping process. Chipped-off paint and other materials could easily fly into your eyes and cause serious damage. Don't take any chances: Prepare properly by having a good pair of goggles or protective glasses on hand. Work gloves are also important for protecting your hands during the prep process.

Step 2: Spray the Dirt Away

This is essential because paint will not stick well to any type of dirt, especially the outdoor kinds of dirt like grime and dust. While some recommend using a power washer for this step, others caution that it can cause more harm than good. This is because it could also drive water deep into or behind wood siding or trim. If the soffit gets too wet, the wood will swell and quickly cause the new paint to peel off. Even if you don't have wood siding, it still may be a better idea to use a hose with a strong water flow rather than a power washer. For even stronger cleaningthan just a hose, use a special brush attachment for the hose along with liquid soap;just make sure to rinse off all of the soap. You may want to consider using rags and sponges, depending on the amount of dirt on the exterior of your home. The more dirt, the more scrubbing you'll need to do. If there are any areas with mold or mildew then it is advisable to wash with an anti-fungal cleaner. These types of cleaners can be foundat hardware or home improvement stores.

Step 3: Scraping

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