We are coming up on that time of year. The time when all the outdoor projects that have been on hold throughout the winter months are about to commence. Homeowners have been planning and preparing for all sorts of jobs around the house. Everything from gardening to painting to minor repairs is on the list.

If you plan on repainting the exterior of your home, there are some things you need to think about before you start rolling or spraying the paint on the house.  

At Select Painting, we have painted thousands of houses. We have the expertise to paint a house well and ensure the paint lasts. Call us today if you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation.

Prepping for Exterior Paint

When it comes to your exterior house paint job, many people don’t quite know where to start. If you just grab some paint and a brush and get to work, you will regret it. Not only will the paint job not look good, you most likely will end up repainting within a year or two.

Take it from the professionals; preparation is king. Some say you can never prep enough, and they are probably right. Prep as much as you can, then prep some more. But seriously, every hour of prep work will save you time while you are painting as well as save you money and headaches in the long run.

There are a few questions exterior house painting we get asked a lot. If you are going to attempt an exterior paint job on your own, we want to help you out with some answers.

Question: Why do I have to prep? Why can’t I paint over existing paint?

Preparation is the most essential step in the process. You might think it is the actual painting, but it is not. Without prep, your paint job will not look as good as it could.

You must remove all loose and peeling exterior house paint from the outside of your home. If you paint on top of paint that is already loose or peeling, the paint job will not last. The new paint will only stick to a substrate that is loose and peeling.

Layman’s terms: painting over peeling paint will make your new paint fall off more easily. Also, new paint will only stick to a surface that is CLEAN, DRY, and DULL. It will not adhere to a dirty, wet, or nonporous surface.

Question: What is the most important thing to consider when you are getting ready to paint the exterior of your house?

The most important thing we tell clients is that you want to paint a new coat on your home’s exterior BEFORE the old coat starts to fail. That means you need to plan for a new paint job before you notice the current coat needs repainting. We recommend that you repaint your house every five to eight years. When was the last time your home’s exterior was painted?

Question: What are the tools you need?

There are a few must-have tools for any exterior paint job. Many of these tools you can rent from your local hardware store if you don’t own them. You will definitely want a power washer to make the process of removing old paint and debris from the exterior walls easier. You will also want a sander if you have wooden or composite siding.

As for the everyday tools that you more than likely have at your home, you will want a scraper, a caulk gun, and a 5-in-1 tool.

Question: What is the ideal weather and temperature for painting the exterior of your house?

This is a great question. Everyone knows that there are certain weather conditions you should avoid painting in, like rain. However, many people do not know that temperature plays a role in how well paint performs. You should not apply exterior paint in weather under 50 degrees. Check the forecast to be sure you have a clear day with no chance of rain with temps in the 50s at least. Also, ensure the overnight low does not drop below 35 degrees.

Questions: How long before painting should you prepare the exterior?

There are some steps that you can do the day of or the day before. However, power washing should be done several days in advance in order to give the siding time to thoroughly dry. Caulk needs to be applied enough ahead of time that it can dry, as well.  

Question: What are the steps you need to take to remove the paint?

To effectively remove the current exterior house paint from your home, there are several steps to take. The first step is to power wash the exterior. After you have cleaned the house thoroughly, use your scrape and scrape by hand until you remove all loose and peeling paint.

If you have extensive peeling on your current coat and don’t want to attempt to scrape by hand, there are power tools you can buy or rent. Most hardware stores will have a paint shaver you could purchase in the $500-$1000 range. You could also use a heat gun to ease the process. Keep in mind these can be very dangerous and can set the siding on fire if you’re not careful.

Question: What is the difference between chemical strippers and manual stripping? Which is better?

Chemical strippers are very powerful and very harsh. Old Masters T-4 Paint Remover is a quality product that will remove just about all of the paint on your house.

Manual stripping depends on you and how much elbow grease you can muster. You will want a paint shaver and a little bit of time. With some work, you can remove all of the exterior house paint.

The best and most cost effective method to remove paint is with a scraper. You do not need to take off all of the paint. You need to ensure you have removed all the loose and peeling paint before applying new paint.

Call Select Painting

If, after reading through this, you are unsure if you want to tackle exterior house paint removal, call the professionals at Select Painting. We take pride in every house we paint, and we will make sure you are satisfied every step of the way.