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The Importance of Preparing Your House for Painting by Cleo Gib





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The Importance of Preparing Your House for Painting


 
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When many homeowners begin the process of getting a new coat of paint for their house, they often don't realize that house painting is much more than merely choosing swatches, taking a brush, and coating their house in the color they want. Before anyone touches a brush, the exterior of the house needs to be prepared to receive a fresh coat of paint by removing the old paint and giving the house a thorough cleaning. Here's why you shouldn't skip this important step of painting your house.

Old Paint

Unless you've simply fallen out of love with the existing color of your house, chances are pretty good that the reason you're planning on exterior painting in Powder Springs has something to do with the existing paint beginning to show its age. As paint stays on a surface for multiple years, it eventually begins to chip, crack, and peel away, leaving unsightly blemishes on the exterior of your home. However, you can't merely paint over these blemishes and expect that your house is going to maintain the look that you want. If you do, the old paint will continue to peel, and your new paint will fail to take hold the way it should. If that happens, you're going to be repainting your house a lot sooner than you want to fix the problem that should have been fixed the first time. By getting rid of the old paint, you can make sure there's nothing stopping the new paint from taking hold and lasting as long as it should.

Dirty Sides

Think the sides can't get dirty under the existing coat of paint? That isn't the case. Mildew can grow on old paint, and the older coat of paint will pick up dirt over the years of exposure to the elements. If it's not washed properly, you'll be facing the same problems as if you left the peeling paint on the surface. To get the new coat of paint to hold the surface correctly, the surface needs a thorough washing to remove all of the dirt left behind and prevent bugs from nesting on the wall. It almost goes without saying that if you've got to paint over a spider web, you're not going to get the even, professional look you're hoping to display.

Sanding and Caulking

Holes in the wall aren't something any homeowner wants, and they aren't good for painting, either. To get an even stroke on each wall, the walls need to be smooth and free of holes. By sanding out any rough edges and filling in any holes, you can make sure that the paint will easily adapt to the surface and adhere to it in a way that makes your house look as nice as it should.

The good news is that a professional painting company is well aware of all of these issues and will be sure to take care of them before ever touching the paint. When you're planning on exterior painting in Powder Springs, it's critical to find a painter who understands that the job begins long before the first coat of paint is applied.

 

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