Exterior Painting - Make The Difference
Of all the things you can do to your property to brighten it up and give it its highest value, painting stands head and shoulders above all of the other options. The return on investment from a coat of paint is far greater than anything imaginable. When in doubt, paint!
But do not try painting the exterior of your home in the dead of winter. The paint will simply not stick. Sorry. You need to wait until temperatures have started to get into the 60s before you can have any expectation of your good paint job turning out perfect!
"You only get one chance to make a first imprssion!"
10 Steps to the perfect exterior paint job
So why not make it the best? A good, exterior paint job before leasing or selling will increase the appeal of that home 2000%! But to get the most out of the effort, you have to do it right. (We like to think we do it right!) Follow these 10 steps to the perfect exterior paint job and your chances for success will increase dramatically.
Step 1 —Get the lead out
Homes built before 1978 probably have lead paint on them. Lead paint is a very hazardous material. If the exterior paint on your older home is peeling, then go online or get down to the hardware store and purchase a testing kit. They are not expensive. You do not want to be poisoning you, your family, or the neighborhood. You also don't want to break the law. So get educated on lead paint before tackling this hazardous waste!
If your testing proved negative then you can move on to Step 2 &mdash Washing. If tests were positive then you will want to take some precautions to minimize contamination in the air and surrounding area.
- Lay out plastic sheets or drop cloths to collect scrapings.
- Wear a grood respirator mask, gloves, glasses, and coveralls (Tyvek suit?).
- After scraping, clean area with a HEPA vacuum.
- Dispose of all materials at an approved hazardous waste site. Do NOT throw in the garbage.
We are an EPA-approved Certified Lead-Paint Renovator. That means we have received the training to safely and legally deal with the lead paint so it does not pose a health. legal, or financial liabilitiy to you, your children, or neighbors. Get the facts before attempting to work with lead paint. Then call us!
Once you have gotten the lead out, you are ready to proceed on to the next step.
Who ever called painting "painting" was grossly mistaken. "Painting" is really "prepping", and painting just happens to be the last task in an otherwise long list of arduous tasks that involve preparing the surfaces for painting. So here is that list:
- Step 1 — Check for lead
- Step 2 — Washing
- Step 3 — Scraping
- Step 4 — Filling & Repairing
- Step 5 — Sanding
- Step 6 — Caulking
- Step 7 — Priming
- Step 8 — Choosing Paint
- Step 9 — Painting
- Step 10 — Clean up
For a free quote on what it would take to paint the exterior of your home — or paint the interior — or do any other maintenance projects you have in mind, feel free to give us a call at (206) 900-9006 or send us an email.
We also do a variety of other handyman projects, including: fences, flooring, grafitti removal, water damage restoration, and more.