When it comes to painting the outside of a home, there are many steps involved to get a good finished product. The first step is gathering the right tools. You might think that a paint brush is the only tool necessary to paint a home. However, when it comes to exterior painting, you will want more than that. When you hire professionals, they will bring that equipment along. The list of equipment for professional exterior painting includes pressure washers, scrapers, knives, paint sprayers, brushes of several sizes, drop cloths, and ladders of all sizes.
Cleaning and scraping
The next step in exterior painting is cleaning and scraping your home for paint. Putting paint on a dirty surface will make the paint’s life shorter. To get the best adhesion, you need to clean the house thoroughly before exterior painting. During the spray process, you will likely see some paint fly off and leave unpainted strips here and there. The next step is to scrape those areas to remove loose paint. Exterior painting works best on a smooth, clean surface. After scraping the house, most contractors will clean the house for the second time to remove the dust and debris of the scraping process.
Protecting the surfaces
The third step is protecting the surfaces around your home before painting. You have plants in your landscape. Your window panes should have protection. The sidewalks and pavement look better without paint splashes. After a thorough cleaning and scraping, exterior painting requires the protection for the outside surfaces. It will give the painters greater freedom in getting the job done. Moreover, with exterior painting you will need drying time. You do not want to try to do an exterior painting when the surface is still damp.
The fourth step in exterior painting is painting your home. The contractors have done the prep work. All the vulnerable surfaces have protection from paint spills. This is the time when the exterior painting is the item on the agenda. The painters will get up on the ladders and start the roof line. Working down is the most efficient efforts. As the painters complete the body work, the trim painters follow. Getting the details, right makes a difference in the exterior painting.
Cleaning up and touching
The final step is cleaning up and touching up. The main painting is complete. The trim is complete. The final steps in the exterior painting are getting the details perfect. Professional painters will leave a few mistakes. However, the mark of true professionals is the fact they will correct those blemishes. Once the touch-up painting is complete, the final step in exterior painting is cleaning up. That means removing all debris and leaving behind only a professional paint job.