Some people in Charlottesville skimp on prep work because it's hard, time-consuming work; some because they don't understand just how important it really is; and some because they don't know how to go about it. While we can't do much about the difficulty of the job, this week's article will go through each step in the process so at least you'll have the know-how to get it done right.
Houses get dirty from dust and other environmental contaminants. If you leave these contaminants on the surface when you paint, your paint will be sticking to the dirt and not to the surface that you want it to stick to.
2.) Let It Dry
This may sound a bit ridiculous but it should be said that paint, primer, and caulking do not stick well to damp surfaces.
By the time most folks get around to painting their home it's because they're starting to see peeling paint.
4.) Repair Damage & Set Nail Heads
If you have any rotted or damaged sections of siding or trim then you'll want to repair them at this stage of the game.
The next step is to sand all of the surfaces smooth. This includes sanding down any rough exposed wood as well as feather-sanding the edge of the remaining paint that's still on the siding.
If you didn't have any peeling paint you should be able to skip this step and go on to the next. If you did then you'll at least need to do some spot-priming of the bare areas, because paint doesn't always stick well to bare substrates.
Caulking doesn't just make your paint job look pretty it also keeps water from getting into the structure and causing damage.
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