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Steps to Take to Get Your Home Ready for a Fresh Coat of Paint

Posted on January 10, 2019

Marshfield Exterior House Painting

Prepping your Marshfield home for a fresh coat of paint is almost as important as the house painting itself.

So you've decided to repaint your home. Soon you'll be able to enjoy all the curb appeal benefits that a fresh coat of paint can bring to your home. First, however, you'll want to make sure that your home's exterior is ready to be painted. Some of these steps will likely be taken by the house painters, but some you may need to take yourself — or might want to take yourself just to be prepared.

Cover Your Yard

Your house painting contractors will have buckets of paint with them as well as rollers and brushes that, even in the most careful hands, might drip. If you have a flower bed surrounding the house, you may want to cover it with tarp or something similar before the house painting starts. In fact, it's a good idea to cover the area around the house with tarp before moving to step two, so as not to soak the soil around the foundation of the home. You don't have to cover your entire lawn, of course. Just what's around your house.

Wash the Walls

It's not just old paint sitting on your home's exterior walls. Over time, that exposure to the elements can create quite a buildup of dirt and dust. Even if it's not immediately obvious to you, there's a chance that your home exterior walls are less than pristine. And that dirt can impact the new paint job, if it's not first removed. That's why it's a good idea to wash the walls before you start to prime and paint. Fortunately, your house painting contractor will likely do this part themselves, but it's good to know that it's necessary and ensure the walls are clean before the painting starts.

Scrape Off the Flakes

Once the walls are washed and dried, you'll be able to more clearly spot any issues with peeling or loose paint. Before the house is painted, that will need to be scraped off with a paint scraper. This part isn't particularly difficult, and again, will probably be taken care of by your house painting contractor. However, it's important to make sure you do a thorough job and that you allow the house to completely dry before moving forward.

Sand Down the Siding

Your paint scraper will take care of any loose paint, but your house painting contractors likely won't just paint over paint. For the best house painting job, you'll want to sand down the siding to remove old paint and any bumps. This will help the fresh coat of paint to adhere more successfully and create a smoother finish overall. It's best to hire a house painting contractor willing to take their time with this step of the process. Electric disc sanders or belt sanders can cause dips in the siding if the contractor isn't careful.

Need a hand adding a fresh coat of paint to your home? Contact No Risk Painting today for a free, no risk quote for your exterior house painting job in Marshfield.

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