Is it time to think about painting...?
Some points to ponder before you begin:
The kind of investment you have to proect and your plans for it , may determine the kind of painting strategy on which you decide. Proper preparation for, and application of good paint is the most cost effective course in the long run. Prep can easily result in 50% - 75% of the labor expenditure. Tempting as it may be, at some point "cutting corners" will begin to affect the integrity of any paint film, its beauty, and ultimately the structure it protects.
Although not rocket science, painting any interior or exterior efficiently and correctly is painstaking work, necessitating the performance of certain procedures in a logical sequence, best conducted in an organized manner. A good process insures that all the necessary steps are taken to protect as well as beautify your home in the most efficient way.
A paint film is only as strong as its least adhered layer. So the first step, surface prep, is very important. Mildew, dirt/ grease and loose paint need to be removed. For exteriors, Clearing vegetation 12"-18" away from all surfaces, and a thorough pressure washing are the best places to begin the prep process. Pressure washing will loosen and expose questionable areas as well as clean off dirt, dust and airborne chemical reactants. For interiors, a thorough washing with an environmentally friendly TSP substitute will clean off dirt, cooking greases, soap film, and smoke residue. Shiny surfaces such as window and door trim or bath and kitchen cabinetry, need to be de-glossed and or lightly sanded before painting. Paint always adheres best to a dry, clean, solid, dull surface. In some places, especially door and window trim, and in obvious (especially eye level) areas, sanding/ filling the surface for uniformity will improve the cosmetic appearance of the finished product. Nail holes and other wall imperfections should be filled and primed at this time.
Generally speaking, the next step would be to prime any bare wood, then fill and caulk. Filling holes and caulking any areas where moisture can get get behind the paint film is important to insure maximum endurance and protection. Other interior locations often in need of cosmetic caulking are wall cracks, trim, around doors and windows, and base moulding. Exterior places, often in need of caulking for moisture and/ or thermal protection, are window/ door sills and frames, siding butt ends, and fascia peaks. Window glazing should be replaced if loose or missing.
Regardless of whether you intend to keep your property for years or are readying for a sale, it pays to use the best materials you can afford. Environmental/ health concerns, ease of application, tolerance for a wide range of conditions and some latitude in surface preparation, are just a few of the reasons we recommend the use of a top Quality, 100% Acrylic Latex paint. We no longer use, or recommend the use of petroleum based paint or other toxic chemicals. Due to recent advances in paint technology, if the integrity of the envelope is kept intact, acrylic paint has better color/ gloss retention, looks good longer, and is easier to maintain than other comparable coating systems. For those contemplating doing some or all of the work themselves, good tools and materials are a small expense compared with the true costs of your labor.
If it hasn't already been done, now would be time to make sure plants and valuable furnishings are carefully covered. Masking paper and drop cloths are essential for floors, carpets, trim and appliances; guaranteeing a neat, clean looking job. For exteriors, it is a good idea to make sure outside plants, shrubs, and landscaping are protected as well. Drops may be necessary for walks, patios, driveways, etc. Masking doors, windows, foundations and especially, roofs and chimneys, will eliminate the possibility of unsightly over spray.
For exteriors delivering the paint by spray and then brushing back over it, insures that instead of just laying on top, the paint will be worked into the surface for maximum adhesion . This is especially important for T1-11, shake siding or other rough, irregular surfaces. If sprayed, interiors should be be back rolled for uniformity of sheen.
It's conceivable that with thorough preparation, using two coats of good paint and a few hours a year of routine maintenance, your paint "envelope" can look great and perform for many years. That makes it cost effective insurance for any investment worth protecting.
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