When you are looking to paint the exterior of your home, you should know that you are undertaking a sizable project, one that won't just take a day or two but rather at least three to four days, and that's when you have a couple of people helping you with it.
It's also extremely useful to have a bit of knowledge on your side as it were, some practical advice that will guide you through the process of painting the exterior of your home.
With that in mind, here are seven helpful hints for exterior paint prep in Grapevine, TX.
1. Know Where Your Ladders Will Go
A major way that people get injured is to fall off of a ladder -- it can be something that can really hurt a person if they are to fall off of it.
A reason that this happens is that ladders aren't properly placed and/ or are not held in place by someone helping the person that goes up the ladder to paint.
If you start out by at least knowing where you are going to be putting your ladder, you will be able to know how to properly secure it when you are painting the higher parts of the exterior of your home.
2. Be Aware Of How Much Paint You Will Need
If there's one thing that wastes time, it's running out of your supplies and then needing to go out and get more of them.
Paint, for example -- if you run out of paint before you are finished painting the exterior of your home, you will need to get more of it.
The best way to prevent this from happening, of course, is to be well aware in advance how much paint you will be needing for your exterior painting project.
If you need to figure out how much paint you will need for a given exterior painting project, it's just a matter of calculating how many square feet of wall you have and, based on that, how much paint you will need.
The kind of exterior you have will also have an influence on how much paint you will need as different kinds of surface require more or less paint.
3. Move Anything That Can Be Moved
When you are painting the exterior of your home, you need to make sure that anything outside of your home that isn't your actual home exterior doesn't get painted.
If it's possible to move things, relocate them so that they won't possibly get any paint on them -- make sure that you have a place to put them.
4. Cover Anything That Cannot Be Moved Or Easily Cleaned
When you have things outside of your home that cannot be so easily moved (like a bed of roses, for example) you are best off covering those things so that those things don't get paint splattered onto them.
It's a lot easier to clean or dispose of a tarp than to try to remove paint from the surface of a rose, certainly.
5. Take Care Of The Pets So They Don't Get Hurt (Or Worse)
When you have a small furry friend -- whether that means you have an energetic puppy that loves to run around or even a happy cat that likes to get out on occasion, it's important to take measures so that they do not get hurt... or worse.
What this means is that you need to take measures to ensure that your pet remains indoors during the entire painting project from beginning to end, with exception being if you need to take a dog out for a walk -- but with good leash control, you can avoid the hazards that exist outside.
Just the possibility of a leash wrapping around one of your paint buckets and spreading the paint inside everywhere or even tugging down on the ladder... should get you thinking that you need to properly prepare and know how to best take care of your friend during the paint project.
6. Scraping And Sanding
If this isn't the first paint job on the house you're going to see loose and flaking paint in some areas.
The best thing you can do for this is to scrape the loose paint off and to properly sand those areas such that the surface of your house is even.
7. Prime Before Painting
It's important that you prime before you paint your house -- this means that you put on a coat of primer before you apply the first coat of paint -- and there is almost always more than one coat of paint.
The primer is useful as it helps the paint adhere to the exterior of your home.
Need some advice on a project? Illuminate Painting can help you with your painting needs. Schedule an estimate or call us at (325) 305-6005.