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Exterior House Painting Tips – A Rated Painters Newton MA

So, it’s time to exterior house painting. This, naturally, is among the numerous costly discomforts to owning a home and one that homeowners need to endure every 6-8 years, depending upon your house and siding.

Here are a few practical tips to assist you with the process.

Preparing for Exterior House Painting

exterior house painting Newton MAFirst, determine if there is any preparation work that has to be done prior to starting exterior house painting. Do you have any decayed siding, window sills, hand railing, or window and door trim? Make certain you take this chance to correct this issue prior to painting. Many times house painting companies have experience in this field and can provide a quote that consists of changing your siding and trim. However, if your project includes changing a substantial amount of siding you might wish to call a siding pro. Ensure the painter or carpenter replacing your siding is utilizing the same style and size you currently have.

Second, decide if you want to take this opportunity to alter the color of your house. Upgrading the color can bring new spice to your house. When identifying exactly what colors to use make certain that they suit your area as well as colors that currently exist. For instance you currently have a roofing, plants, landscaping, a structure, and a driveway present. These all have colors that need to be thought about when attempting to match your house to its environments. Also note that if you are changing your house’s color your rate for exterior house painting will increase. You may not be able to get away with just 1 or 2 coats to cover your old color. Each coat will cost more money.

Third, choose if you desire your house hand brushed or sprayed. If you leave it to the painting company to decide you will probably have it sprayed due to the fact that it is faster and easier. Nevertheless, if you have an older house, wood siding, or it has been a while because your last painting you might wish to think about requesting a quote that consists of painting by hand. The hand brushing application will offer a thicker coat and gets the paint deeper into the wood and crevasses, guaranteeing that you have security from water penetration. Keep in mind that hand brushing is more time consuming and will cost more money.

Lastly, pick the paint business to do your exterior work. There is a lot of rate variation for big exterior tasks, so shop your job around. Nevertheless, you should not constantly decide based just on rate. You have to think about the quality of business and your comfort level with that business.  Do they leave you an expert comprehensive estimate? (they should) Are they hard to reach on the phone?  These are all signs to look for to figure out whether you are getting an expert and someone that will be simple to deal with.


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House Painting Mistakes That You Will Regret

People make a lot of house painting mistakes that end up costing them big time.  One reason it is a good idea to hire a professional house painter. Here is a great article on some house painting mistakes you will want to avoid.

These House Painting Mistakes Will Cost You

Most people would agree that building a home on a cracked and crumbling foundation is not the wisest plan. Yet, these same people may paint right over chipped and peeling paint. “Its just paint,” they might say. “I can repaint it again if I need to.” Repainting is exactly what they will need to do, and in every case much sooner rather than later.

Mistake #1 – Painting Over Chipped and Peeling Paint

house painting mistakes Newton MAOnce a layer of paint lets go from the substrate, no amount of hope and wishful thinking will re-attach it, nor will another layer of paint magically pass through the old paint and bind everything back together. An analogy: It is a scaled down version of installing new tile over old when those old tiles are not firmly attached. When the bottom layer lets go, the top layer always comes with it.

The proper thing to do is to scrape and sand. The scraping will remove loose chips and the sanding will allow the new paint to adhere better. Sanding also eases the “bumpy” profile of the surface where the paint is missing.

Mistake #2 – Painting a Dirty Surface

Another common short cut is not cleaning the surface. Minor stains are typically not a problem but accumulations of dust, sand and loose debris are very problematic. Aside from clogging your paint and brush with gunk, the paint can not pass through a pile of sand to find its way to the substrate below. When the dirt washes away you will have “bald” spots. This problem is usually seen when repainting window frames, as the corners are natural-born dirt magnets. Washing, rinsing and a thorough drying out before painting will yield far superior results.

Mistake #3 – Painting Before the Surface is Ready

Just as a certain winery would sell no wine before its time, you should not paint your wall until the surface is ready.  In the case of drywall, the finish should be final and dry. Fresh patches or texture require primer, then paint. Despite the claims of all-in-one paint and primer, my results with these products have been a notch or two below using separate products.

Once paint is applied, your less-than-perfect sanding of a repaired area my reveal itself.  In this case, you need to skim coat again or try to sand through the paint and the repair. Both of these tasks add time and trouble. To eliminate performing this task twice, inspect the wall with a strong light source set at an angle.  This “raking” light will show the troubled spots and allow you to correct them before applying the paint.

Read more on house painting mistakes at Networx.com