Nicely painted house exteriors not only make it look fresh and new but also protect it from sun and rain. Painting the exterior of the house is a time-consuming job and if not done properly, it can damage the house and hinder with the overall look of it. No matter how well you’ve painted your house, it will fade away and need attention in a span of time. As the weather changes, the temperature will eventually take a toll on the paint job and will, in turn, hamper the look of your house. The process can be delayed if the job is done well, but if the painting is not paid attention to, the damage will be done faster to your walls. Whether you hire a professional or do it by yourself, you can avoid these common mistakes.
Inter-coat peeling, and how to avoid it
Inter-coat peeling happens when the paint doesn’t adhere properly while the exterior surface was being painted. The paint starts to get flaky, it is required to be scraped off the peeling paint and the work has to be done all over again. This often occurs when someone inexperienced does the job. In order to avoid the peeling, it’s important to prep the surfaces before painting. This is how you could do this:
- Clean the surface for a spotless look. Get rid of any oily residue and sand down the surface if required.
- Use a primer that’s suitable for the surface you’re working with so that it applies smoothly.
- Make sure to use the paint that goes well with the primer, chemically.
- Let every layer dry before applying another layer in order to avoid brush strokes.
Air bubbles or blisters, and how to avoid them
While painting the exteriors of your house, you are going to face this problem if the outdoor temperature makes the surface too hot. The blisters form as the moisture from the surface beneath starts to evaporate. If you face this issue, you will have to scrape the entire paint off and repaint the house all over again. This is just as extensive as it sounds. To avoid this from happening, make sure the temperature of the surface you are working with is below 90 degrees. Also, make sure the wall is dry both from inside and out as the moisture transfers from the surface beneath just as the paint is applied.
Prep the exposed wood properly
Exterior wood that’s exposed can cause the paint or the polish to crack and peel even in a year or two. These wooden areas on the exterior must be thoroughly sanded and primed. Once the surface is smooth again, paint can be applied to get a brand new look. It’s always recommended to consult a paint contractor or handyman for a professional opinion.