exterior painting,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Preparing to Paint Your Homes Exterior

The first thing that anyone sees when they pull up to your home is the paint job. In life you only get one chance to make a first impression, and the same is true for your home.  As it’s the most valuable asset you own, it’s important to get a fresh coat of paint on your home every few years.  In order to get the best possible results from your exterior paint job, there are a number of steps that must be taken before the first brush stroke.  The professionals at University Painters are trained and skilled in all aspects of making sure your home makes the best first impression possible.

            Before you can begin to paint your home, you must first pick the color.  It is important that you get an even coat of uniform color, so it is recommended to mix several cans of paint together before you begin.  By doing this you can assure that all the paint you use will have the same hue and you can avoid any dark or light patches that may occur when going from one can to the next. 

            Once you have picked your paint and mixed it, you can begin the exterior preparations.  First you need to wash the home thoroughly.  It is important to make sure that all dirt, mildew, and grime has been thoroughly cleaned off the house.  Once the house is clean, any old paint that may be peeling needs to be completely scraped off.  This is important because if your home is dirty or has peeling paint, then you are not applying the paint to the home, but on top of the filth and old paint.  When this happens, the new coat of paint won’t adhere properly and can peel.

            After the house is completely clean, it needs to be thoroughly sanded.  You want to make sure that your home is dull, smooth and dry before you start painting.  The next thing to do is put down a primer coat.  It is critical to put down primer before painting any surface.  The award-winning experts at University Painters take extra care with every project they work on, and they are extensively trained in all the steps and preparation required when repainting your home.  For more information, to make an appointment or to get a quote, please visit universitypainters.com.