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How To Properly Paint Your Peoria Home’s Exterior

Generally, home exteriors need to be painted only every 5 to 10 years. Of course, this varies depending on the quality of paint being used and the painter’s craftsmanship. But that being said, you don’t have to wait years to paint your home every time.

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest ways to effectively boost your home’s curb appeal. So, whether you have the holidays r are just in the mood for a different color for your house, it’s always a good time to paint the exterior.

And ideally, it’s best to hire professionals that provide painting services, but generally, keep these tips in mind if you’re taking the DIY route.

Clean And Repair The Walls

If you take a good look at your house, you’ll probably see lots of junk buildup, including wasp’s nests, soot, dust, leaves, and spider webs. So, first, you’ll have to pressure wash the exterior. It’s the quickest way to get the job done; wash from top to bottom—once with soap and once with clean water.

Once you’ve washed the walls, let them dry up. And then remove all the loose paint. Afterward, closely examine the home’s exterior to check for damaged surfaces. It’s very likely that the walls will require masonry and stucco repairs. Get those out of the way first, before you paint.

Don’t Forget Primer

Once you’ve made all necessary repairs, you need to apply primer. This is an essential step that many DIY jobs miss out on. Ideally, you should be using a gray, white, or tinted primer. This will give you a clean, even base to work on, and topcoats will adhere to it.

Also, if you need to use the right kind of primer, if you’re painting over oil-based paints, you need to use oil-based primers, but if you’re painting over latex paint, then a latex primer would be a better choice.

Cover The Windows, Doors, And Any Other Exterior Fixtures

The level of neatness in your work is precisely the factor that sets apart a pro-level painting job from a DIY paint job. But we have a tip to make it easier for you.

If you want your paint to look neat, make sure to cover all exterior fixtures like windows, doors, and lights with a protective plastic cover and painter’s tape. This will also help you save a lot of time when cleaning up later.

Check The Weather Before You Start

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Experienced painters know that it’s not always a great time to paint home exteriors. For instance, if you start painting right before it rains, that’s a recipe for disaster.

Also, direct sunlight, cool temperatures, and wind are not great for your paint job. For instance, too much heat from the sun would dry the paint quicker than you’d prefer. Cooler temperatures aren’t great for some paint types, while the wind will bring lots of dust, which will stick to your wet paint and ruin your work.

The point is that painting a home’s exterior is tougher than it looks. This is why it may be better to hire professionals for the job. If you’re not sure who to hire, you can hire us!

At CF VICE Construction, we’re known for our block wall services, but we can also help you with painting services in Peoria.

Give us a call to discuss this further.

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