Time For A Fresh Coat Of Paint? How To Avoid Problems When Painting Your Home

Posted on: 10 January 2020

If your home is looking worse for wear, a fresh coat of paint can go a long way towards restoring the beauty and appeal. However, there are some steps you'll need to take before you tackle the project. Here are some steps that will improve the outcome of your paint project. 

Hire a Professional

If you're going to paint your home, don't try to tackle it as a weekend project. Make sure the project gets done right by hiring professional exterior painters. Painting the interior of your home can usually be accomplished as a do-it-yourself project. However, the same can't be said for the exterior of your home. When you hire a professional to paint the exterior of your home, they'll make sure that everything is done correctly—right down to applying that initial coat of primer. 

Watch the Weather Forecasts

Now that you're going to be painting the exterior of your home, you want to start watching the weather forecasts. Trying to paint your home during episodes of foul weather can wreak havoc on the project. Extremely cold weather will prevent the paint from adhering to the stucco properly. Extremely hot weather will dry the paint too quickly, reducing durability. Wet weather will wash the paint away before it has a chance to dry. For the best outcome, choose the timeline for your paint project carefully. 

Don't Pass on the Prep Work

When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, you can't afford to pass on the prep work. Before the painters begin the actual project, there's some basic prep work that will need to be performed by you and by the paint crew. First, you'll need to remove toys and furniture from around your home. That way, your paint crew has a clear path to your home. Second, send your dogs to the kennel for the duration of the project. That way, there's no risk that your paint crew will get bit or your dogs will suffer from anxiety. Finally, allow your paint crew to prep the stucco and bare wood. That way, the paint will adhere properly. 

Conduct a Color Test

Finally, before you paint crew tackles the entire project, take the time to conduct a color test. You may love the color while it's on the swatch, but it might be a different story once it dries on your home. To make sure you're not left with remorse, let your painters apply paint to a small area of your home. Once the paint dries, take a look at the color. If you're still satisfied with the color, give the go-ahead to proceed.