Is your home’s exterior paint starting to peel, crack and chip? If you aren’t sure, be sure to check out the trimwork around windows and doors. These are two places that often easy to spot signs of wear and tear.
Gold Painting Inc. recommends gearing up for an exterior project if there’s evidence of peeling, cracking and chipping exterior paint because those signs are a precursor to potentially harmful damage to the wood itself. This makes sense since the paint acts as a protective barrier against wind, rain and UV damage—when the paint wears away, the exposed wood is far more vulnerable to being compromised.
Now, let’s move on to how to properly scrape paint that’s peeling, cracking or chipping from your home’s exterior. Gold Painting Inc. recommends using a wide putty knife to lift and scrape peeling, cracking and chipping paint away. Be careful not to dig the pointed ends of the putty knife into the wood, as this can cause permanent damage.
Next, use course sanding apparatus—sandpaper or electric sander—to smooth out the areas you’ve worked on. Wipe away the dust with a tack cloth.
Then, move to a medium-grade sander to smooth things out. Again, wipe away the dust and follow up with a fine-grit sand over the entire surface. Repeat that dust-wiping step, too.
Now it’s time to fill in any damaged areas with an exterior spackling product. Once dry, sand over the area with that fine-grit paper and wipe the dust away.
Prep the area for paintng by scrubbing it with tepid water and mild soap. You can also use a soft brush to tackle any pesky dirt and debris. Once you rinse the area with clean water, let it dry for two days.
Prime the exterior surface with an effective primer that’s designed to handle the elements. Think oil-based or latex wood primer to start.
Now, it’s time to paint! Use a paint that’s specifically made for exteriors. Usually it will say “exterior grade” on the label. Also, pay attention to whether the exterior paint offers UV protection. Also, look for “mildewcide” if you’re concerned about mildew.
Apply the paint with a sprayer , brush or roller depending on the surface area to be covered. Let it dry overnight and apply a second good for good measure.
If your home is experiencing peeling, cracking or chipping exterior paint contact Gold Painting Inc. today so we can evaluate your needs and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for our exterior paint services. We are Massachusetts’ premier interior and exterior residential and commercial painting and maintenance service provider and we never “scrape” by on a job!