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Painting prep work is many times overlooked by DIYers and some house painters. Professional house painters and most paint contractors know that this is the most important and the essential foundation into producing a beautiful paint job that lasts. If you would like to learn about why prep work is so important, please view our article on “Why Prep Work is So Important” to understand why prep work makes such a big difference.

This article is to explain the painting prep work process and all the essentials that are needed to have a beautiful house. House painters here at Kind Home Solutions utilize this same process to ensure the quality of our work and stand up to our warranties.

House painting in Colorado has a lot of prep work to be done due to our direct sunlight, and diverse weather conditions. Keep reading to see each step of prep in detail.

Number 1:

Power Washing

First, in the prep work process, is cleaning and washing down your house to where there is no dirt, dust, and other messes on the houses siding, trim, and gutters. Power washing the house is the best way to clean your house to ensure you are not painting over any dust or dirt. Dust and dirt are some of the biggest troublemakers that will stop your paint from sticking to your house effectively. Power washing the full house in all the nooks, crannys, and the body will be able to remove all dirt and dust and ensure you will have all of it removed. Once this is completed, let the house dry. Painting over water or damp siding/trim would also ensure your paint won’t stick so this is big, letting your house dry all the way and giving it at least a day.

Number 2:

Scraping and Priming

After power washing and drying your house or the garage, it’s time to start scraping off all flaky and chipping paint from all surfaces that your will be painting. Flaky paint and chipping paint would also ensure that your paint will not stick well leaving you with your paint flaking off within a few years. To ensure that your paint is going to STICK, you need to scrape off ALL the chipping and flaking paint. If siding or trim wood is rotting, then you are going to need to replace that piece of siding or trim. Fun fact; you CAN replace an wood before or after your pressure wash since it will be new, fresh wood. After you scrape off the paint, now add primer. At Kind Home Solutions we recommend “peel bond primer” in our opinion, this is the best primer you can buy and apply. Scrape off all you can, then apply the peel bond primer. Now you are ready for the next step after that is completed.

Number 3:

Repairs/Caulking

The next step would be to fix and repair any holes, rotten siding, and any nails coming out of the siding. Make sure you have sealed everything and made it smooth. Once you have everything caulked or repaired, then you will ensure that you will not have any water problems. You will also have smoother areas all over.

Number 4:

Tape Off All Other Parts of House

The next step now, is covering all the brick, lights, doors, and windows. ANYTHING that you do not want paint on should be covered! Cover all areas with plastic sealed right to where the paint needs to be applied. This will help ensure that you won’t get paint on any unwanted areas.

Number 5:

Prime Bare Areas

Now we take special care to prime any bare areas.  Paint has no problem sticking to paint but if you have any bare wood you’ll want that to be primed for proper adhesion.  Here in Colorado, priming the lower section of boards can also really help to resist any damage caused from sitting snow.  Once your home is primed where needed you are ready to paint!

House is Ready to Paint

The final step is of course painting.  This is why prep work is so important, it is about 80% of the paint job. Your home may not look beautiful until that paint is added. Now you can have peace of mind knowing you’re going to have a long lasting beautiful paint job. It will look impressive for years to come.

Painting prep work is many times overlooked by DIYers and some house painters. Professional house painters and most paint contractors know that this is the most important and the essential foundation into producing a beautiful paint job that lasts. If you would like to learn about why prep work is so important, please view our article on “why prep work is so important” (hyper link to prep work importance article blog link after it is made) to understand why prep work makes such a big difference.

This article is to explain the painting prep work process and all the essentials that are needed to have a beautiful house. House painters here at Kind Home Solutions utilize this same process to ensure the quality of our work and stand up to our warranties.
House painting in Colorado has a lot of prep work to be done because or the close sun, and there is diverse weather conditions. Keep reading to see each step of prep in detail.