If You Are Going for That ‘Old, Run-Down’ Look: Don’t Read This

If you want quality exterior paint jobs, then continue on down below…

There are some pretty cool rustic looking buildings that can really take you back. Nostalgia can be good, but there is a not-so-fine line between truly rustic and run-down. But here’s the thing: if you are serious about exterior paint jobs, which of course everyone is, then you need to learn how to get it done properly.

There are some things you can casually fly through, but trust me, painting the exterior of anything: house, industrial building, school building- broad side of a barn, you need to do some research first.

So here are some general tips for prepping and painting exteriors.

1. Wash That Old Thing Down-Well

This needs to be done carefully, so a professional hire is not the worst thing to spend money on here. Washing the old loose paint off while being careful not to damage the siding is important. But, ridding the surface of mildew, mold, or any other harmful substance is necessary. Fresh paint can be an incubator for these things, so you need to be sure that the surface is cleaned well before you do anything.

2. Flatten, Fill, Fix

Removing bumps, smoothing surfaces, and repairing cracks is an important preparatory step. Before applying your beautiful paint and possibly primer, sealants and caulks, having a smooth surface on which to paint is the difference between a job well done and a paint job that quite possibly turn heads. And that’s saying something as far as paint jobs go.

3. Choose Wisely Your Paint, My Friend

When it comes to painting exteriors, oil paint is not the direction you want to head in. Unfortunately if the paint currently on the surface is oil based, then you are going to have to continue on down the oily road. But if not, then it is best to shoot for a latex paint since they are easier to work with and is easily cleaned and maintained. When browsing for paint, make sure to ask about durability and resistance to fading or cracking. You want this to last for a while.

4. The Actual Action of Painting Depends on the Surface

Say you are painting brick-a hard task no doubt, and good for you for going after it-but you need to come at it with a different approach. Cleaning it up is going to be different that traditional wood siding, and then you need to repair the trim with caulk. Plus, brick takes longer to dry after washing, so you need to have a few more days to work on the project. And for brick outdoors, actually applying the paint is best done with a paint sprayer, although those can be tricky to use and generally far more costly than using a traditional big old roller. In general, look into exactly what approach is best for your specific kind of surface, but then customize it to fit your individual project. Every single project has its own challenges.

We hope you found these helpful, and if you ever need more information about any of your painting needs, feel free to reach out to us, or browse further on our blog.

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