As a homeowner, applying a fresh coat of paint to your interior and exterior surfaces improves the property’s aesthetics and value. However, exterior paint is exposed to extreme conditions, such as high and low temperatures, UV rays, and other environmental hazards. This is why many residential and commercial buildings need exterior repainting sooner than indoor spaces. If you want to prolong your home’s outer coat, consult the professionals at Bay Valley Painting. We recommend the following strategies to delay your next exterior painting job.
Thorough Prep Work
The first step to every successful paint job is thorough preparation to enhance the durability of the paint. Check the surfaces for damage and repair or replace them before applying your paint coat. Industry experts recommend a smooth surface for enhanced durability, which means a lot of sandpapering is required. If it is a repainting job, scrap off all the loose paint, and use a patching compound to fill chips, dings, and holes. In addition, caulking the joints also helps improve the quality of the result.
Remove Dirt and Grime
Part of the prep work entails removing dirt and grime to improve cohesion with the surface. Besides dirt and grime, other types of residue that affect adhesion include mold and mildew, so thorough cleaning is essential in preparing a surface for painting. The best way to prepare your building is to hire a professional to pressure wash your exterior surfaces. Inexperienced individuals shouldn’t handle heavy-duty cleaning equipment to avoid damaging the siding and the extra repair costs.
Apply a Primer
Once the paint job is complete, we recommend applying a quality tinted primer similar to the finish. This goes a long way in ensuring you lay the foundation for a long-lasting, vibrant coat. Primer is often used to cover caulked or patched areas, upholding consistency and luster. Different types of primers are on the market, and it is essential to consult a professional to ensure you choose an ideal product for your project.
Use High-Quality Paint
While buying low-cost paint reduces the overall painting costs, skimping when buying paint for your exterior surfaces will cost you more in the long run. Additionally, some additives improve paint quality and durability. If your outdoor spaces are prone to dirt and grime, we recommend adding Dirt Repeal, a high-quality blend of protectants and resin. Additives should be added one coat at a time, which can be difficult for DIYers. A professional paint contractor can handle the project and add all the suitable additives to achieve the desired results.
Use the Appropriate Equipment
DIY painters should invest in the right equipment and tools to deliver exceptional exterior paint. Whether you want to purchase or hire painting equipment, it increases the overall cost and timeline of the project. The best option is to hire a professional to protect you from inefficiencies and costly repairs.
At Bay Valley Painting, we leverage state-of-the-art equipment to enhance the customer experience by providing unmatched painting services. Please schedule a consultation with our experts to learn more about strategies to extend the lifespan of your outdoor paint.