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Dos and Don’ts For Painting Your Home Exterior in Sheboygan, WI
If you’re looking to paint the exterior of your home, you are undoubtedly aware that it will be a lengthy and complicated process.
You also may understand that there are things you can do to improve the process such that it is easier and more cost-effective.
Conversely, there are things that, if you do them will drive up the cost of your project and possibly make it take considerably longer than it should.
With that being the case, let’s now look at the do’s and don’ts for painting your home exterior in Sheboygan, WI.
DO: Get Higher Quality Paint Over Whatever Is On Sale
One might think that paints that are used for exterior painting are just about all the same, and the only thing that changes is the price.
This is not at all the case — higher quality paint is different from lower quality paint in a number of ways.
One significant difference is that the higher quality paint tends to go fon more quickly than lower quality paint.
Another significant difference is that you will find that lower quality paint splatters more and, in general, will require more coats of paint, which will ultimately cost more than you may anticipate.
DON’T: Use Paint Chips Alone For Deciding What Color Paint You Want
When you go to a store that sells paint, you can get samples of the color in the form of paint chips that will show you what the paint looks like to some extent.
The problem with this is that it only shows you what the paint looks like on those small chips and does not reflect the reality of how the paint will look on your house.
The better way to approach finding out how the paint will look on your home is to get an actual small sample of the paint and to paint a small section of the exterior of your home with it and then see how the color looks under different light conditions — day, night, etc.
It may be a bit of an investment time-wise and in terms of getting the paint sample, but it is better than getting a color based on a paint chip and then ending up hating the color.
DO: Properly Clean The Exterior Walls Of Your Home Before Painting
The painting process involves one or two coats of paint as well as a coat of primer, and none of them should go on top of a layer of dirt, mildew, and moss that may be on the exterior of your home.
There are numerous ways that you can clean the exterior of your home, starting with the simple way of taking a hose and soapy water and just giving the exterior walls a good scrub going all the way to purchasing, renting, or hiring a power washer to clean the exterior of your home carefully.
The latter will take the least amount of time, but you have to be careful when using it (or make sure you get a good contractor to do it for you) as you can damage the exterior of your home with a power washer.
DON’T: Forget To Remove Loose Paint Before Painting
Loose paint from the old paint job can mess up your painting job before you even start it.
The best thing you can do is to scrape and sand loose and flaking paint from the exterior of your home before you begin the painting part of the exterior painting project.
By doing so, you will help to make sure that the paint will go on smoothly and look best when you are painting.