We have many home owners asking us do it yourself questions with regard to painting. Believe it or not there are lots of people who like the challenge of doing something new. We have many homeowners who contact us about how to paint their home. Our advice typically focuses on asking lots of different questions before we give tips on how to paint your home.
Some of the questions we ask focus on the knowledge and skill of the homeowner:
How experienced are you with painting?
What kind of tools have you used in the past to paint?
What have you done with regards to preparing a surface for painting?
What do you know about priming?
What do you know about different types of paint?
How long are you expecting the project to last?
What the resources you have to paint your home?
Will you be able to give a professional look to the finished project?
These are some of the questions we at Michigan Pure Painting Ann Arbor would be asking our homeowners to better help them get a feel for whether or not they would be good to have their homes painted by themselves.
Step 1: Analyze the situation
When you first start painting, it is important to assess your situation. When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, the homeowner needs to analyze their exterior to see if it is time to paint. Typically, you will know it is time to paint if your exterior is peeling or flaking paint off the exterior wall. If there is peeling, then you will know it is time to start addressing the problem. If it is left unattended, the paint will begin to flake off and thus exposing your home to the exterior elements of weather. Once your exterior is exposed, then it will put the wood in a place to be damaged. The more weather and rain exposure the wood has, the more work and repair will need to be done in the future.
Step 2: Painting Preparation
Once you realize it is time to paint, it is important that you begin to prepare the surface. At this moment, the paint has probably faded which leaves it with a very thin layer. It also may be peeling or cracking. With any of these painting problems, you will need to make sure the surface is prepared so that paint will attach to the wood. This means that you will need to spend time scraping off the paint. Typically, people will use scrapers. Sometimes, people will use pressure washers to take off the paint. Either way, it is important that you get the surface clean and smooth so that the paint will stick.
Step 3: Prime the Exterior
In order to have the paint do its best work, then you need to be able to prime the wood of the house. The primer will attach to the wood and give a solid finish for the paint to attach to. You can find primer at many of the local paint stores or do it yourself stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
Step 4: Begin Painting Your Home
It is at this moment that you are ready to paint your home. To find the paint you would need to go to a paint store to work through the type of paint you would need. They will also be able to help you think through the color that you would need. Sometimes they have color consultation experts on site that can better help you figure out what you need.
Hopefully, this has been a helpful article to better help you think through how you can choose to paint your home. If you are a do it yourself person, you could definitely do this. However, you need to know what you are getting into.