How to Prepare Your House for Painting

Have you ever taken a step back to look at the exterior of your house? You might find that your house has started to show some wear and tear. It could be time for a refreshing exterior coat of paint to reignite your home’s luster.

Here are some 3 simple steps to preparing your home for painting:

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Instructions for How to Prep Your House for Exterior Painting

Step 1: Wash

Wash the dirt and grime from the exterior of your house before you start priming or painting. This helps the primer and paint to adhere better and last longer. A simple wash with a hose, a pump sprayer and a scrub brush is usually enough. You can try using a power washer but it can cause damage to house wood siding and house trim if it is not used properly

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Step 2: Scrape &  Sand

Before you paint the exterior of your Toronto house, scrape off all bubbling or blistering paint and sand the area you want to paint.

Sanding helps to flatten out lumps and bumps. It gives your house a smooth, consistent surface – and it helps the paint stick better, so you’ll get a long-lasting finish.

Step 3: Caulk, Fill, Patch

Another way to give your house a smooth surface is by patching and filling holes. Before it gets too bad, repair damage that could get worse as time progresses.

Be sure to caulk and seal any windows or openings. This prevents air and water from leaking in, and heat from leaking out. You’ll save money on your heating and cooling with some preventative maintenance.

Exterior Painting Tips

  • Use good paint. When it comes to quality paint, you get what you pay for. Spending a bit more now can save you from applying a new coat sooner.

  • Buy or rent a sturdy ladder because you will be spending a lot of time on it.

  • Make sure to have a lot of sandpaper, scraper, putty and exterior grade caulk before you start the project.

  • Estimate the amount of paint you’ll need by multiplying the length of each wall by its height.

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