29 Jul Why quality prep work is important with exterior painting
Often times in life you can find shortcuts to making something easier and quicker, but this is not the case when it comes to high quality exterior painting. There are some very important steps that must be followed in order to ensure proper adhesion of the paint to the surface being painted. It is almost never the paint film that is the problem or the cause of failure, but it is usually problems with the surface (or substrate) that creates issues. Scraping, sanding, priming and caulking are all vital steps in order to remove dirt, grease, loose paint, and to allow the paint to adhere to the surface. If this isn’t done adequately the paint will peel or flake prematurely, drastically reducing the longevity of the paint job.
Other Kansas City Painting companies may offer great deals that appear very attractive, but it is important that you are prepared to ask the right questions in order to ensure that your money is well spent on a good quality paint job. Is it worth spending a little extra money in order to make certain the prep work was done correctly? Always. A great paint job is worth the investment and will end up saving you money. Poor prep work or neglected prep work will always end up being more expensive in the long run. The exterior of your home takes a beating from the sun, rain, hail, snow, and wind and needs to be protected properly.
How to inspect the exterior of your home carefully before a paint brush ever touches it:
- Walk around your house and take careful note of any areas that need more prep work than others.
- Inspect for dirty areas, peeling or loose paint, and any wood rot around window sills, fascia board, and trim.
- Write down your observations and what steps might be needed to ensure they are treated properly.
You will be far more prepared than the average homeowner when you know and understand the extent of the prep work your home needs. Quality prep work will guarantee a long lasting paint job and help you get your money’s worth. If you aren’t sure it’s time to paint or move forward with new siding installation, you can consider filling in some of the wood rot on your own as shown below:
We at Neighborhood Painting consider ourselves the best painters in Kansas City and we have the experience and portfolio to back it up. We send out a team that does all of the prep work before the painting crew arrives. There are a few days in between where the homeowner has time to inspect the work before the painting is done. We then come in with our painting crew and complete the job.
If you are ready to keep your home looking bright and beautiful, give us a call today! We’re ready to give you a free, no obligation painting estimate now.