How to Prep My Home for Exterior Painting in Austin, Texas?

Door with different shades of paint by APlus in Austin,TxExterior home painting in Austin, Texas can be a tedious and timely process.  It is not as easy as slapping a new coat of paint on your home.  Diligent preparation before painting will not only make your home look great, but also will help keep the finish looking more beautiful, longer.  Here are some steps to ensure your  painting job goes as smoothly as possible

Power Wash the Exterior of Your Home

Before you start painting your home, be sure to power wash the exterior of your entire house.  The power washing will help remove the flaking paint, as well as help eliminate mold and other stains to ensure a proper paint job.  Let your home exterior dry completely before moving to the next steps.  In the heat of summer, the drying process could take a day or two, while in the colder winter months, it could take upwards of four to five days.

Scrape Off Any Remaining Loose Paint

Sometimes power washing may not remove all the loose paint on your home’s exterior.  After your house has completely dried, scrape away any flaking paint using a standard paint scraper.   If you skip this step, any flaking paint that is painted over with fresh paint will continue to flake.

Before picture showing old crumbling paint on wooden panelsCaulk Your Cracks

Fill voids and cracks between siding and trim seams with caulk, and then smooth out the seam with a damp rag or your finger.  These voids are often found between siding planks or around the trim.  It is essential to get a good seal on the siding and trim to prevent any water from leaking into your home.

after picture of wall painted by APlus in Austin, TxReplace Rotting or Damaged Wood

Wood rot can occur from excess moisture seeping into the siding or trim on your home, or even from insects like wood ants or termites.  Before painting, always repair damaged or rotted wood areas.  Painting over these areas will not fix the underlying issues.  Common areas for wood rot to occur is in the siding that is closest to the ground and on door or window trim.   Depending on the size of the damaged area, an experienced carpenter in Austin may be needed for the repair.

Apply Primer to Bare Wood

If any siding or trim needs to be replaced, be sure to prime the wood with a good quality primer, such as Kilz, before to painting.  This will seal the wood to create a moisture barrier between the house and the paint.

Man painting wall outside in Austin, TxTrim Trees & Nearby Plants Prior to Painting

To guarantee enough space to paint your home properly, trim any trees, bushes, and plants that are close to your home.  It will also help prevent paint from dripping onto your plants, keeping your job neater.  Consider using drop cloths to protect your bushes, flowerbeds, decks, lawns, and sidewalks from paint.

Contact Us for Exterior Painting Services in Austin

An average wood siding home in Austin, Texas should be repainted every 4 – 7 years, depending on the amount of sun exposure and wood damage.   As stated earlier, painting is a time-consuming process.  At A-Plus Air Conditioning & Home Solutions, we understand the importance of proper painting preparation and take pride in ensuring our painting projects are top-notch.  If you are looking for an exterior painter in Austin, Texas, please give us a call at 512-450-1980 to schedule your free home consultation.  Our skilled Austin Handyman and Carpenters can also repair any wood rot damage to your home, as well as much more!  Check out our website to learn more about our Home Remodeling, Fencing, Decking, Flooring and HVAC Repair or HVAC Installs services.