House Painting Tips

ImageEven though it is a major job to paint the entire outside of your East Bay home, it may not necessarily need an entire paint job. You can brighten up the appearance of your house and even extend the life of a complete paint job. How?   

First, you need to clean and prep the area you are going to paint. Next, you need to decide the type of paint you are going to use. Finally, apply the paint. A great time to paint is during late spring or early fall, on a dry day with not too much sun. You should inspect your home very thoroughly before painting. Here are some tips on dealing with different paint problems.

The cause of peeling paint is often due to painting over wet wood. If you can’t control the moisture, you should definitely use latex primer and latex paint. Dirty or glossy surfaces are another cause of peeling paint. In order to undo the damage, you need to loosen up all paint flakes. They should be scraped off with a wire brush, then sand the surface to smooth the sharp edges. Any bare spot should be primed before you start painting.

“Alligatoring” is when your surface looks like the alligator hides. Paint will shrink into individual islands, exposing the previous surface. Sometimes the paints might not be compatible. Other times, the second coat was applied before the first coat dried. You will need to scrape off the old paint, sand, prime and repaint the surface to get rid of the “alligatoring”.

Moisture and improper painting of your Danville home can cause the paint to rise from the surface and form blisters. To fix this, you will need to first scrape off the blisters. If there is dry wood behind the blisters, the blistering is due to moisture. After scraping off the blisters, if you see paint, then it is caused by painting with an oil base or alkyd-base coating in hot weather. The solvent is trapped in a bubble from the heat. 

 A series of slack, skin-like droops is caused by new paint that runs and sags. This happens when you are using a paint that is too thick and forms a surface film over the liquid paint below. Painting in cold weather can make the cold surface dry slow. To fix this, you will need to sand the wrinkled areas out smooth and remove the paint. Make sure the new paint has the right consistency and brush it out as you apply it when recoating. 

 If there is dampness and shade, you will get a moldy growth appearing on your Alamo home. If you paint over this, it will come right though the new paint. You should use either a commercial solution or chlorine bleach to kill the mildew before you paint.

Running Sags: Using paint brush incorrectly or too much paint on the brush will create a wavy surface. If this happens, after the paint is dry, sand and repaint the surface. Be sure to smooth out the new coat of paint to an even thickness.

If the paint has been tacky for a long time, this is a definite indication of an inferior paint. Applying poor quality paint too thick or on a very high humid day will cause it to stay tacky for a long, long time. Use good quality paint and you will see just how quickly it dries. 

When you are ready to buy or sell your home, call me. I have been a professional in the Real Estate business for the last 23 years. My qualifications include production of over $105 million in sales in the past 5 years. 


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