Exterior paint is especially important, not only because a new coat of paint can make your exterior look like new again, but it also needs to protect against the damaging effects of the sun, weather and normal wear and tear. Next Gen Painting uses the best prep and painting methods as well as high quality products to ensure that our customers receive a long lasting paint job. A breakdown of prep and painting is discussed below.
Exterior Prep Work
Prep work is the single most important aspect of the paint job and, unfortunately, it is the most often neglected aspect by painting contractors because of the amount of time and effort it takes to prep correctly. Next Gen Painting takes prep work very seriously which is why we can offer a standard 5 year and optional 8 year warranty* on all of our jobs. Below is a list of some common types of exterior prep work which your home may be in need:
Pressure Washing – A thorough washing is often neglected, however, it is one of the most important steps. Pressure washing not only removes surface debris from the painting surface but it also uncovers hidden damage by applying additional pressure to rotting wood and failing paint.
Drying – Allowing the moisture to dry completely prior to painting is another important issue that can be neglected in order to save time. Failing to allow the moisture to dry can cause numerous issues including bubbling, premature peeling and mold growth.
Scraping and Sanding – Scraping and sanding go hand in hand and are the most common type of prep painters see. All peeling, blistering or flaking paint must be completely removed and any rough edges must be fully sanded prior to applying any coating. This ensures proper adhesion of the primer and paint to the underlying materials.
Priming – There are a variety of primers we use depending on the condition and type of material being painted. Any bare surface and even some painted surfaces should be fully primed with a high-grade primer tailored to your specific application in order to achieve maximum adhesion of the paint.
Caulking – Any cracks large enough for water to enter the underlying material should be filled with a quality, acrylic latex-based caulking which will allow the caulk to flex with the home as it continues to shift and settle.
Stucco Patch– Any failing stucco should be patched with a high quality stucco patching compound in order to prevent further water intrusion and stucco failure.
Filling – A putty or filler is used to fill large cracks and small to medium areas of wood or metal that have failed in order to reinforce the damaged areas and provide a uniform surface for priming and painting.
Replacement – Significant wood damage may require all or some of the area to be removed, replaced and blended into the existing material in order to avoid future problems.
Rust Treatment – Any visible rust should be scraped, sanded, cleaned and then treated with a chemical rust treatment which turns rust into a paint-able surface.
Microbial Growth Treatment – Mold, Mildew and other microbes can damage your home and cause potential health hazards. If not removed, these organisms can continue to grown under a new coat of paint and cause the new paint to fail.
*Please call for warranty details.
Choosing a Type of Paint
Oil-based, Water-based. Eggshell, Flat, Low-sheen, Semi-gloss. Acrylic, Latex, Low-VOC. There are many different kinds of paint to choose from regardless of which brand you decide to use. The ability to choose the correct type of paint is an underrated skill for painting contractors. It is important that the contractor that you hire uses high quality paint and materials for your needs because choosing the wrong type of paint, primer or prep materials could reduce the life of the paint by more than half!
The location of the surface being painted, amount of traffic it will see, the type of material, and the look you are trying to achieve all play a role in the type of paint you choose. At Next Gen Painting, we work closely with the homeowner and our expert paint vendors to choose the best type of paint for each unique application.
Choosing a Color
Choosing a color can be an overwhelming process. Next Gen Painting can help! Give us a call to discuss.