Custom Painting Livermore – Residential Painting
When you buy a new home, you probably consider the financial responsibility you’ll have. But don’t forget the labor and time required with home ownership. To keep your home in shape with maintenance, Custom Painting in Livermore can help prevent wasting money to keep your home looking its best.
Painting a home can help transform it from so-so to awe-inspiring! Painting can also help increase your property value if you plan to sell your home. House painting is more than applying a new coat of paint; it requires some planning before you begin. When done right, the results are more than worth the effort you’ve used.
Make the time to prep the surfaces.
As a first step, it is crucial to prepare the surfaces for paint. Take time to wash, clean, repair, sand, and prime each surface you’ll be painting. Priming is optional but will help you achieve the results you want.
Why is preparing the surface necessary? It is the key to achieving a smooth and durable paint finish. If you fail to prep the walls, the paint may not adhere properly to the surface, making your paint job look unprofessional.
But prepping is more than getting the surface ready to paint. It also includes preparing the entire paint area. If you paint interior walls, you will want to move the furniture. Preparing also includes removing wall decor, light fixtures, curtains, doorknobs, or anything else that will slow down the paint job. Use canvas drop cloths on the floor and painter’s tape on the trim to protect paint drips.
It also helps to prepare the site if you paint the exteriors, including wood siding, stucco, brick, or concrete. Move your outdoor furniture, grill, and trash cans away from the work area: cover outlet boxes or fixtures with painter’s tape or drop cloths. Protect any shrubs or flowers close to the painting area with drop cloths to help them stay free of paint.
Choose the method for painting.
The three standard methods to paint a house are a paintbrush, roller, or sprayer. If you are doing the painting, choose the one you feel most comfortable using. Even though using a paintbrush and roller take more effort, you have more control. This control is essential, particularly in tight corners. Both methods will result in a long-lasting and good-quality finish.
Spraying may be quicker and easier when applying paint, but it can also be much more expensive. If you are inexperienced, you may use more paint, which drives up the cost. When you use a sprayer for exterior painting, you risk over-spraying if the wind carries the paint mist away from the surface instead of sticking to the surface you are trying to paint. If you prefer the results with a sprayer, consider hiring a professional. If you plan to paint, avoid using the sprayer if the weather is windy or humid. It would be best to wait for stable winds before you begin painting.
Painting the home’s interior.
If you paint your home’s interior, you will have the best results with a paintbrush and roller. Prepare the area you will be painting with painter’s tape, drop cloths, or coverings to keep paint drips off any surfaces you don’t want to be painted. Take time to clean the walls. If you find damage, be sure to repair it. Sand the fixed areas, caulk the joints and then prime the walls.
Use the brush to cut in around the doors, windows, trim, and baseboards. Then, use a good-quality paint roller to cover the large areas. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, and then apply a second coat.
Painting the home’s exterior.
Before painting the exterior of your home, wash the painted surfaces, and repair any damage found, caulk, and sand before you begin painting. Be sure to cover areas not to be painted, prime the surface, and then add two coats of paint.
Heat, moisture, and pollution can make the painted surface look dirty. Clean the house’s exterior if you find mildew or mold. You can use a mildewcide or bleach solution. You may also want to consider renting a power washer for any areas that aren’t cleaned using manual cleaning or a garden hose.
After you clean the surface, allow it to dry completely. Do any necessary repairs, including caulking and sanding; if you only deal with painted surfaces, prime any areas that need it. Then you can begin painting.
Reminder: The above steps are for painting on wood siding only. If you are painting a different surface, painting may vary. For example, if you are painting aluminum or vinyl siding, you may not need as many steps as painting wood siding.
Painting the interior and exterior surfaces can require a bit of work to get the “looks-like-brand-new” finish you want. Are you ready to spend two or three weekends preparing, cleaning, and painting, or would you prefer to use that time to relax and call the Custom Painting in Livermore contractors to do the work for you?