A1A Painters:

Changing the color of the exterior of your home can give you a new look and make your home look more enjoyable. Our guide to how to paint an outside house lets you achieve a good quality finish.

There is no wonder that a fresh paint coat revives, preserves and strengthens the outside of a house.

Whether you decide to hire a pro or do it yourself, you often don’t want to paint your house–that’s why it’s essential to get right the first time.

Take these 9 important rules for house painting to ensure a beautiful and lasting result: 1. Choose quality materials When purchasing good quality materials, such as top-quality paint, first coats and caulking compounds, you should not skimp.

You get what you pay for, like most house paints–and the best ones are usually expensive.

A high-quality paint is essential because it lasts longer, flows and covers better than poor paint.

Another important consideration is to select a paint with a lifetime warranty on defects in the finish.

Hand washing walls photo with cloth 2. Prepare the walls Preparing your walls for a new paint coat is the most important step to make the job right.

Proper preparation will long-term save your time, money and health.

In paint to stick properly, it must be added to a smooth, dry surface that does not flatten or peel.

Before you start, wash off the surface of the walls. This is usually done with a scrub brush, warm water and a non-abrasive all-round purifier.

Before repainting, all paint should ideally be washed with sugar soap.

Sugar soap is a chemical cleaner that works together with a priming solution for efficient washing of the walls.

Depending on the current condition, considerable scraping and sanding may be required before you can start the process of painting.

Remove any loose scraper flaking paint followed by a sandpaper rub.

The idea is not to completely remove the paint from the walls, but to guarantee a smooth surface by removing all loose paint that may exist.

Continue the preparation process by using a putty knife to screen any potential cracks or gaps.

Allow the filler to dry and sand these areas back down. Brush the dirt, pinch the joints, and allow the caulk to dry before adding the foundation.

  1. Beware of the old plumbing paint While plumbed paint is not usually used in South Africa anymore-if you first repainted an older home, there is a chance that the existing paint can contain materials from plumbing and/or asbestos.

With the aging of the lead paint, it can chip or crumble into dust. Exposure to plumage dust or chips may cause serious health problems, such as lead poisoning, in particular when exposed to children or women who are pregnant.

You can purchase a lead test kit from your local hardware store, or you can hire a contractor to determine if any types of toxic materials are present in your home, like lead-based paint and asbestos fibres.

If the existing paint contains lead, it is important to be careful when preparing your walls.

Removing the lead-based paint can be hard because it can raise your and your loved ones ‘ risk of lead exposure and become a serious health threat. It should therefore be handled by professionals.

If this is not a financial option, make sure that your family stays a safe distance from the building until the process is completed.

In order to clean piping, protective clothing such as a pipe mask, goggles, weapons, and a reusable covering that runs through your shoes must be worn, so you don’t have direct contact with hazardous chemicals.

The plumbed paint must not be removed completely from the walls, especially if it is firmly intact. You must however avoid any chipped or flaked paintings, as the most harmful loose plumbed particles are.

Use a very soft chisel or medium-grained sandpaper to scrape the plumbed pieces. Do not use electric sanders or intense heat to clean plumbed paint.

Plumbing paint in good shape and still intact can be left on the walls and coated safely.

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