Have you tried painting the exteriors of your home by yourself? It’s a fun experience, right? Being able to paint and give your home some breathe of new life, without spending some bucks on the costly painting services offered by various painting companies in Singapore. But in all honesty, the product of your “fun” experience might not be that appealing anymore after a year or two. Don’t worry though, you’re not the only who got to experience enduring the sight of paints peeling off, revealing the ugly plasters of your wall’s exteriors.
Similar to interior painting, exterior paint jobs are very tricky and involves a number of preparations and procedures needed to do to achieve a professional-looking exterior finish. To help you get your own beautiful exterior finish, here are some tips and tricks that we managed to dig up from various Singapore painting services providers.
1. Proper paint preparation will definitely pay off
One the most common causes of a failed home painting project stems from the failure to properly prepare the painting surface. You can simply call this taping off some aspects of your home, such as your windows because you simply don’t want to paint your windows or remove the loose paint before applying a new one. Either way, the time needed to prepare for the good painting services in Singapore should and could take as long time as the actual house painting itself. If it doesn’t take you that long to prepare, then you should already start considering getting some painting services before your end up having a paint job that could be the subject for your neighbors’ humorous – and insulting – puns.
2. Smooth out the edges of the old paint
After peeling away the old paint, do use a sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges left by the previous layers of paint. This will help you ensure that your new paint gets to coat the surface evenly. But before you proceed removing the old coat of paint, make sure to wear some gloves because the friction brought by the sanding action could wear the skin on the tips of your fingers. You wouldn’t want to hurt your hands as you start out your project now, would you? Also, if you don’t plan on getting painting services, then do consider buying an electric sander because manually sanding the exterior surface of your house will not just tire your arms but will delay the paint job as well.
3. Properly prepare the weathered wood
Before proceeding with your home painting job, thoroughly sand your weathered wood then coat it with a good primer before applying a fresh coat of paint. Otherwise, the paint brushed to the bare wood surface would easily crack and fall off after a year or two.
4. Use good quality primer
Coating your exteriors with a good primer before applying some paint is a must-do for almost any type of exterior wooden surfaces that you want to paint. Primers help in making the paint color stick longer to the surface. Also, don’t hesitate to ask a professional if you’re quite confuse as to which primer you’ll use for a particular wood surface.
5. Ensure that there is no water seepage or leakage beneath the wood
This is one of the important things that you should check on – as suggested by the painting services providers in Singapore – since water leaks or seepage in woods could cause the paint to peel off. One way to prevent this is by carefully sealing the vulnerable areas of the wall’s or the wood’s surface to fully safeguard the paint layer. It is also a good idea to ask some help from professional painters to determine if your exteriors are structurally sound enough for a house painting job.
6. Apply paint at the appropriate spread rate
You might be tempted to pour on some thinner and skimp on your paint, but do remember that all paints perform optimally when they are applied with at their recommended spread rate. You don’t have to be liberal when applying your new paint coat but you don’t have to stint on your paint and cause a scarcity of paint, since this will expose your home to harmful elements.
With these surface preparation tips, it’s now all up to you whether or not you’ll practice these things before starting out with your exterior paint job. But surely, going with it will help you cheat both Father Time and Mother Nature, while providing support for your fresh coat of paint for the years to come.