As spring approaches, you may be feeling an added urge to give your home a makeover. One of the best ways to transform a drab exterior is to paint. What You Need to Do Before Painting Your Home is very important. While picking a new color and imagining how your home will transform is exciting, make sure that you take all the proper steps to ensure your paint job will last.

What You Need to Do Before Painting Your Home: Pressure Wash Your Home

One of the first steps that you should take when it comes to prepping your home to be repainted is pressure washing the exterior. Pressure washing allows you to wash over every side of the house and get all residue off that surface. Because this type of washing is powerful and consequentially effective, it’s also important that you properly prep your home beforehand.

Make sure that you remove any decorative plants around the home exterior because they could get knocked down. You should also seal the areas around doors and windows to make sure water does not get into your home. 

Remove the Old Paint

After you’ve washed away dust and grime from the surface that you want to paint, make sure that you remove any old paint. Removing old paint is essential to ensure that your new paint color won’t peel and will last for longer. While it may be tempting to simply paint over old paint because some surfaces do fine without paint stripping, most home exteriors will suffer if you don’t. When you strip paint, you ensure that the paint and primer will bond directly with the surface, locking in the color.

What You Need to Do Before Painting Your Home: Prime First

Once you’ve cleaned and prepped the surface that you’re going to paint, you must prime the area before you put your final color on. It may seem easy to skip this step if you’ve already removed the old paint and seemingly have a fresh surface. But priming ensures that your color will go on evenly and will properly adhere to the surface. 

Without priming, your paint could peel quicker. It may also appear a slightly different color than you had originally intended because the color beneath the paint may come through. Additionally, without priming, you might find that it goes on unevenly making some areas darker than others.

Repainting your home is a big project. With so many steps, it can seem tempting to brush over something, but you shouldn’t. Start with these suggestions and then do your research to figure out if there is anything else you should do to ensure your paint job is successful.

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