No house improvement job can revitalize, protect, and improve the visual aesthetics of a Myrtle Beach home as rapidly, efficiently and cost effectively as applying exterior paint. Adding a new layer of paint can totally transform your home. Even though the task may be cumbersome, it is a project that you can complete in a week or two.
If you seek out the expertise of a professional painter in South Carolina, expect to pay from $1,000 to $4,500 or more. The price will most likely depend on the condition and the size of your house. You can also cut on the labor costs by more than half if you decide to take on the job yourself. However, you should expect to put in some serious effort.
Whether you employ a professional or take on the task yourself, painting your home is something you will not wish to do again after only a couple of years. With this in mind, below are 10 important rules that can help pare down the intensive work and guarantee a beautiful, long lasting outcome.
Guidelines When Applying Exterior Paint
1. Do not go for cheap products. Purchase high-quality paint, caulking compound, and primer. High-quality paints are more resilient, and flow as well as cover much better than substandard ones. It is also recommended to buy paint that comes with a lifetime service warranty against flaws in the finish.
In most cases, you obtain exactly what you pay for. It means that paints with the most effective ingredients are pricey. High-grade exterior paint normally sets you back for up to $40 each gallon. Some paint variations even cost as much as $70. Do not forget to choose 100 percent acrylic paint.
Top-performing exterior paint brands include Clark + Kensington and Behr Premium Ultra exterior paint, setting you back between $35 and $40 each gallon. Meanwhile, there are other costlier exterior pains like Benjamin Moore Aura, which costs at about $68 per gallon.
When it comes to the siding, flat finishes are common preferred because they do a good job of hiding defects and irregularities. On the other hand, semi-gloss and satin enamels are ideal for trim due to their durability and easy maintenance.
2. Do the necessary preparation. For paint to adhere well, it must be related to a tidy and dry surface area that is not flaking or peeling. You may also need to do some considerable scraping and sanding before the application of the exterior paint. However, this will depend on the condition of the current siding and trim.
Begin by cleaning the surface areas. Use a hosepipe, scrub brush, water, and detergent. Another great alternative is pressure washing. However, you need to make sure that you avoid driving the water deep into the joints siding. You should also make sure that you do not erode the wood’s surface when using the high-pressure water spray.
You need to use a scrape to get rid of loose and flaking paint. You also require a random-orbit sander when removing harder paint and smoothing the surface area. It is also recommended to start with a 60-grit sandpaper and then use a 100-grit sandpaper.
The idea here is not to get rid of all the paint but to get rid of the loose paint and level out the surface. Use a putty blade and wood filler to fill cracks and openings. Let the filler dry, and then sand these locations again. Brush off all of the dirt, caulk the joints, and leave the caulk to dry out completely before applying the primer.
3. Be cautious of lead paint. Although today’s house paints do not include lead, old paint applied prior to 1978 is likely to have lead. The U.S. EPA or Environmental Protection Agency cautions people from any home improvement task that involves lead paint. It could produce chips or dusts containing lead that could endanger the health of both kids and adults.
For lead testing and removal, the EPA advises you get in touch with regional lead-safe accredited renovation contractors. You can find them through the EPA’s site.
4. Avoid skimping on coats of paint. For your base coat, begin with a top notch oil-alkyd primer if you’re painting over bare wood or steel. Tinting the primer toward the final paint color is a common practice for some painters because it can help reduce the need for two finishes. Others like to tint the primer to a contrasting shade, which will certainly highlight any area where the last coats failed to cover completely.
Apply the initial finish coat and then put on the second top coat once first coast becomes tacky.
5. Use the right equipment. An excellent brush, roller and, for certain houses, an airless sprayer could be rented out. You can find them at tool rental outlets and home improvement shops. The most convenient method when applying primer and paint to textured surface areas is to use an airless sprayer and guarantee adhesion by back-rolling it manually.
If it is your first time to use an airless sprayer, pay attention to the tool’s directions and obtain some experience by painting a less-conspicuous side of your home. Use a 5-gallon paint container and a paint strainer to prevent the paint from clogging the sprayer.
6. Be sensible. Don’t paint your house on your own unless you have the time, equipment, stamina and skills to get the job done. Based on the height and size of your house, along with the state of the current siding, making the needed preparations and painting the house by yourself can be a difficult and tedious work.
7. Work during temperate weather. It is not ideal to paint on hot days, in the rain, or throughout windy or dusty climate. The best temperatures for painting range between 50 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat and direct sunlight can cause the paint to dry quickly. Always follow the shade whenever possible. Temperatures below 50 degrees can prevent the paint from sticking to the surface properly. Meanwhile, dew and dampness could create bubbles on the surface areas.
8. Cover and protect everything else. Your decks, hedges, gardens, patios and pathways should be covered with ground cloth or plastic bed linen to protect them from paint spills and splatters. This will help you avoid huge cleaning problems later on. Using masks and covers are also required if you are working with an airless paint sprayer.
9. Use proven methods. If you’re an amateur painter, it is important for you to do your research. You will find countless free information online, including instructional videos made by professional painters.
Work from top to bottom. Start with overhangs so fresh paint won’t trickle on recently painted surface areas. Repaint the home siding, and when that’s completely dry, tape around doors and windows, and paint the trim. Once you’re done, take off the painter’s tape to avoid leaving residues. Don’t forget to address areas where paint hasn’t covered fully especially after the paint has dried completely.
10. If you hire a Myrtle Beach professional painter, be sure to obtain bids and referrals. Ask for detailed quotes from at least 3 painting specialists. You should also request for the names and contact numbers of some of their former clients. Call 2 or 3 clients on the list and if possible, visit their the homes so you can gauge the craftsmanship of the painter and confirm that the client was indeed satisfied with the service they received.
If you are looking for a reliable professional who can handle your exterior painting project, do not hesitate to get in touch with Myrtle Beach Painter.
MBHS Painting Services
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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