The Power of Preparation: Key Steps for a Successful Exterior Paint Job

A fresh coat of paint has the power to completely transform the exterior of any home, offering aesthetic appeal as well as protection. The key to an exceptional exterior paint job lies not only in your choice of paint colour but—crucially—in the steps you take to prepare for it. Proper prep ensures that your paint will adhere properly, look its best, and last as long as possible. Below we’ll provide some of our expert tips for a successful paint job that will stand the test of time.

1. Inspect your exterior: Before you begin, carefully inspect the exterior of your home. Look for signs of damage such as cracks, rot, mildew, or peeling paint. These problems need to be addressed as soon as possible and before your begin painting as they will have a negative impact on the quality of your paint job. Use our Ready Mixed Masonry Filler for fine cracks and holes. It’s easy to use and ideal for outdoor repairs to brick, render, stone and most other building materials prior to painting.

2. Clean the surface of your exterior: Over time, exteriors accumulate dirt, dust, and grime, which can interfere with paint adhesion. A clean surface is crucial in order to ensure the paint adheres correctly. You can use a pressure washer to do this, or clean the walls thoroughly with water and a mild detergent. Now is also the time to remove organic growth such as mould or mildew, and Sandtex’s Fungicidal Wash can help with this. This is also when you’ll want to remove any obviously peeling paint or deal with other problem areas. Our range of prep products provide everything you need for preparing your walls for painting, and keeping them in top shape.

3. Caulk and Seal: Before you start painting, it’s important to seal any gaps or cracks with a reliable caulk to prevent moisture from penetrating beneath the new paint, which can lead to peeling and rot. Focus on areas around doors, windows, and trim, as these are common entry points for water.

4. Prime your walls: Priming is an often overlooked but critical step in the painting process. A quality primer will seal the surface, provide a uniform base for your paint, and enhance the paint’s durability and adherence. Choose a primer that is compatible with your paint type and the material of your home’s exterior. The experts at your local Sandtex are ready to help you get everything you need! For areas that have been repaired or where raw wood is exposed, priming is especially important to ensure even coverage and protection.

5. Make sure to choose the right paint and tools: A perfectly prepped exterior deserves only the very best paint—and selecting high-quality paint and the right tools will make all the difference when it comes to the finish and longevity of your paint job. Choose a paint that’s specifically designed for exterior use with properties suitable for your climate, such as UV resistance or moisture resistance. Sandtex’s range of Masonry Paint and Wood & Metal Paints are specially formulated to keep your home protected from the elements and looking beautiful. Investing in quality brushes, rollers, and sprayers will also ensure a smooth application and professional-looking finish.

A successful exterior paint job is not just about painting; it’s about preparing. By following the steps above, your paint job will look fantastic and keep your exteriors shielded from the elements for years to come. For everything you need to get your exteriors properly prepped for your next big project, call into your local Sandtex stockist today!

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