It’s Saturday morning and the whole weekend stretches before you. Your conscious begs you to tackle a do-it-yourself home improvement project. But, before you decide to dive in and paint your home’s exterior, weigh the pros and cons.
“Many homeowners don’t have a clue as to how complicated and time-consuming it can be to properly prepare and paint the outside of a house,” says Ron Rooker, owner of Ron’s Painting in Fort Myers, Fla. “This is not a spur-of-the-moment weekend project --- and it’s not a project that DIYers can tackle easily.”
Ron’s Painting, a Pro-X Certified Contractor™ with APV Engineered Coatings®, has been professionally painting the exterior homes in the Fort Myers/Sanibel Island area of Florida for more than 30 years. “Every geographic area has its own challenges,” says Rooker. “In Florida we have high humidity that leads to mildew and algae. Unless you’re specially trained to properly prepare an exterior surface and then select the right paint, a home painting job can be useless.”
18 Steps for Prep and Painting
On day one of a painting project, Rooker stresses the importance of properly cleaning and preparing the home’s exterior. Without these critical steps, a new paint job may not properly adhere to a home. For each project, the Ron’s Painting crew follows these steps:
Step 1 – Rinse all bushes and vegetation surrounding house with clean water.
Step 2 – Apply a mixture of chlorine and water to all parts of the home’s exterior to kill mildew, staying away from vegetation.
Step 3 – Pressure clean the home to remove the chlorine, taking special care not to damage any wood areas, gutters or window frames.
Step 4 – Hand spray chlorine on foundation and work to remove stubborn mildew and stained areas.
Step 5 – Rinse the entire house (including windows, vegetation and all exposed areas) with fresh water. Let dry overnight.
Preparation continues on the second day of work as the team methodically completes the following steps:
Step 6 – Securely cover all windows, doors, screens and aluminum surfaces that will not be painted.
Step 7 – Affix drop cloths near edges of home and tape to floors.
Step 8 – Cover vegetation with drop cloths.
Step 9 – When preparing to paint over stucco, determine if house surface is chalky to the touch.