Peeling paint is unsightly and can mar the appearance of your property. Simply painting over the damaged areas wonâ€™t fix the problem, and youâ€™ll be left with even more of an eyesore. If youâ€™d like to correct this common issue, consider the tips below.
Wash the Area
Before you begin an exterior painting project, itâ€™s important to thoroughly wash the surface. You can achieve the desired results by using a power washer or a regular hose. After rinsing the surface, be sure to allow the area to dry before moving on to the next step.
Eliminate Loose Edges
While you may be tempted to move through the process as quickly as possible, itâ€™s best to take your time and handle peeling paint with care. Before you can begin priming and painting, youâ€™ll need to scrape away protruding chips with a hand scraper. This is often a tedious step, and requires quite a bit of patience. If youâ€™re short on time, itâ€™s best to reach out to a qualified team of painters.
Sand the Area
Once youâ€™ve successfully removed loose, peeling paint, follow up by sweeping away dust. AfterÂ completing this step, you may notice additional peeling. If this is the case, give the area another touch up with the paint scraper. Once the surface is free of sharp edges and debris, sand lightly to create the ideal canvas for priming. For most wooden exterior surfaces, we recommend using 60-grit sandpaper.
Fill In Gaps (If Necessary)
If youâ€™re painting a wooden exterior or wall, it may be necessary to apply caulk or oil-based spackling. Bondo productsÂ also work well for filling in cracks or gaps in the wood.
Itâ€™s crucial to apply high-quality primer before proceeding with a paint job. A coat of primer ensures better adhesion and can improve the longevity of the paint. For best results, use a reputable product such as the oil-based priming line by Benjamin Moore.
Finish With Your Favorite Paint
After applying primer, itâ€™s time to move on to the final step: painting with the color of your choice. Thereâ€™s a plethora of options available, so if youâ€™re not sure which product is best for your needs, donâ€™t hesitate to ask a store manager or get in touch with a painting contractor.
Correcting peeling paint is a big project, and often requires several hours of intensive work. Many homeowners are too busy to properly handle this endeavor, and if this is the case, itâ€™s best to enlist the help of seasoned professionals. Our team provides reliable results, and weâ€™ll work with you to make the vision for your home a reality. To arrange a free color consultation, please give us a call.
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