If you’re hiring a professional painting contractor in Amador County, California, you might be wondering what happens during the painting process. Understanding the processes involved and their importance will help you appreciate the value of exterior painting.

If you have received a painting estimate from a painting contractor, it will probably have details of the prep process, the number of paint coats, and timelines, among other details. To help you understand exactly what goes into exterior painting, we break down the main processes involved in this article. Have a look:

Cleaning
Paint doesn’t stick well on dirty or dusty surfaces, and painting over any form of residue will cause the paint to peel and flake prematurely. The painter may choose to clean the surface by hand using a sponge and a bucket of water or using a pressure washer. The pressure washer works better and faster for most exterior jobs, and maybe be more efficient in removing dirt from within the cracks and crevices.

Repairing Damaged Surfaces
The painting contractor will typically walk around the entire perimeter of your house, taking note of damaged surfaces such as wood, metal, siding, masonry, or stucco. Any missing, damaged surfaces will need to be repaired and holes and cracks will be filled using an epoxy filler. Once dry, the surface will be sanded lightly using a medium-grit sanding block. Any rotten or damaged wood planks need to be replaced as well during the repainting process.

Paint Stripping and Sanding
If the surface has any form of paint failure such as paint peeling, cracking, flaking or bubbling, the failed loose paint will have to be stripped off and the surface sanded to a smooth finish before the next processes can take place. Paint stripping is especially important where the paint is already peeling off the surface.

Removing the old loose paint ensures that the previous failing paint doesn’t come off together with your newly applied coat of paint. Painting over failing paint often leads to paint peeling, striping and flaking within a short time. Sanding evens out the rough edges of old paint which might otherwise ruin your newly applied paint and also creates a smooth surface for better paint adhesion.

Caulking The Trim
If the house has any gaps between the walls and the trim around windows and doors, the contractor will have to fill in with the exterior caulk using a caulking gun. If the house has mixed materials such as siding and brick, the surfaces where different materials meet will probably need additional caulking.

Priming
Most exterior painting projects almost always require priming. Paint naturally doesn’t stick well to bare surfaces, and the primer helps to improve adhesion as well as creating a smoother even surface. If you have dark stubborn stains or if you’re transitioning from darker to lighter color shades, a primer will help block off the dark colors from showing through your new coat of paint. And by tinting the primer with a bit of the paint, you can improve the primer’s stain blocking ability as well as paint coverage.

The Bottom Line

The above is a quick run-through of the process of exterior painting prep face and what to expect. Once the prep work has been finished, the painter may apply 2-3 coats of paint depending on the nature of the paint job.

These are just the general processes, but the specific details might slightly differ depending on the size of the job, e.g. material of the siding, condition of the siding and so on. If you’re considering hiring a painting contractor in Amador County, California to handle your deck staining, Hines Painting Company can be of help. Just call us at 209-256-4587 to book a FREE estimate and we will take over everything from thereon.

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