Applying a new coat of paint to the exterior of an old home is a tedious but necessary job. To make sure that all the paint sticks and you don't have to leave a lot of imperfections that will ruin the visual impact of the new coat, a preliminary inspection is necessary. Before you either start with your paint job in earnest or hire a painting contractor, examine the outside of your home for these three defects:
Rough Edges On Your Wall's Corners
Since they're exposed to the elements on two sides instead of one, the corners that connect your home's walls are especially vulnerable to getting ground down. If you leave rough edges and abrasions on your wall corners, it'll be difficult to apply paint to the entirety of your wall without leaving untouched spots.
The two most valuable tools you can have when you want to grind down rough edges on your wall corners are sandpaper and an electric angle grinder. Which tool is best to use in your particular case depends on how large and deep the rough edges are. While only an electric grinder can properly deal with larger abnormalities on your wall corners, sandpaper is ideal for a more accurate job.
Overgrown Shrubs Around Your Home
Even if you cover all of the plants outside your home with plastic tarps or bags, overgrown branches on shrubs can still present a very serious problem. Long shrub branches will make it more difficult to reach some areas of your wall with paint. They'll also mercilessly scratch the new coat after it's been applied but before it's gotten an opportunity to dry.
It's not too difficult to buy a pair of clippers and cut all the long shrub branches around your home. As long as you diligently water your shrubs when there hasn't been any rain for a while, you won't endanger any of the plants unless you start clipping branches very near the roots.
Loose Splotches Of Dried Paint
Any clumps of dried paint from the old coat will have to be cleared out with a metal file or box cutter. To reduce the amount of time that either you or your contractor will have to work with open cans of paint, you might as well start with this task now.
If all goes well, the difference between your home's old coat of paint and its new one will be stunning. Don't endanger and elongate the painting process by failing to undertake at least a cursory inspection. To learn more, contact a company like B & P Painting Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.