Sanding, scraping, priming, caulking, cleaning, covering, and repeat!
All painting contractors have different methods to how they approach a job, but in the end the preparation process is identical. Pressure washing the exterior of your home is the first step but not always. Some homes have excessive peeling from the wood substrates. In this case, we scrape off the peeling areas to avoid too many paint chips flying off of the home. This also minimizes the chance of paint chips going onto your neighbors lawns and homes.
As you can see in the photo of this blog, Tony is pressure washing this porch floor from the years of mildew, dirt, and grime build up. Imagine painting over a surface such as this without the proper surface preparation. In this case, a good and thorough pressure wash will prepare this surface for a new decking coating or system.
The following scraping, sanding, and priming help promote adhesion to any exposed surfaces. When we say exposed surfaces, we mean the areas that have been exposed through the scraping process. The priming will not only help to seal the exposed surface, but also promote the adhesion of the new paint. Caulking is to help seal and exposed joints that can lead to water intrusions. With ship lap siding, there is no need to caulk the laps because the ship lap sides purpose is to prevent water from going into the joints.
Lastly, covering any surface that is not to be painted is the last step before the painting begins. Of course when the project is finished cleaning up all materials and trash is where the painting contractors job ends. You can be an awesome painter, but leaving a persons home with trash is not professional.
Some may say painting services is not difficult, however taking care of the details of the project and prepping the surface properly takes a certain amount of responsibility and care for the project.