Nothing enhances the curb appeal of your Los Angeles home like a new paint job. Proper preparation and painting of your exterior is the best way to increase your home's value and maintain your investment. Nothing extends the useful life span of a house more than a good exterior paint job.
Selecting and using beautiful exterior colors allows you to express your personal style and fit in with your neighborhood. Choosing the right colors is the first order of business when planning to paint. It is best to choose colors that are in harmony with the architecture of your house and neighborhood.
Dark colors make a house look smaller while light colors make the house look bigger. All Los Angeles Painting Company, Inc. 310-470-9218 can help you select the right colors for your home.
Many factors need to be taken into account when planning your exterior painting. Questions to ask include the following:
What is the condition of the house? Is it in good, fair, or poor condition? Is there wood rot? Is the house peeling? Is the house chalking? What is on the trim currently, water based enamel or oil based enamel?
What finishes do you want for your paint? Do you want flat, satin, semi-gloss or gloss for your surfaces? Most field colors are painted with flat paint. Most trim is painted in either satin or semi-gloss.
What surfaces get what colors? There are many parts of a house that can be painted in various colors. There can be many different surfaces on a house. Eaves, facia, stucco, wood siding, doors, windows, trim around windows and doors, hand railings, balusters, rain gutters, down spouts, thresholds, and ornamental trim work, each can be painted in assorted colors or painted within a defined color scheme.
Surface preparation for repainting exterior woodwork:
Repainting exterior woodwork, especially on jobs where the paint has been neglected, often involves major preparation and work. Houses built before 1978 should be tested to determine if they have any lead in the paint. Without testing, one must assume the house could have lead and therefore one must follow the EPA RRP lead rules.
Normal painting activities such as sanding and scraping can release lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint. These activities are proscribed by the April 22, 2008, EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. It requires all painting contractors and other firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be certified by EPA and that they use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers to follow lead-safe work practices.
Basically the EPA RRP rules state that contractors must use lead-safe work practices and follow these three simple procedures:
Contain the work area.
Clean up thoroughly.
Once the proper EPA RRP procedures are followed, preparation of the exterior surfaces may begin. Adhesion of the paint film to the wood or stucco surface and the quality and thickness of the existing paint film are factors to be considered when determining the work required to properly prepare a house for painting.
Chalking of paint is a normal weathering process. If the chalking is uniform and is not excessive, and if there is a solid bond between what remains on the old coating and the wood, removing loose dust and dirt by sanding, dusting and washing will usually be satisfactory for preparing the surface for painting.
Loose paint should be removed by scraping and sanding. When sanding peeling or loose paint, working with the grain and using the proper type and grit of sand paper is crucial. Extensive blistering, cracking and alligatoring of the paint film are among the most difficult of all defects to repair properly. Rough edges of material around bare spots should be leveled as best as possible by sanding. The wood will never be restored perfection. This is an important reason why homeowners shouldn't let their paint job get run down.
The the freshly sanded wood surface should be primed with a water based primer suitable for previously painted wood. An approved type of respirator should be worn to prevent inhaling the paint dust and dirt.
Some cracks and nail holes can be filled with the proper fill material. Many times a longer lasting paint job will be achieved by not using fill materials but by completely priming and painting the cracked area.
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