Maintaining your Exterior Paint Job

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    Blog posted on : 04-12-2021

    Maintaining your Exterior Paint Job

    Are you one of those people who is aware of the vitality of a good wall surface preparation but struggles to find the right way to maintain the exterior paint job. However, maintaining the exterior paint may mean different things to different people, the crux remains the same- to protect your exterior wall of the house from potential damaging factors. 

    When you get your house exterior painted, it goes through a procedure that is suitable for different paint areas such as plaster, wood or metal. So, while maintaining the same, it becomes vital to consider the surfaces and adopt a pertinent procedure. Using a wrong process or product can wind up your exterior paint job into a real mess.

    So, when you look for exterior or indoor painters near San Francisco, you must also insist on the issues that come with it rather than underestimating the importance of proper maintenance and paint surface preparation.

    To start with, every house owner should inspect their paint coating at least once a year to ensure there is building issue that is seeping into the walls after paint. However, for the paint maintenance novices who wish to keep their house in its best state and enhance the life of wall paint, there are some paint maintenance tips that can help ultimately save your time and money.

    1.Dealing with Mold and Mildew 

    Exterior paint, especially the one that withers over time tends to have the ability to carry and support the growth of mold and mildew. While mold often grows drywall and painted walls that have caught moisture or humidity, mildew is most likely to infest the northern, shaded and damp areas of the wall. 

    If in your maintenance inspection, you find mildew in the walls, this is what you or your contractor can do:

    1. Protect plants and grass
    2. Apply a 3:1 mixture of water: household bleach to the mildewed area plus a one-foot margin, using a brush or garden sprayer. 
    3. Wear eye and skin protection and a respirator. 

    Allow the mixture to remain on for 15 minutes or so. Rinse off or power wash the area thoroughly

    2.Dealing with Dirt and Chalk

    Airborne dirt can accumulate on paint and discolor it. Dirt can then become a fertile ground for and a source of food for mildew. Chalky pigment can be released from the paint film as it weathers, resulting in fading of colors and unsightly streaky rundown. Both dirt and chalk can be removed by scrubbing or power washing.

    1. Scrubbing is best done with a mild detergent and a scrub brush, followed by thorough rinsing. Don’t use harsh alkaline cleaners such as TSP, as these can reduce gloss of alkyd as well as of some latex paints
    2. Power washing is a quick way to put a shine on your house at a fraction of the cost of repainting. If power washing, use care to not lift paint or to damage the substrate. It is an aggressive cleaning method and should not be used more than 1-2 times per year

    3.Watch Out for Cracking and Peeling

    It is important to check for this condition of exterior paint and to catch failures early. This way you will minimize subsequent greater paint failures or make re-paints, if these are desired, less expensive. Examine the paint coating closely for cracking and peeling, and repair immediately.

    1. Check for open joints around doors, windows and trim; fill with good quality caulking compounds
    2. Peeling often start on caps, window sills and surfaces painted in darker colors; scrape and sand off the loose material, spot prime then touch up

    If you need bay area painting contractors to help you with your exterior paint job maintenance, SF House Painters are the best to serve all your house painting needs. We have professional team that offer affordable painting services including interior & exterior house painting along with minor painting services.