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Surface

Proper surface preparation is the single most important step for achieving quality results in painting, especially when it comes to exterior applications. Preparation of the exterior surfaces includes the following:

  • Removal of old and damaged paint
    • Scraping
    • Wire Brushing
    • Sanding
    • Power Washing
    • Chemical Removal
  • Removal of mildew surfaces
    • Washing with a mild detergent, water and bleach solution if you have mold
  • Preparation and cleaning of the area
    • Covering the plants
    • Caulking cracks and crevices
  • Preparation of the glossy surfaces
    • Sanding with agrit paper
    • Removal of dust with a damp rag
  • Choosing the primer
    • Latex based primer
    • Oil based primer
    • A special primer for stain-blocking
  • Bare Wood
    • Removal of weathered gray colors from the surface
    • Thorough removal of dust
    • Sanding of the wood which was previously weathered
    • Priming with latex or oil based primers designed for exterior wood surfaces
  • Treated Lumber
    • Prior to painting the treated lumber must be made moisture-free through evaporation
    • Priming should be done immediately aftercleaning
  • Aluminum
    • Washing of aluminum siding with a mild detergent or pressure washing
    • Removal of white color oxidized areas with a scouring pad and water if necessary
    • Application of a specialized primer for bare aluminum surfaces
  • Iron, Steel, and Galvanized Metal
    • Removal of rust with a wire brush
    • Cleaning of the surface
    • Application of anticorrosion latex primers and special solvent based primers for metal surfaces
    • Make sure you specify the type of metal when you ask for a primer
  • Masonry
    • Removal of old paint and/or dirt, by sanding, scraping or pressure washing
    • Application of primer specifically designed for masonry surfaces