Five Easy Steps to an Eye-Catching Exterior

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Pressure Washing

This will remove most of the built up dirt, grime and bugs. Plus, paint adheres much better to a clean surface. Always remember to work from top to bottom when pressure washing.

Prep

Prep work is always key to a great finish . Once you've got it clean; it's time for caulk, putty and prime. Use caulk and putty to fill cracks and nail holes for a much more solid and finished look. Last but not least step for exterior painting prep work would be priming. I't important to scrape away any loose or chipping paint and to prime not only those areas but all raw wood. It's important to seal that wood with a coat of primer and also provides a better surface for the paint to adhere.

Summer time is here and it's an excellent time to get that exterior painting done and looking great before your next pool party or BBQ.

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cover

Use drops! Covering the ground where you're painting guarantees there'll be no messy paint spots left behind. Bushes, grassy areas and landscaping should always get covered. Another good idea is to use paper and tape. Cover the lights, windows and electrical boxes. Remember the idea is that if it's covered it can't get paint on it. In the end this saves time and ensures a crisp, clean look.

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Painting

Now your ready to get some paint on the walls. A brush and a roller will work for most jobs. A good tip though is roll large complete areas at a time. Here the window provides a good cut off point to stop. Painting from the door to the window bay as one area will make sure the finish is even and sheen looks great. Use an exterior paint brush to follow behind and paint whats left behind.

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Clean-up

The painting is done but the job still needs a little oomph to upgrade from nice to eye-catching. Taking some time to do another pass with a brush is a good way to make sure all the corners are painted and lines are straight. A quick window wash and that new paint job is sure to pop.

It's that easy! Five steps and you'll have that eye-catching exterior paint job. These last photos are the before and after of the house used in the above examples. Pure Painting saved this faded, old paint job with not only a look that's sure to collect compliments but also a fresh coat of paint to help protect the house underneath!

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home exterior
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