Exterior painting project

Proper Preparation for an Exterior Painting Project

Spring has sprung and now it’s time to spruce up the exterior of our buildings and homes with an exterior painting project. Whether the exterior painting project is for a commercial building or residential dwelling, nothing adds instant curb-appeal like a freshly painted building! However, before the paint cans are opened and the transformation begins, there are some important things to consider.

Preparation is Key

“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”, after all. A successful exterior painting project begins by first addressing any problem areas on the structure, then preparing the area so the painters can work efficiently.


A clean, smooth painting surface is the best surface to paint upon, just ask any professional painter! This is why any surface area that contains dirt or mildew on the business or home’s exterior will be power washed, or hand washed first. Next, areas that need a little more effort to become smooth and ready for paint should be addressed.

Peeling Paint

If washing the surface does not take care of any peeling paint, it must be sanded/wire brushed away. Once this is done, then the areas should be treated with a peel bonding primer. This helps the new coat of paint adhere to the surface in addition to leveling out the uneven surface where the paint was peeling.

Cracks | Seams | Holes

Cracks and seams must be filled with a siliconized latex caulk which has the durability of silicone but can be painted because it is a latex product. One product we highly recommend is Sherwin-Williams siliconized latex caulk. Holes should be fixed with the appropriate filler for the building’s exterior surface (e.g. wood, brick, stone, stucco).

Preparing the Area

After the surface preparation is completed, landscape elements (e.g. trees and shrubs) should be trimmed and/or secured with rope to allow for working space around the house.  Downspouts should also be removed if they are not being painted or if they are being painted a different color than the siding.

Any item that cannot be moved, but will not be painted should be protected with plastic masking film including:

  • Windows
  • Brick
  • Stone

Finally, any paved surfaces such as patios, sidewalks and/or driveways should be thoroughly covered with drop cloths for protection.

Follow these preparation steps and be assured the exterior painting project will be a success!

PaintPositive Knows All About Proper Preparation

PaintPositive paints to enhance your life, home, business and future. This is our passion. We care about the details. In fact, we leave things better than when we arrive!  We are a locally owned and operated business servicing Northeast Ohio including: Hudson, Fairlawn, Stow, Bath, Richfield, Copley. Your trust in PaintPositive is paramount in all we do, so contact us or call us at 330-860-4508 for a free estimate today!

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