Southern Painting Sure Exterior Painting
There are a number of steps required to ensure a quality exterior paint job on your home. Many people watch the “do-it-yourself” shows for home improvement projects but do not realize that using the wrong products can seriously damage their home or that problems can result when trying to paint without proper preparation or tools. When working with the painting contractors at Southern Painting, you can expect our Five-Step Exterior Process to give your home the protection it deserves.
All buildings will have layers of dirt, mildew, algae and/or cobwebs that require removal prior to the application of any products. Power washing is one of the most important steps in preparing the home for exterior painting and is crucial in ensuring that paint will adhere properly. Our skilled professionals treat the home with a dilute bleach and water or TSP solution to help kill mold and mildew. We power wash with the right cleaners and nozzles for the job, then allow the time necessary for surfaces to dry properly. Southern Painting will never power wash and paint in the same day.
Scraping & Minor Wood Repair
Loose paint must be removed after power washing so that the paint adheres correctly and will last longer. We do this the old fashioned way by scraping by hand with knives and wire brushes to remove peeling, bubbled or loose paint to ensure a smooth, tight surface for painting. Loose boards are nailed down and our experienced crew can handle most repairs. At Southern Painting, we will always clean up the mess when we are done too!
With the preparation work complete, your building will have a tight, clean surface ready for priming. Our painting contractors treat all exposed surfaces with premium oil and bonding primers that seal the surface and provide a sound foundation for proper adhesion of the new finish coats products. Bare wood, metal surfaces, water stains, rust and new carpentry are spot primed. Plywood surfaces will be primed with specialty primer that bridges most of the weather cracking that is typical of that material. Under certain conditions (substantial new or weathered wood) our painting contractors may recommend a full coat of primer.
We caulk seams, joints, cracks, nail holes and major wood joints. Any loose glazing is removed and replaced in order to ensure a tight seal and reduce air leaks or moisture entry points in vulnerable areas. We use 40-year rated siliconized latex caulk on all exterior entrances, structural joints and wood windows.
Painting or Staining
Color samples are recommended to ensure that you will like the colors on your home. Our painting contractors carry 4” x 4” samples and can get 8.5” x 11” versions on request. Southern Painting uses only premium paints and stains from Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Kelly Moore, Bher and more. You may also access tools to help choose your colors from our Paints and Colors page, but please be aware that colors displayed on your computer screen will almost certainly be different from the actual colors. Any approvals for color changes required by Homeowners Associations are the responsibility of the homeowner. The range of options in painting or staining, the intended use, and some pros and cons of each treatment will be explained at the time of your estimate.