Getting the Job Done
PAINTING THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME IS QUITE AN UNDERTAKING. MAKE SURE YOU’RE PROPERLY PREPARED.
Preparing an older home—like a Victorian—for new paint requires a little extra maintenance than new homes.
Before you do anything, be sure to get the current paint tested for lead. If your home does have lead paint, you’ll have to get an Epa-certified professional to deal with it before you can proceed to repainting.
Once you’re ready, be sure to test your chosen colors on a few parts of your house.
Pay attention to how the color looks at different times of the day; if it’s to your liking, proceed with preparation. Here are a few of our tips:
Give your house a good washing. By cleaning off the dirt and then waiting for the exterior to dry completely, you will keep your new paint looking fresh longer. • Remove loose paint. Like washing off dirt, scraping off old, loose paint will help the new paint stay better. Caulk any gaps. Do this between siding and trim, then prime, and you’re ready to paint.