By: Matt Xhignesse, College Pro Franchisee
You can look at exterior house painting in a couple of ways – as a tedious chore that you dread, or as an opportunity to simultaneously get outside, get a good workout, and make your home look pretty good in the process. The latter perspective is how College Pro chooses to look at the painting business, and it has proven a successful philosophy on exterior work. College Pro Painters have a lot of valuable experience with different paint projects. Here are some helpful tips if you want to make your own painting experience fun, efficient, and, most of all, look good!
One aspect of the work that most student painters discover quickly is how key the preparation stage is to the whole process. If you’re delving into painting, you need to be ready to invest a good deal of time into preparing properly and thoroughly. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be scraping and puttying and sanding your whole house – that will take forever. When preparing, any student painters will tell you that you should focus on the key spots – look where the existing paint is chipping or peeling – that’s a spot to pull out the scraper. Approach the spot from every angle to ensure that you remove all the failing paint, as that will give you the best chance to stave off the paint failing again any time soon. If you scrape the whole wall or floor, you’ll take off perfectly good paint, which will let more moisture seep underneath and cause even more problems. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” After you finish a scraping spot from all angles, then sand it down nicely, and you’re halfway there.
Another tip that College Pro’s student painters use to help maximize efficiency encompasses the use of paint. Most people try to use every last drop of paint in their brush before dipping it back into the can. Unfortunately this means that you’ll be spreading thin, uneven streaks of paint all over your surface, and not getting full coverage. So the student painters we work with learn to keep re-loading that brush frequently! As you paint, use each side of the brush for one long, smooth stroke. Once you hear the hairs of the brush rubbing up against the wall (take a dry brush and sweep it against a wall – it’s that rough sound that you’ll hear), then you know that you need to flip your brush. Slow, long strokes will maximize your paint coverage and help give you a smooth surface. And don’t worry about waste: the primer or paint that you are using will always come out as you’re brushing, and your coat will be nice and even.
There are a plenty of ways that your painting experience is going to be diverse, fun and challenging. Hopefully these tips from the student painters at College Pro Painters can help make the process just a little easier for you. Happy painting!