It is not as easy as it looks, but one task that pretty much anyone can do on their house is painting. When the household has not been painted in awhile, you know that a painting project can be a challenge. For those who come up with the time to do it, you can save a great deal of money. You’ll want to bring in help to do the job for you, if you want to take off from your job to do it.
Paint doesn’t last forever, and eventually it will begin to peel and look horrible. At these times roughly all you will be able to do is to get a paint scraper and scrape as much of the paint off as you can. If your home is very old, it is possible that you may have numerous coats of paint underneath. This can be a more difficult job if your previous paint was an oil-based paint. Once the peeling paint has been stripped off, you need to plug any holes in the wood with putty or spackle parts of your drywall and sand it down as best you can. After you have completed this task, clean off the dust and let it dry. It is best to wait approximately 24 hours to totally dry.
Among the bigger complications with older homes is from moisture build-up. Paint will begin to crack when you’ve got condensation or leaks. This occurs typically in a bathroom, and in most cases, you will find mold or mildew at the same time. Even if this is typically a bathroom problem, it can happen in other parts of the house. If you have a leak or bushes that are too close to your house, you will have paint cracks. If the paint is cracking caused by dampness, then you need to find a different option. Because you will probably have mildew, and if it is on the inside, you will need a solution consisting of one part bleach and three parts water. If it’s on the external part of the house, you just wash it with a pressure washer and the solution that comes with it.
Another problem that requires a painter, is when the color is fading, which normally happens on the exterior. This typically develops outside when you have direct sun almost daily. To avoid this problem, stay away from bright colors, or bold ones, similar to red. If you want colors that feature prominently, try ones that are golden or with a ruddy tone.
It is best to attempt to keep your home appearing fresh and new. It’s good to keep it painted every few years, and quickly fix any leaks to get rid of the moisture.