Exterior painting makes up for more than 60% of our residential painting projects. Being in sunny Southern California, we can paint throughout the year. We start booking exteriors as early as January and as late as November. We have even painted exteriors in December. Here are a few basic points of what you should expect when having the exterior of your home painted.
A typical exterior project can be completed in less than a week – most common, five working days. We normally start off the project by unloading equipment. We will need a “shop” area to store the necessary equipment. This is usually a 18×10 area, preferably a covered area in case of rain. Depending on the size of your home we can have up to 40′ ladders on your property. Some other basic equipment would be drop cloths, high power sanding machinery, spray equipment, brushes, rollers and other materials for your project.
We start off the project by moving all the decor and patio furniture away from the house. These items would be best to store away from the house temporary until the project is completed. If you have a lot plants growing near your home, consider having them trimmed back where the plot is not touching the surface being painted. After all items are moved and all windows are closed, we start to power wash the entire exterior. We then will start the necessary scraping and sanding.
All cracks or damaged stucco is patched with a cement base patching compound. We apply primer on all wood and sometimes even stucco depending on the coating. Any damaged fascia board or wood trim will get a elastomeric patching compound applied. This is applied by brush and looks like a new piece of wood when done right. We apply at least a 55 year caulking where needed. We mask all windows and other items that need protection with paper, tape, plastic and drop cloths.
After all the necessary preparations are completed, we typically start painting stucco and eaves depending on color placement. We apply two coats of paint using a high-powered spray machine. The second coat of finish we back-roll the surface. This is when one painter is rolling and another is using the roller to spread the paint. This assures the proper coverage and an even film. After all stucco and eaves are painted we brush all fascia and trim. Garage and all entry doors receive a semi gloss enamel. When completed all trash is thrown away and equipment removed from the property.
Enjoy your freshly painted home.