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Scholars Edge Painting recognizes that repairing and priming your home’s exterior before painting is critical to achieving the desired smooth and durable finish. Below is a list of Scholars Edge Painting’s top 5 tips for preparing the exterior of your home for painting:

Tip #1: Inspect the Exterior

Inspect your home’s exterior for any signs of damage, such as cracks, holes, peeling paint, or wood rot. Note areas that need attention and make a plan for repairs. This initial inspection will help you identify the scope of work required and ensure that you address all problem areas before starting the painting process.

Tip #2: Clean the Surface

Use a pressure washer or a hose with a high-pressure nozzle to clean the exterior surface thoroughly. This step removes dirt, dust, mildew, and other contaminants and sets the stage for a smooth and long-lasting finish. A clean surface is essential for the paint to adhere properly, ensuring a beautiful home exterior.

Tip #3: Repair Damaged Areas

Scrape away any loose or peeling paint using a scraper or wire brush. Fill in cracks, holes, and gaps with caulk or wood filler, smoothing the surface with a putty knife. If you encounter rotted or damaged wood, replace it with new boards and prime the bare wood before painting. This repair process ensures a solid foundation for your paint job, giving you the confidence that your home will look its best.

Tip #4: Sand and Smooth Surfaces

Use sandpaper to smooth rough areas and remove any remaining paint residue. Pay special attention to areas where you’ve made repairs to ensure a uniform surface before painting. Sanding helps create a smooth base for the primer and paint, which enhances the overall finish and durability of your paint job.

Tip #5: Prime the Surface

Using a brush or roller, apply a coat of primer to the entire exterior surface. Use a primer suitable for the surface material (e.g., wood, masonry, metal)—work in small sections, applying the primer evenly and covering all areas thoroughly. Allow the primer to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This step ensures the paint adheres properly and provides a smooth finish, setting the stage for a successful painting project.

Now that the surface is repaired and primed, you’re ready to paint! When choosing a high-quality exterior paint, consider factors such as the climate in your area, the type of surface you’re painting, and the desired colour. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application to ensure a beautiful, long-lasting finish. Scholars Edge Painting recommends this approach to achieve a successful painting project that enhances your home’s curb appeal and durability.


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