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  • Writer's pictureCameron Maltby

How to Prep a San Diego House for Exterior Painting

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

Before you paint your house's exterior, you need to take some time to prepare it properly. Preparing your home for exterior paint means removing any old paint, sanding surfaces, and scraping paint. These steps take up a good part of the painting process, so be sure to plan your prep work well. You also need to check for any possible lead paint.


Another thing to consider is the safety of your pets. When you're working with paint outside, you need to take care of your pets. If you have any, make sure you move them out of the way, and be careful to cover them with a tarp. You may need to replace the tarp a few times during the project, and you don't want them to get into the paint. Moreover, don't forget to protect any water features in your property from the paint.


The most important part of exterior painting in San Diego is the preparation. Scraping is the most common method, and it's used to remove large loose spots or areas that have raised. Depending on the type of paint you use, you may want to use a power sander or hand sander. Hand sanding is usually better for small surfaces, such as gutters and fluted columns. If you don't have these tools, you can call a handyman to come out and help you with these tasks. You can also hire an exterior painting contractor to help you with this process.


Before you begin painting your house's exterior, you should thoroughly wash it. You can rent a pressure washer or use a hose and scrub brush. These tools can help you get the job done quickly and efficiently. Pressure washers can also help you avoid spending money on cleaning additives. Simply use water and detergent to clean your house's exterior.


If you're painting the exterior of your home, take care to remove any ornamental shrubs or trees that may interfere with the painting. You don't want the branches of the bushes and trees to brush against the wall. To avoid this problem, you can use canvas drop cloths to cover shrubs and trees growing close to your house. Simply tie a rope at the trunk about halfway up the tree and pull the other end away from the house. This will prevent any paint drips from landing on those surfaces.


Before you begin painting the exterior of your house, make sure you have cleaned the windows and doors. Clean and remove any old paint that may have built up over time. You should also use caulk along the exterior surfaces. In addition to cleaning, you should also repair damaged trim and siding. You can also get a stain-blocking primer.


The best time to paint the outside of a house is during the fall, when the weather is cool. Otherwise, the paint may not cure properly, and you will risk the paint peeling. You should also have a protective buffer zone in place in case unexpected weather comes along.

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