Time to Paint Your Tucson Home

Different Surfaces Different Paints

In my previous post, Correctly Prepping Your Tucson Home for Paint Does Affect the Price I shared with you the importance of have your Tucson home prepped correctly prior to paint. Okay, now that your home has been professionally prepped. We’re going to share the importance of understanding the next steps in having your Tucson home Professionally Painted.

Finally it’s Time to Paint!

Many Homeowners ask how we are going to apply the paint. This will vary depending on the application. After all the reason you’re painting the exterior of your Tucson home is to weather proof it. So, how the paint is applied is very important. Of course prior to painting your home we always cover or mask the areas that are not being painted to make sure they are protected.

Painting Stucco

If we are painting stucco we will employ a method called back rolling. This means we will spray the first coat heavier than usual and follow behind with a roller, this allows the nap of the roller to get the paint into all the angles of the stucco, we then follow behind again and spray a top coat. This method will ensure we get the required film thickness and that we are doing all we can to weather proof your home.

Painting Wood Surfaces

On the exterior of your home there can be various wood surfaces, first let’s discuss wood siding. We would employ the same basic technique on wood siding that we used on the stucco. We want build a heavy paint film to protect the wood from the beating it will take in the summer. Back rolling will help to do that.Since the eves of your home don’t get direct sunlight we can spray 2 even coats of paint to that surface and we have the protection we need.

Painting Wood Fascia in Tucson

Now let’s talk about the fascia (the wood that goes around your house along the roof line). The fascia takes such a beating with the Tucson summers and monsoons we definitely want to pay attention to how we apply the paint there. I believe 2 coats of paint at a minimum should be hand applied to the fascia. This allows the bristles of the brush or the nap of the roller to fill the texture of the wood with a heavy paint film helping to ensure the wood is protected from the elements.

This covers the different application methods that should be used for the different surface types on the exterior of your Tucson home. Next we will discuss paint and the importance of using the right paint for these applications.

Paint and Painting Procedures

Previously we discussed the correct way to have the exterior of your Tucson home prepped and the different application methods that should be employed on different surfaces. Now let’s talk paint.

How Many Coats of Paint do you need?

The number of coats of paint applied will affect the bottom line. Obviously 2 coats will last longer than 1. However it is important to remember if you want the Paint Manufacturer to stand behind their product you will need to have 2 coats applied. Since most people can’t tell how much paint has been applied with the naked eye, always ask your Pint Contractor how much surface is going to be painted and how much paint they are going to use and he came to that conclusion. This will ensure that your job is in line with the manufactures requirements and your warranty is valid.

What Kind of Paint Should I use?

There are various brands of paint; many Painting Contractors have their favorite as do I. The important thing to remember is that you want a premium quality acrylic paint. To have an acrylic paint is not enough, there many different quality acrylics. To my way of thinking, a good indication you’re getting a premium quality acrylic paint is if the manufacturer is willing to warrant the paint in writing for more than 2 years. The brand I primarily use and recommend has paints the warrant for 15 and 25 years. They also have 2 products with a lifetime warranty! This warranty is backed by one of the country’s largest Paint Manufactures. A solid nationwide company that passed the test of time!

There are many advantages of using a premium quality acrylic paint. Here are a few, acrylics dry harder this will help protect the surface from the elements. They are more resistant to the harmful U. V. rays that we deal with some much in Tucson. They have better color retention, all paints (Pigments) fade with time, the better quality acrylics slow down the fading process. All the things combined add to the lifespan of the paint job, giving the exterior of your home longer lasting protection.

Value

When you’re ready to make your final decision I hope you keep these suggestions in mind. In today’s economic climate many Painters are simply selling a price not worrying about the consequences and taking advantage of the homeowners trust. They offer no more than a band aid, it really is a waste of money. The truth is, you get what you pay for no matter how it’s presented. So it you want a top quality paint job on the exterior of your Tucson home, one that offers value and protection. We’re your Tucson Painting Contractor, please give us a call. I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you!

Correctly Prepping Your Tucson Home for Paint Does Affect the Price

Exterior Prep Work

Exterior Prep Work
Prepping is very important

Steps to Prepping Your Tucson Home For Painting

When a house is being repainted, it’s not enough to simply slap some paint over the old paint. Time and weather can erode the paints surface. To ensure a long lasting new coat, the entire surface to be painted must be professionally cleaned and prepped. How much work a professional painter puts into the preparation phase will affect the price.

Power Washing

In addition to removing loose paint from a house, power washing is an efficient way to remove dust that may build up in the stucco texture of our Tucson homes. Done correctly, it thoroughly cleans the surface that is to be painted, allowing for a smoother, and more adhesive coat of new paint.

There Is More To Prep

Because the power washer doesn’t always get all the loose paint off a house, a Professional Painting Contractor will hand scrape or sand some areas to remove edges and bubbles of dried paint.

Priming

Using a premium quality acrylic primer will increase the life span of the top coat of paint, it helps hold the paint film on the surface as intended, paint applied to bare wood will soak into the wood leaving less paint on the surface, in addition it give the paint something to adhere to. The prime coat can raise the cost of painting your Tucson home, but since it will extend the life of the paint job, and because many Paint Manufactures require it to honor their warranties, it’s certainly worth the investment.

Caulking

Many people think caulking is done for more cosmetic reasons than anything else. It’s true caulking cracks and joints does give the paint job a smooth and newer appearance. Caulking door frames and window with a premium quality caulk can help prevent moisture build up, and cool air loss during Tucson’s brutal summers.
Over the years I’ve had to repaint a home within a few years of being painted because the previous painter did not follow these steps, and the homeowner was paying more attention to the cost than the scope of work. I hope this helps you to appreciate the value of having your Tucson home prepped correctly prior to paint. Making sure your Tucson Painting Contractor follows these basic steps will ensure the paint adheres properly, thus maximizing the lifespan of your paint job. In my next post I will share the importance of understanding the technique used to apply the paint to your home and the importance of using the right paint.

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