Tips: Exterior painting:               
(1). Get rid of surface mildew.
            Mold and mildew usually appear as a brownish or black staining on the surface and will
            continue coming back after painting unless you eliminate it.Wash affected areas with
            a mixture of one parts of bleach to three parts of water! spray on. wait, then rinse off.

(2)  Don't wait to ask questions.
            If your not sure what particular type of paint or procedure for your home painting.
            Ask your local Sherwin Williams manager. They will know what product you need
            for a certain job you are performing!

(3)  Extend the life of your paint job.
            Always start a job with the proper preparation needed for it.Cleaning the surface is
            a must! Proper removal of old peeling paint, primer if needed and a good quality
            paint to improve the look life of your paint job.

(4)  Take care of your painting tools.
            After painting with latex paints, clean brushes and equ. with warm soapy water,
            use a wire brush to clean stubborn paint build up off your brushes,  store your
            brushes in the covers they come with so they keep there form! Oil painting,
            clean up should be with paint thinner or mineral spirits!

(5)  Look for shrubbery against the house.
           A must for painting the exterior siding that you tie back any branches or plants
           that might scratch the fresh paint..  should leave tied up for a week  to allow
           complete drying of the paint!

(6)  Keep records.
           Every paint has a color name and number!!  for touch- ups you might run out
           and need to buy additional paint for your improvements.

(7) Extension paint handles.
          A extension handle can save you allot of ladder work, in many cases increase your
          time and mobility.

(8)  Always work safe.
         Proper positioning of ladders can save you from seriously getting hurt.. If using alu.
         ladders always beware of the incoming electrical lines to the house, you don't want
         to be the ground for it..............

(9)  Wear protective equipment.
          Wear a dust mask when sanding, safety glasses should be used when spraying and
           pressure washing , chips of paint and other objects could cause damage to your eyes.

(10)  Proper clothing.
           A hat for outside to shield the sun out your face,, and wear white clothing because
           dark clothing will attract more heat in the summer months.

(11)  Drop cloths.
            Yes drop cloths should be used on driveways, sidewalks, and basically what you
             don't want paint to get on.. Proper prep. makes your paint job more professional!

(12)  Full paint containers.
           You should never walk up a ladder with a full open gallon of paint.  It should be a
            half to three quarters filled for spillage reasons!

(13)    Peeling - This usually occurs on protected surfaces such as overhangs and porch ceilings. Chemical salts that were not washed off the old surface before it was repainted are usually the cause of peeling, or it may be the result of painting over a glossy surface.
Solution: The old paint must be scraped off and the surface needs to be thoroughly sanded. Then wash the surface with a phosphate-based detergent (TSP). Rinse thoroughly then let it dry. A primer may be necessary - this depends on the type of paint you select - check the label.

(14)  Blistering or Flaking - is usually a two-fold problem caused by moisture trapped in the siding which pushes the paint away from the surface. It may be a sign that there is a leak in the roof, eaves or the plumbing. Lack of ventilation in the kitchen and/or bathrooms could also be a cause.
Solution: First you?re going to need to find the source of the moisture and correct the problem. Then scrape the blistered area down to stable paint or wood. Sand the surface. A primer may be necessary before you paint - this depends on the paint you select - check the label

(15)   Alligator Cracking - If the siding is plywood or masonry, the problem may be caused by cracks in the siding. If it?s not, it indicates that the top coat of paint has shrunk and pulled away from the undercoat. This condition usually occurs only on very old painted surfaces.
Solution: Scrape or sand the surface until you reach stable paint or wood. Hose it down well. A primer may be necessary before you paint - this depends on the paint you select - check the label.



(16)  Most  of  all take your time and have fun :)
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