Painting the exterior walls may seem like a straightforward task, but there’s some preparation involved to ensure a seamless and proper painting project. Palmetto Ceramic Coatings, one of the top local painters for outside of the house, shares how to prepare and prime the exterior wall for painting.
Filling and Patching
Before you prime and paint the wall, it’s important to fill and patch the wall. Start by removing and replacing any rotten or decaying surfaces, and filling in the holes and cracks with a high-quality filler. These aberrations will become more noticeable over time and can interrupt the flow of painting.
After filling and patching the holes and cracks, sand the surface. Small areas of peeling and cracking are easy to sand back while larger holes must be filled and spot primed. Even if you’ll be working with your local exterior painters, it’s a good idea to prepare the roof this way to prevent the rotting and decaying surfaces from getting worse.
Priming the Exterior
Priming the exterior is a straightforward process and is recommended for general painting or repairing. A single coat of acrylic latex paint is enough for surfaces with an existing paint that’s still intact. A second layer is necessary for surfaces that have small holes or cracks.
Glossy paint is a bit tricky to paint and requires you to prime the entire house even if you’ve sanded or treated the existing finish using a deglosser. The same goes for hardboard and glossy variants of cedar siding. The best primer for glossy paint is an alkyd primer paired with a latex topcoat for the paint.
As one of the top painting contractors in Charleston, Palmetto Ceramic Coatings offers quality workmanship in every painting project we do. We are one of the few who can offer the Rhino Shield® ceramic elastomeric wall coating technology, which provides long-term protection to almost any exterior, whether it’s stucco, brick or wood.
Call us today at (843) 284-9398 to learn more about our services. We are one of the top exterior painters in Charleston, SC.