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Spring Forward With Painting Projects

Spring Forward With Painting Projects

With winter finally giving way to more pleasant weather, it’s prime time for painting in most parts of the country. How to begin? Start by making a careful visual inspection of the entire exterior of your home.

Exterior paint pulls some tough duty having to stand up to winter weather. Freeze-thaw cycles, sleet, snow and rain can cause paint to fail quickly, especially if it isn’t a top quality coating. So, don’t delay looking things over.

Start your inspection by searching for peeling or flaking paint on your siding and trim. If you see signs of trouble, note whether the problem is confined to a small area, or is widespread. That will help determine whether you can get by with some touchup painting, or whether you need to consider repainting the entire exterior.

You can easily deal with small trouble spots by scraping off any loose paint that you see, then sanding the edges smooth. Apply a top quality primer wherever bare wood shows through, and when the primer dries, brush on one or two coats of your leftover touchup paint. By following this regimen, you may buy some time.

If your paint is failing in many places, however, that’s a different story. Very likely, you’ll have to paint the entire exterior. And, in that case, there are some really good reasons to put things in motion right away.

Should you decide to do your own painting, you’ll find it much more pleasant and comfortable to do surface preparation and painting in springtime, when the weather is mild.

Your paint might even last longer if you apply it now. That’s because exterior paints tend to “cure” better in moderate temperatures, creating an especially tough and durable paint film.

Even if you plan to hire a professional painter, there’s a reason to act fast: Painting contractors book up quickly at this time of year, and it’s smart to get on their schedule as soon as you can.

Whoever does the work, there’s another big advantage to painting in springtime: So that you can enjoy your home’s freshly painted appearance all summer long, when you and your guests spend the most time outdoors.

And don’t get the idea that springtime is just for exterior painting. It’s also a great time to do some painting inside the home. When the weather is mild, you can throw open the windows, enjoy the sounds of spring, and paint in perfect comfort.

If you’re primed for some springtime home painting, keep one last thing in mind: Whether you’re painting your home’s interior, exterior, or both, be sure to use only the highest quality paint. Top quality coatings made with 100% acrylic are the best assurance that your new paint job will continue to look good and perform well for many springs to come!

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Blog By Debbie Zimmer: Debbie Zimmer is editor-in-chief of the Paint Quality Institute blog. She's a widely cited authority on color, use of paints in interior and exterior design, and decorative painting techniques. She can be found on Twitter as @PaintQualityIns.