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When to Pressure Wash Before Exterior Painting

When to Pressure Wash Before Exterior Painting

Pressure washing uses a highly pressurized nozzle to blast water (and cleaning solution as needed) on to the exterior of a home or building. It is commonly used to clean exteriors before redecorating or painting projects as a means to prepare the surface for painting.

What to Know About Pressure Washing a Paint Job

When to Pressure Wash Exteriors

When planning exterior house pressure washing, you have a lot of options. Here’s what the professional house painters at Trico Painting recommend:

  • Before Any Exterior Painting: Pressure washing is a part of exterior painting services for professional painters for a reason. Paint and dirt don’t mix. And you’d be surprised just how much can accumulate on the sides of your house, even if it’s not clearly visible. Getting the walls completely clean ensures any new paint applied will adhere properly.

  • If Exterior Walls Look Dingy or Dirty: Pressure washing companies will wash your exteriors if you notice buildup on the walls. Be sure to check areas you don’t frequent, or areas that are often in shadow, since you don’t want to leave any areas vulnerable to paint deterioration.

  • If You Suspect Mold or Mildew: Mildew, mold, and even algae can cling to exterior surfaces and cause health issues for you, your family, and your guests. Pressure washing services can take care of this problem quickly and efficiently, making sure your structures remain sound, and everyone inside remains happy and healthy.

  • If Your Allergies Are Bad: If there are any imperfections in how walls, doors, and windows are sealed, what’s outside can get inside. That includes allergens. Pressure washing can remove common outdoor allergens from outside surfaces, so your allergies are less likely to flare up.

Pressure washing restores aesthetic appeal, makes painting projects more successful, keeps exteriors low maintenance, and lowers health and safety risks. It’s a valuable service and a great investment in your property.

Avoid Pressure Washing Mishaps

You may have seen pictures and video of people pressure washing and thought, how hard could it be? But the truth is, a lot can go wrong in a DIY pressure washing situation. Some of the most common mistakes include:

  • Using Too Much Pressure: Pressure washers come equipped with various nozzles that control the strength of the pressurized blast and the angle of the flow of water. The lower the number, the more forceful the stream of pressurized water. For example, 0 degree blast is powerful enough to be dangerous for anything it’s directed toward, including people, landscaping, or property. Even if it’s not on the 0 setting, you still run the risk of operating the nozzle at too high a pressure and splintering or cracking exterior surfaces, not to mention damaging paint or stain.

  • Spraying Water into Cracks: Sometimes, the pressurized water can shoot into the seams of your home exterior, getting inside the walls. Since air circulation isn’t optimal in those places, the risk of mold growth there is high.

  • Improper Safety Equipment or Precautions: Errantly spraying yourself with the pressure washer can lacerate your skin, and the pressure washer is very loud. Eye and ear protection, and wearing protective gloves and boots is essential to prevent safety hazards.

If there’s any chance you could be hurt or your property could be damaged, we recommend getting expert help with your property improvements.

Hire Professional Painters for Stress-Free Pressure Washing

There’s no need to worry about what could go wrong with pressure washing if you’re hiring a professional painter to get it done. Trico Painting pressure washes as part of our exterior painting services for homes, buildings, and decking.

We know the proper nozzle and flow strength for every surface we work with and are careful to protect surrounding landscaping, so your property only looks more beautiful after the project is completed. We are committed to on-the-job safety, and will only operate the pressure washing equipment while wearing the proper protective equipment, according to health and safety guidelines for our industry.

While pressure washing, we know how to direct the spray to avoid it getting into cracks and fissures and compromising the structural integrity of your exterior walls. Since we always make sure surfaces are strong and clean before painting, we will alert you to any structural issues we find during the project, and make recommendations for correcting them.

We allow ample drying time after pressure washing, so new paints and stains look their best. And you don’t have to worry about juggling a painter, a decking company, and a pressure washing company: you can consider Trico Painting your one-stop-shop. Ready to get started? We’re here to answer any questions about your painting or pressure washing project. Contact Trico Painting for your project estimate today and start looking forward to a cleaner, safer, more beautiful exterior.