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There is no other inexpensive and easy way to transform and refresh the look of your Eugene, Oregon home’s exterior like adding a fresh coat of paint. Other than updating the looks of your home, repainting your exterior protects your siding from the harsh elements as well and damage from insects.

One of the most frustrating facts about exterior painting is that problems will always arise over time. The rain, wind, and temperature fluctuations will eventually compromise the integrity of the paint job and degrade the look of your home. However, the problems will only develop faster if the paint job is not done well. With that in mind, here are 5 of the most common mistakes you should avoid when painting your home’s exterior.

Painting Over a Soiled Surface

Your siding accumulates dirt and debris over time. Additionally, after a number of years, the paint will start to break down in the process known as chalking, and leave behind fine chalky powder deposits on the surface of the siding. When such a surface is painted without a thorough cleaning, the paint will adhere to the dusty and chalky film and not the actual surface that you’re trying to paint. This will cause the paint to peel off the surface after just a few months.

Thus, don’t make a mistake of skipping the pre-painting cleaning process. Your exterior might not look like it really needs washing, but it always does –sometimes the fine dirt and chalk deposits can be difficult to detect without close examination. Give your exterior a thorough washing using a pressure washer and allow the surface to dry before moving one.

Painting on Poorly Prepped Surfaces

A poorly prepared surface is a recipe for a failed paint job. The bulk of most exterior painting work usually goes into preparing the surface to be painted, and for a very good reason. Peeling and flaking paint needs to be removed before painting can be applied. Glossy surfaces also need to be scrapped in order to create a suitable surface for paint to adhere to. Failure to do this will create inferior paint results that won’t last long against the harsh exterior conditions.

Skipping the Primer

It’s highly tempting for DIY enthusiasts to skip applying the primer prior to painting in an effort to save time and reduce the workload. Well, if you’re looking for attractive and long-lasting results, don’t skip the primer.

Applying the primer to a surface to be painted makes it easier for the paint to adhere to it. Paint generally doesn’t stick well to most bare surfaces, but it sticks exceptionally well to primed surfaces and considering that the primer sticks very to most surfaces, it only makes sense to always start with a primer. In addition, the primer helps in blocking stains and traces of the previous old paint reducing the need for applying more than two coats of paint.

Painting on Wet Surfaces

After washing your surface, allow enough time for the surface to dry before applying the primer. If you used a pressure washer, you will have to allow it, even more, to dry completely –this could be a full day or two depending on the weather and siding material.

Equally, allow sufficient time for the primer to dry before applying subsequent coats of paint. As you will notice, this needs a lot of patience since you will have to also wait for each coat of paint to dry before applying the next. Watching paint dry is not fun, but you need to do it. Check on the primer and paint cans for the recommended waiting periods. Painting on wet surfaces usually leads to paint defects such as blistering and peeling.

Not Consulting a Professional

It’s important to realize that exterior painting is a major undertaking that must not be underestimated. There is a lot that goes in than just changing the color of your house. A single mistake can be quite costly, considering that painting an entire exterior is a significant investment. So if you don’t have the skill, experience, and tools to paint your own exterior, you should probably hire an experienced painting contractor for some professional assistance.