Why is Prep Work Important Prior To Painting Your House

You can spend your money on the most expensive and best brands of paint available in the market and still not get the best finish you anticipated.

You can spend your money on the most expensive and best brands of paint available in the market and still not get the best finish you anticipated. You might be wondering what might have gone wrong, and why you did not get the good quality finish you expected. The answer is simple, you might have forgotten to do the necessary prep work to ensure the clean and smooth surface for the paint to sit evenly and perfectly. The amount of prep work you do can determine the durability of your exterior painting job.

The majority of the painting failures are accounted with poor or insufficient prep work by their painting contractor. Some people often skip or cut corners on the prep work because it is tedious and time-consuming. Homeowners who perform do-it-yourself exterior painting often skip the prep work process because they simply do not understand just how important the prep work is for the longevity of their exterior painting. That, and well, let’s just be honest, it is hard work to do it right.

It is best to hire a professional painting contractor who can help you with the endeavour, and provide the necessary and enough prep work to get the best finish you wanted.

Prep Work Procedure

To help you go through the step-by-step prep work process, here is the procedure most professional painting contractors observe before applying a fresh coat of your chosen paint colour:

  1. Clean

Your house has collected dust and moulds through the years. You need to wash off these environmental contaminants before you could start painting. If you leave these impurities uncleaned, the paint will just stick on the dirt rather than the surface.

Peeling off paint is one of the common indicators that the exterior surface lacked cleaning before painting. If you look at the paint chip that falls off the wall, you will see dirt build-up. This means that the paint only sits with the dirt and not on the wall surface where it should be supposed to stick.

You need to ensure that your painting contractors made the necessary pre-painting complete wash down of the exterior walls. This will save you money and time. You will do better with mid-grade paints on a clean surface than expensive paint products on a dirt-filled wall.

  1. Dry

Paints do not stick on wet surfaces. After a thorough power washing, it is safe to give some time for the wall to dry up before you proceed with the next step.

  1. Scrape

When you see wall paints peeling or chipping off, it is best to scrape those paints off the surface. It is best to scrape off the loose coating until you are left with the well-adhered paint or the unpainted surface.

Peeling off paint can lead to a failed painting finish. There are different scrapers in the market you can use to do the trick. You need to be careful with scraping for it might damage the concrete wall.

  1. Repair

Cracks and holes need repairing before you start with the painting process. You also need to repair rotten wood during the prep work to avoid a bad painting finish.

  1. Sand

The next step is to sand all the paintable areas to achieve the smooth surface needed for paint application. The rough surfaces of the woods and even sides of the concrete need to be sanded to reduce the appearance of the transition from the bare surface to a paint-coated one.

After sanding the surfaces, it is important to dust off the walls before applying the primer and the paint. You can run a damp rag all over it or use an air compressor. You can also power wash the, but this will take some time to dry before you can prime.

  1. Prime

If your surface has dried up, and there are no more peeling paints or visible cracks and holes, you can start priming the surface before applying the fresh coat of paint.

For the best exterior painting finish, it is best to hire a professional exterior painting contractor who can help you and finish the job for you. Earl’s Paintworks, Inc. has been in service to their clients in Calgary and nearby cities in providing the best interior and exterior painting services.

Pamela Vigneault
Pamela Vigneault
We hired Earl and his crew to paint the baseboards & walls of our basement. He is very good at answering emails and texts. Also is punctual when meeting for quotes and doing the work. I specifically wanted our baseboards lacquered and NOT brush or roller painted. It cost more, but the results speak for themselves. The basement was left clean and the furniture well covered. Great work from this company. Would recommend
Lorraine Townsend
Lorraine Townsend
Recently Earl painted the exterior of our house. The structure was very challenging and needed an enormous amount of prep work. Earl and his crew showed up every day on time and went full tilt for 4 days to get all the prep and painting done. The paint was all brushed and rolled.They were very professional and it was obvious that they take pride in their work.I did have trouble deciding on the colours and after a couple of stressful months, I followed up with a colour consultant that Earl recommended. It was money well spent and we are very pleased with how it turned out.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl and his crew.
Earl and his team helped me dramatically improve the interior of a recently purchased 1960 Bungalow. They prepped and painted the main level completely (ceiling, walls, windows, door jams, etc.) and did some painting in basement as well. Easy to work with from the start to finish. Great job, on time, and at a reasonable price. I highly recommend Earl’s Paintworks. I will most likely be using their services again soon!
Jenn Balderston
Jenn Balderston
Earl is the best in the business! We hired Earl to paint the exterior of our 106 year-old heritage home that was in disrepair. Our house is a craftsman bungalow that required highly detailed workmanship. Because of the uniqueness of the house, and its heritage value, we were nervous to hire the job out to just anyone. We met with a number of companies and Earl's Paintworks stood tall above the rest. We loved that Earl was an owner/operator and knew after talking to him that he'd take great care with our beloved home. We weren't wrong! Earl and Jeremy were meticulous - sanding every nook and cranny to ensure a perfect finish that would stand the test of time. We wanted a tri-colour scheme to show off the home's craftsmanship, which required a lot of taping, cutting, and intricate work. Our neighbours would stop by to compliment Earl and Jeremy - blown away by the precision and quality of their work. Both my fiancé and I were sad to see them leave. Earl and Jeremy had become fast friends, always making time to stop and visit with us (despite putting in long days of hard labour). Couldn't recommend them enough! If you are looking for a painter, do yourself a favour, and stop here.
Julie Sontag
Julie Sontag
We recently hired Earl's Paintworks to repaint the entire interior of a newly-purchased home and could not be more pleased with the quality of the work and exceptional service provided from start to finish. We were on a very tight timeline & Earl (the owner) and Jeremy showed up ready to work 30 minutes after we took possession of the house. They put in long hours to finish the job in only 8.5 days, despite the fact that it was a massive project (3 storey house with over 30 windows/doors to paint around and some 20ft ceilings). The care they took to cover our hardwood floors, carpeting and cabinetry was remarkable - not a drop of paint left anywhere it didn't belong.Earl was truly a pleasure to work with, responded to our questions in a timely & friendly fashion, and provided knowledgeable (and realistic) advice on different finishes and colour options. He even went above and beyond to point out some small repairs that needed to be addressed around the house which was helpful to us as new owners. We had 4 different companies quote on the job and chose Earl's Paintworks based on a gut feeling that Earl was the right choice. Very happy with our decision - so much so that we're hoping to have them back this summer to do the exterior of our house as well.We would recommend Earl's Paintworks to anyone without hesitation. If you're looking for a hardworking, locally-owned company to do an efficient, professional, super high quality job, this is it!
Ken Cheung
Ken Cheung
We wanted the interior and doors repainted in our home in preparation for selling. We obtained a couple of quotes from painters. We ended up choosing Earl due to our positive interactions with him.This is a small but very professional company. It was good to work with a smaller company where the person painting your home is the actual owner and therefore, someone who took full responsibility for the work. Earl was very helpful with colour suggestions. He was easy to communicate with via both emails, phone calls and text. Earl was a perfectionist. He finished our 2 level 2000 sq ft home in about 6 full days. He came a few weeks later to do the exterior doors (garage and entry) when the weather was warmer.I would not hesitate to recommend Earl's Paintworks.