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Exterior Home Painting In Cumming, Alpharetta And Surrounding Areas

Repainting the exterior of your home can give your home a complete face lift and make it look new again. Exterior home painting isn’t for amateurs though and if done properly will prevent future damage to wood, eves and doors and windows. The average home owner thinks it’s as simple as power washing and applying exterior paint but there’s much more to know in order to achieve a properly painted home that will last 20-25 years. You may need to hire a professional painter for exterior home painting in Cumming, Alpharetta and surrounding areas.

Exterior Home Painting – Do’s And Don’ts

Here are some potential issues you could experience if not done properly and how to avoid them:

Exterior Home Painting – Do’s And Don’ts
  1. Paint Peeling – If the last layer of paint is unable to bond with the primer or earlier coat of paint peeling can occur.  In most cases, paint peeling is caused by moisture related issues. Peeling takes place if there are leaks from the rooftop.  If the affected part is quite extensive, brush off all the peeling paint, scrub the edges, apply a primer, and repaint the affected part of the wall.
  2. Chalking Paint – Chalking paint can occur if you paint highly pigmented paint, use low-quality paint or if interior paint is painted on the exterior part of the house.  You can test to see if your paint is chalking by slightly rubbing your hand over  the exterior surface of the wall and if your hand gets a white substance, then your paint is chalking. There are several solutions that can resolve the problem of chalking. First, scrub the surface with a brush and clean the paint thoroughly. After cleaning touch the scrubbed portion to see if the problem has been resolved.
    If the problem is still persist, apply acrylic or an oil-based primer and repaint the exterior with a high-quality exterior paint.
  3.  Paint Cracking – Cracking can take place if dense paint coatings are applied on a wall. The problem is quite common in houses that have been painted severally in the past. If the new coat of paint is not able to attach to the old paint cracking takes place.  To prevent cracking, do not paint acrylic paint in windy conditions as it may dry too fast, prime the wood before painting, and avoid over-thinning the paint.  Correct any cracking that affects the substrate by scrubbing the cracked paint, priming the surface and repainting.  If the cracking has affected the substrate, brush all the paint, apply a primer and coat with a superior acrylic paint.
  4. Efflorescence –  Cracks on the wall can allow water to penetrate into the walls causing efflorescence. When water dissolves into the salts in the brick or concrete structure, it causes the salts to leach onto the surface of the walls. The hard white salt deposits, on the paint film, are referred to as efflorescence.  Other causes of efflorescence include groundwater penetration onto the basement, poor removal of prior efflorescence, moisture in the inner part of the home escaping through the exterior part of the home, or the paint was painted before the concrete dried. Efflorescence can be fixed by scrubbing the salt deposits, priming and repainting the affected surface.
  5. Blistering Paint – Blisters look like bubble bumps on the outer part of the paint film. The blisters can occur immediately after applying the paint or in one to three days after painting the exterior of home.  Some of the possible causes of blisters include applying an oil-based paint over a damp area or painting on a warm surface in direct sunlight.  When paint is applied on a warm exterior the outer paint dries quicker than the innermost part. Consequently, the dry paint prevents vapor from the inner part of the paint from escaping thus blisters are formed.  In the same way, moisture blisters can form on paint if water or any other liquid substance leaks onto the wall from the inner part of the wall.  To remove blistered paint, scrape the surface, applying a primer coat and then repainting the external part. Also, repairing any leaking pipes, taps and other moisture sources will remedy moisture blisters.
  6. Running or Sagging Paint – this is when paint has a hanging or sopping appearance.
    It comes about if the coat of paint applied is too heavy, if the paint was applied on a very humid day, too thin, and if the surface was not scrubbed or primed before application of a new layer.
    Running paint can be rectified while still wet by reordering the sagging paint using a roller. If the paint has dried out already, scrub the uneven parts and reapply the paint.

If you don’t feel 100% confident that you can avoid these types of exterior paint issues, give us a call  and will schedule one of our experienced estimators to come out and give you a free quote to paint the exterior of your home

Call For Free Estimate: 770-346-0203

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