Don't Just Paint INSULATE
Surface preparation is the single most important part of any paint project because it promotes better adhesion, more uniform sheen, and proper distribution of your finish coat.
With Insulating House Paint
Inadequate surface preparation and moisture are the major reasons paints fail to perform.
Interior surfaces: should be washed with a mild soapy solution and rinsed.
Exterior surfaces: may require scrubbing with a soft bristle brush or power washed. Small units are available at most paint stores and rental centers for a small rental fee.
Use a mild bleach solution to kill mold and mildew growing on the surface or better yet, Oxygen Bleach ( new window), an eviormentally friendly all purpose stain removing, cleaning and sanitizing chemical, technical name being, Sodium Percarbonate.
If you do use bleach, a mixture of 25% chlorine beach to 75% water should be sufficient. A pump up type garden sprayer woks great for applying the bleach mixture. Be sure to rinse well, protect surrounding shrubbery and Yourself!
Bleach is very caustic, avoid inhaling vapors, protect your eyes and skin and be sure to wear old clothing as it will be ruined upon contact with the bleach solution.
Never mix bleach with any other chemical as it will explode with some chemicals and it Will produce deadly toxic fumes when mixed with ammonia.
After the surface is cleaned any imperfections should be corrected as outlined below.
Remove any furniture or obstructions from the area where possible. Anything that remains in area should be draped with plastic,paper drop cloths or a painter's canvas.
Next remove hardware such as door knobs, electrical switch and outlet covers. Thermostats should be covered and masked with masking tape.
Scrape off flaking paint and sand edges with medium grit sand paper. Patch holes and cracks with spackle.
Re-caulk cracks in corners, baseboards and moldings if needed.
Fill nail holes with spackling compound and sand lightly when dry with medium grit sand paper.
Inspect trim work and repair damaged areas by digging out rot and filling depression with wood filler. Allow to dry and sand with fine grit sandpaper if needed.
Spot prime all patched areas.
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Remove gutters, downspouts, window shutters, light fixtures, window screens and storm doors. If you plan to repaint these items you'll produce better results if you paint them before re-installing.
Inspect wood surfaces thoroughly. Caulk any seams and joints where needed. A good rule of thumb is to re-caulk any crack that exists. Remove old caulk with a utility knife if it is pulled away or dry and brittle.
Exposed nail heads shoud be countersunk. Look for signs of rust where nail heads have worked out. Rusty nails should be replaced or countersink them,spot prime with a rust inhibiting primer and when dry fill the indentations with painters putty or spackling compound.
When dry all patched areas should be lightly sanded and spotprimed to seal them off.
Scrape away flaking and peeling paint. Replace all rotted wood or repair with exterior wood filler.
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