Most of our exterior painting projects start with pressure washing using a bleach based solution to remove dirt, grime and mildew. For exterior painting the typical prep process will include any carpentry repairs necessary, scraping and sanding loose or peeling paint, applying the proper primer where needed, caulking cracks and loose joints and filling holes with wood putty. Drop cloths are used to catch paint chips from scraping loose paint and to protect driveways, sidewalks, porches or decks, roofs and plants or landscaping.
With interior jobs, we use ‘interior’ drop cloths, different ones than the ones used outside. In almost every interior painting project, we create a trail of drop cloths leading to the area the work is performed to walk on when coming in and out of the house. We always fill nail holes from pictures and repair any surface dings and scratches with spackle before painting the walls and if necessary we lightly sand the walls to remove any bits of paint or fibers from roller covers left behind from previous paint jobs.
If there are cracks in the drywall we will apply drywall tape to this area and use a fast setting joint compound to prevent the cracks from returning. If we are painting trim, we caulk any loose joints that have cracked open since the last paint job before we paint. Any water stains or dark marks on ceilings and walls are covered with an oil primer to prevent them from bleeding through the paint.