Exterior painting can be a big investment, both in time and money, and many homeowners have heard a variety of myths and misconceptions about the process. With this in mind, we at McKay’s Painting would like to discuss some of the most common exterior painting myths, and the truth behind them.
Busting Exterior Painting Myths
Myth #1: You can paint over any surface.
One of the most common exterior painting myths is that you can paint over any surface. However, this is not true. In order for paint to adhere properly, the surface needs to be clean and free of dirt, grease, and other debris. In addition, if the surface is peeling or cracking, it will need to be repaired before painting can begin.
Myth #2: You don’t need to use primer.
Another common myth is that you can skip the primer and go straight to the paint. However, primer is an essential step in the painting process. It helps the paint adhere better, covers up any stains or imperfections, and provides an even base coat for the paint to adhere to.
Myth #3: You can paint in any weather.
Many homeowners believe that they can paint their exterior in any weather conditions, but this is not true. Paint needs to be applied in moderate temperatures, typically between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and in dry conditions. Painting in extreme heat, cold, or humidity can lead to problems like cracking, peeling, and blistering.
Myth #4: You can use any type of paint.
Not all paints are created equal, and using the wrong type of paint can lead to problems down the road. Exterior paint needs to be able to withstand harsh weather conditions, and should be formulated to resist fading, peeling, and mildew growth. In addition, it’s important to choose a paint that is appropriate for the type of surface being painted, whether it’s wood, stucco, or brick.
Myth #5: You don’t need to prep the surface.
A common myth is that you can skip the prep work and just start painting. However, proper preparation is essential to the success of any exterior painting project. This includes washing the surface, scraping away any loose or peeling paint, repairing any damage, and applying primer. Skipping any of these steps can lead to a subpar paint job and reduce the lifespan of your paint.
Myth #6: You can finish the project in one day.
While it might be tempting to try to finish your exterior painting project in one day, this is usually not realistic. Exterior painting projects typically take several days to complete, depending on the size of the area being painted and the complexity of the job. Rushing through the painting process can lead to mistakes and a subpar paint job.
Myth #7: Anyone can paint the exterior of their home.
Many homeowners believe that they can paint the exterior of their home themselves, but this is not always the case. Exterior painting can be a difficult and time-consuming process, and requires a certain level of skill and experience to do properly.
Hiring a professional painting contractor can help ensure that the job is done right, and can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.
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Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions surrounding exterior painting. By understanding the truth behind these myths, you can make informed decisions about your exterior painting project and ensure that you get the best possible results. For exterior painting projects in the Greater Santa Barbara, CA area, contact McKay’s Painting and let us assist you!