When repainting a house, which has been coated in the past, it is essential to take every measure to ensure that the home will maintain its new look for an extended period of time. Below is a general step-by-step procedure that we go through at Pinnacle to achieve this goal.
STEP 1: POWER WASH >> This step is crucial in removing dirt and mildew from the exterior surface of most homes. Power washing provides a clean surface for the primer/paint to adhere to. We typically power wash with water, but in cases of severe mildew growth we apply a bleach solution for best results.
STEP 2: SCRAPING >> We thoroughly scrape all of the loose and failing paint off the house. The scraping process is important in providing a long life span for the paint job.
STEP 3: CAULKING & GLAZING >> After the home is cleaned of any dirt and loose paint we are ready to seal all cracks and joints with caulk. This protects the interior of the home from moisture problems and can also save money on heating. For older homes with pane-glazed windows we re-glaze them to make the home air tight.
STEP 4: PRIMING >> The next step in the paint process is to apply a primer coat to any areas of bare wood. Primer acts similar to a double-sided glue, sticking to the bare surface while holding a finish coat on top of it.
STEP 5: FINISH COATING >> After the home is completely prepped we are finally ready to apply a finish coat of paint. This stage gives the home color and will make it look like new. For older homes we recommend two coats of paint. Choosing a high quality product can add years to the life of the paint job. At Pinnacle we use only the best products.