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Exterior Painting Process

20-Step Exterior Painting Process

Exterior Painting Process - 20-Step Checklist - West Chester, OH - 365 RenovationsAt 365 Renovations, we understand that selecting the right painting company can be challenging. To assist you, we have prepared the following outline of the step-by-step exterior painting process we follow each and every time we paint.

It is our attention to detail and professionalism that will ensure that your job is completed to your satisfaction without the hassles commonly experienced when dealing with an ordinary painting contractor.

We look forward to working with you on this project and on all your future painting needs!

Our Comprehensive 20-Step Exterior Painting Process

  1. Once you have selected your colors, we will gladly offer input with regard to the finish and type of paint that should be used. Samples can be applied if requested for an additional cost; allowing you a chance to experience the color before the work begins.
  2. We ask that you close all windows and storm windows. If you are unable to close the windows, we will make arrangements with you to get this step completed.
  3. Prior to applying any paint, we will protect all plants, furniture and grills with drop cloths or plastic coverings.
  4. We will remove all shutters when applicable or required.
  5. One of the most important steps in the exterior painting process is preparing the surface. We will wash the house to remove dirt and mildew. A biodegradable detergent or bleach may be used if the mildew is extensive. Drying time may vary, but typically the house is ready for paint the next morning.
  6. We will scrape and scuff sand the surface to remove all the old paint.
  7. We will caulk holes, cracks, voids using a caulk with a 45+ year life where previously caulked and currently cracked open. Does not include caulking windows unless specified on the contract.
  8. We will make any minor carpentry repairs like nailing in loose shakes, shingles or moldings at no extra charge.
  9. We will evaluate any areas that may require something other than minor repairs and consult with you. As a service to you, we can arrange to have these repairs made. Typically, this is handled on a “time and materials” rate or a firm price as agreed upon by you.
  10. The windows will be scraped, glazed, primed and painted. We will not remove storm windows. Any trim, columns or soffits will also be prepared for painting.
  11. We will spot prime all repaired areas to help ensure a uniform finish. If repair work is extensive, a full coat of primer/sealer may be applied.
  12. We will re-evaluate the surface condition after the first coat and, if necessary, sand, caulk and putty.
  13. Areas like doors, foundations, shutters and inside porches are treated separately and are usually prepared and painted at the same time.
  14. We will spot prime any re-sanded surfaces. We will not paint any areas until they are dry and ready to be painted.
  15. We will apply the paint in most areas using a brush roller or spraying. However, spray techniques produce a better finish for some flat surfaces like vinyl siding and aluminum siding.
  16. We recommend that any doors that have been painted should be left open or ajar for approximately 4 hours to dry.
  17. We will apply the finish coat to all trim work including windows, doors and soffits.
  18. We will complete our own final inspection and make any necessary final touch-ups.
  19. We will remove all tools and equipment including drop cloths and plastic sheeting.
  20. A final walk through will be conducted with you to ensure your total satisfaction.

As demonstrated by our attention to detail, we understand how important your house is to you! Your satisfaction is so important to us that we don’t consider your exterior painting job complete until you say it is complete.

We look forward to providing you with a written estimate. Should you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact us or refer to our FAQs page.

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