Monday, November 26, 2007

Analyzing the Project

Painting a House, or even a single room can be an enormously gratifying experience. However, to do the job right, it is important to understand everything about the project before you begin.
Start by critically looking over areas that you want to paint. If you are painting the exterior of your home, walk around it slowly and really analyze what needs to be done. Carry a pen a paper and take notes.
What type of materials make up your home's exterior? Wood? Stucco? Aluminum sinding? Vinyl siding? Metal? Brick? You will probably be surprised at the number of different surfaces on your home. Take a note of their condition. Are they peeling? Chalking? Rusting? Is the caulk intact, or are there gaps where different surfaces meet? Is mildew present? Again, take notes. Are there any special problems- for example, is any siding rotted or damaged? Keep in mind that most any surface material can be painted- including surfaces like aluminum or vinyl siding.
Likewise, if you are planning to do interior painting, take a hard look at the rooms you want to paint. What is the condition of the walls? Will repairs be necessary? Is the woodwork in good condition? If there are stains on the walls, nail holes, etc., pinpoint their specific location on your "report card".
These note will be very helpful throughout the course of your work. They will help you plan your job properly, tell you whether or not you will need to purchase any special tools or coatings, and help you go about your job in an orderly fashion.
The big payoff will come later. By approaching your job in a methodical, professional manner, you are sure to save time and get the best possible results with your painting.
For more information go to
Resource from A Step-by-Step Guide How to Paint. Paint & Decorating Retailers Association.

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