Special Precautions To Take Before Painting Older Homes

How long does your paint last?

Normally, when painted well and done properly, exterior paints would last for 15 years. This would depend mainly on how it was painted, what paint was used and what the situation of the texture was before painting was done. You also need to ensure that you keep an eye on the weather once exterior paintings are done. Old houses are also much more difficult to paint and to keep the paint on, probably because of how the materials are considering the age of building.

So what are the best practices in painting older homes?

In painting older homes, one must consider so many things. Below are some:

  • Washing
  • Scraping
  • Scraping again
  • Sand
  • Sand again
  • Patch and fill
  • Prime part 1
  • Prime part 2
  • Caulk
  • Paint
  • Paint again
  • Paint part 3


It is very important to be able to wash or scrub any exterior surface before painting. Not washing it can lead to a dirty finish because of possible dust and objects being caught by the paint.


It is important to scrape as lead may be present on houses especially those of older models. Houses built before 1978 has lead because of how houses were built before – lead had always been used. Nowadays, lead is not recommendable in building houses so it is best to have them scraped before painting.

Scraping again

You need to scrape again as scraping it one time may still leave off other particles. You would need to scrape by hand if you like a more efficient outcome.


After scraping, it is important to sand the exterior surface of the house. You would not want any bumps along the way while performing the job that might just lead off to more problems in the future.

Patch and fill

When sanding is done, there will be minor cracks or holes left on the exterior surface leaving it weird and bad if painted without filling. You would need to patch these cracks or open areas and fill it out.


Primers are used to be able to close off minimal seals that we may miss. This is to ensure that all the areas to be painted are even plain.


You know you are almost done once you reach this stage. Caulking is when you caulk all small joints and sides of the surfaces to ensure nothing is missed.  It should last up until fifteen years.

The Secrets Expert Painters Use To Save Time And Money

What is the best tip from a professional painter in getting those lovely designs rocking?

Experts have lots of advice on being able to make their work fabulous without spending too much time and money. They have their own unique and original approaches without jeopardizing the profit they may earn. Professional and expert painters definitely have their own techniques. However, funny as it may seem, they also share common beliefs especially in being able to save costs by still showing off their talents.

Here are the below beliefs that expert painters share to keep their work nailed and amazing:

  • Dry weather
  • Visually inspect thoroughly and prepare
  • High quality paraphernalia is a must
  • Know your nap
  • Protect and select
  • Removal of unnecessary stuff
  • Primer
  • Box it
  • Roll it
  • Top to bottom

Dry weather

To be able to achieve the look you want, it is always best to befriend the weather. Humidity makes drying slow and makes everything just wet. If you actually hit a beautiful dry weather as a target, the finished work can dry up as easily as possible without causing problems.

Visually inspect thoroughly and prepare

You have to check or inspect on possible scrapes or cracks. You do not want to end up wasting your money by not doing the things that should have been done just because an inspection was not done well.

High quality paraphernalia

Expensive and high quality brushes, rollers, roll covers and painter’s tape is a must. You are not splurging by doing this, in fact your saving yourself some money buy buying the same stuff again and again.

Know your nap

Other painters may seem to miss this but knowing your nap is probably the next important thing in painting. Working when sleep deprived will only give you more problems that you can imagine. Painting uses up your motor skills, vision and focus and you do not want to mess them up just because of a little yawning.

Protect and select

Always make sure to cover those parts that you do not want to get painted. This is where the quality and expensive painter’s tape comes in.

Removal of unnecessary stuff

If you do not want wirings or light bulbs to cause you problems while hitting the perfect spots to be painted, it would be recommended to remove them before doing the job. It would basically save you time and effort if done this way.