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"I want someone to paint my house"

I need the exterior of my clapboard house painted. There's some scraping and priming that will need to be done first.

wanted by: carole (7) in Ellenton, FL 34222 +
updated on: Sept. 12, 2011, 11:53 p.m. (2 years, 11 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 27, 2011, 6:40 p.m. (3 years, 7 months ago)
tags: exterior home improvement paint house painting
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Exterior House Painting Advice

Exterior house painting is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your home. The paint isn't just to make your house look nice, it also is an important barrier which protects your siding against sun, wind and rain.

When I was younger, I always painted the house myself, but I find it is too much work now. Plus, I hate scraping paint chippings, priming with oil-based primers, cleaning up brushes in turpentine or paint thinner. That's a young man's game. I'd rather go golfing.

Exterior painting is a physically challenging endeavor. You have to be able to move the ladders around, be comfortable climbing them, and be able to have your arm moving at odd angles for hours at a time. It's also a dirty job where you'll regularly encounter wood rot, all kinds of insects, dirt and LOTS of paint splatter.

There are plenty of crews in Florida who will do all that dirty work for you. All you need to do is work with the contractor on decisions like these:
  • What color to paint your exterior and trim

  • What type of primer to use (oil or latex and should it be tinted)

  • What method to use for application: brush, roller, paint sprayer

  • How to paint any outbuilding of a different material (masonite, vinyl or steel sided, stucco, concrete block, exterior brick


Once you find some painting contractors who are available to do your job, make sure and get some past customer referrals and ask questions like:
  • Was the painting crew professional and respectful?

  • Did they keep their music down, not smoke near your home, and not use foul language around your family?

  • Did the painters do quality work?

  • Did the painters protect your non-painted surfaces from splatter (fences, shutters, walkways, roofs, driveway)

  • Did the painters clean up their work site every night before going home?

  • Did the contractor show up when they said they would and complete the job on schedule?


That's about all I can think of right now. Good luck!

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