The most important part of an exterior paint job is what you are painting on top of. If you are painting something for the first time, you have complete control of the painting process. If you are repainting the exterior of a house that has been painted multiple times over 40 to 50 years, it is a more difficult process. The first choice when dealing with old and failing paint, is to sand it all off and start over. Unfortunately if you have textured shingles, sanding is not an option.
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Sanding these shingles will destroy the actual cedar shingles and leave you with horrible sanding marks on your home. In the photo above, you can see the uneven surface of the shingles and the level differences form a previous scrape job. The only way to avoid the level differences on a scraped house is to replace the actual shingles. If you choose to replace shingles, we recommend replacing entire sections of siding because a new individual shingle will be very noticeable on the side of your home.
Painted properly and maintained regularly, a house with textured shingles can last just as long as a house that is sanded. The cost is lower upfront because we don’t have the added expense of sanding and you don’t need as much primer. However, the house will need to be touched up every two to three years to maintain the integrity of the paint job. Duration paint from Sherwin-Williams resists fading and holds its color very well, which is another reason we love Duration paint for houses with textured shingles.
Our first step is to scrape off the loose paint from the shingles. On a house with textured shingles, you can always dig the scraper into the cedar and peel off more paint. We are trying to remove just the loose paint that has “let go” of the house.
After we have completed scraping the house, we pre-soak the house with bleach and then power wash the dirt, dust and mildew off the house. We are not trying to remove any paint with the power washing. If a painter tries to blast the paint off your siding with a power washer, he will damage your cedar siding and you will not be able to repair the shingles.
After we finish with the power washing, we spot prime the house. It varies by the house, but we don’t usually put primer over good paint. In our opinion, primer is for sealing up bare wood, making paint adhere to something it doesn’t want to and for blocking staining. On this house we used “Duration Paint” from Sherwin-Williams. It is our experience that it resists cracking and fading longer than the other paints available to us and is perfect for a house with textured shingles. We prefer to use a satin (low-lustre) finish on the trim and a gloss on the trim. The satin finish helps prevent mildew and allows for an easier cleaning job in the future.
Most houses have some sort of rotten trim, woodpecker damage or other carpentry that go hand in hand with the painting. This particular exterior paint job in Chatham, NJ had a few pieces of rotten trim under the doors and on some window sills.
After all the scraping, priming and carpentry is complete, we apply two topcoats of paint to the house.
If you are considering painting the exterior of your home, we would love the opportunity to discuss your painting project with you.
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