Touching up an exterior paint job can be tricky business. Depending on how long ago your house was painted, touching up problem areas without extra care can lead to flashing (uneven sheen of paint). In fact, if your house was painted several years ago, even a careful touch-up job may result in flashing due to the aging of paint over time.
We recommend that our clients complete a thorough inspection at least once a year to examine the condition of their home’s exterior paint. In Seattle, it is best to wait until Spring to paint, as the warmer months begin to arrive. The benefits of planning your touch-up work (or if needed, full re-paint) earlier in the year are to have plenty of time to plan/complete your project before the weather becomes unfavorable, and also to help you beat the mid-to-late summer painting rush, at which point you may find most quality painting contractors are fully booked.
When conducting your walk-through, inspect all areas of your exterior for failing/peeling paint or cracked caulking. If your paint job is still under warranty, bring these areas to your painter’s attention and they should be able to fix the problem areas for you, depending upon the terms of your warranty. When you hire Sound Painting Solutions for your exterior paint job, you will receive the peace of mind that comes with a two-year warranty to correct conditions such as this, should they appear.
If you are completing touch-up work on your own, we recommend scraping and lightly sanding the areas where you find peeling paint. After that, you should apply primer to the now-exposed area. Finally, apply your exterior paint seam-to-seam or throughout the entire board. This is especially important – do not only simply apply paint to the area you scraped! This helps minimize the appearance of flashing. Should you discover cracking caulking, re-caulk the problem area, and then prime and paint over the area as described above.
A pristine exterior paint job not only increases your home’s curb appeal; it also helps protect its trim, flashing and siding from damage from the elements. That’s why maintaining your paint is so important — letting it bubble and flake between paint jobs can end up harming your house.
Fortunately, you can prevent damage with annual paint touch-ups. Here’s how to do it right.