Exterior Painting Checklist

Procedure:
  • All areas to be painted are to be treated with Daly's Deck & House Cleaner.
  • Each side of the structure should be treated, and then rinsed well before proceeding to the next side. Follow directions on the label.
  • The homeowner is to be made aware if the structure is to be pressure-washed.
  • After structure is thoroughly dry (approx. 2 days) scrape all areas showing loose paint and any questionable areas.
  • All bare wood is to be primed, including joints to be caulked.
  • Caulk around all windows and doors.
  • Existing caulk, in poor shape, should be removed and replaced with fresh caulk.
  • Caulk any questionable joints and cracks.
  • Paint the structure with specified products; if coating is to be applied by an airless sprayer, back rolling or back brushing must follow immediately.
  • All materials and colors are to be approved by the homeowner prior to application.
  • Painting should not occur if there is any threat of precipitation that day.
  • Do not paint in direct sunlight.
  • All instructions printed on containers and technical data sheets must be followed.
When Hiring a Professional Painter:
  • When hiring a painting contactor, an all-inclusive bid must be submitted by the contactor and signed by the homeowner prior to the commencement of any work.
  • All work is to be completed on a timely basis, with inclement weather to be taken into consideration.
  • The painting contractor will provide proof of insurance, bond, and Washington State contractors license prior to the start of any work.
  • If anything unusual arises, the job should be stopped, a remedy agreed upon and approved by the owner in writing. Example: Dry rot located that needs to be repaired.
Special Considerations:
  • When using latex paint, it is generally recommended that the weather sides of the home receive two coats of paint. It will increase the life of the paint job considerably.
  • When using multiple containers of the same paint, “box” them together to ensure uniformity.
  • When storing a partially used container of paint, float a piece of cardboard cut to the size of the can opening. This helps keep paint fresh for long periods of time.
  • You can save work by only cleaning a brush at the end of the job. To store: take a brush that's still in use, wrap it in plastic wrap, and store it in the freezer. To use: run under tap water until thawed, then unwrap, and voila!

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