The key to beautiful exterior paint jobs is always surface preparation. There are three steps to a good surface prep job:
- Clean the surface using soapy water for siding or a pressure washer for bricks and masonry
- Remove any loose paint, fill and sand smooth on surface to be painted
- Prime and seal surfaces with the appropriate prime
Traditionally, because of our climate and its extremities, oil paint has been the first choice of painters due to its durability outside. While oil (or alkyd as it is often called) is a good candidate for exteriors, it is not particularly good for the environment. The fumes from the paint release harmful vapors called VOCs into the atmosphere. Cleaning tools used with oil paints requires solvents which are also harmful in the air we breathe and in our water.