12 Oct Do I need to Pressure Wash before Exterior Painting?
A Clean Surface is Critical:
Your home’s exterior might look clean, but that doesn’t mean that it is. There’s likely dust, mildew, dirt, and other buildups on the surface. The surface must be as clean as possible for the primer and paint to adhere correctly and last longer. Pressure washing is an efficient way to remove any buildup to ensure proper paint application. While it might be tempting to skip the cleaning process, painters would be doing you a big disservice.
Benefits of Professional Pressure Washing:
- Proper Handling: Professional painters have the experience and training to handle industrial pressure washers. They know which, if any, cleaning agents to use and when and where to use them. They also know which machine attachments to use and how to handle the pressure hose without causing any surface damage while cleaning.
- Professional Cleaning: A professional or industrial-strength pressure washer or power washer is up to 50 times more powerful than a regular hose. It provides more efficient and professional-quality cleaning. It should be handled only by someone with experience; otherwise, there’s a risk of personal injury or severe damage to a home’s exterior!
- Drying Time: Once a home is pressure washed, it may be painted. However, the surface must be thoroughly dry first. Several factors affect drying time, including surface materials, ambient temperature, sun exposure, the season of the year, etc. Painters can determine when the surface is ready to be painted. Primer or paint applied while any moisture is in or on the surface will be compromised and flake prematurely. We’ve seen this happen. It’s yet another reason to hire reputable and experienced painters to pressure wash and paint.
Professional Pressure Washing and Exterior Painting Services:
Mike Katounas is the owner of Home Works Painting, a painting business in Northern Virginia. He has over 15 years of experience in residential interior and exterior painting, drywall installation/repair, carpentry, wallpaper removal, power washing, commercial painting, color consultation, and staining/sealing. Their service areas include Chantilly, Fairfax, Herndon, Oakton, Reston. Mike takes pride in his work, and he always follows a strict code of conduct that includes the use of quality paint, a clean workspace, and an honest, respectful approach to his customers.