Do I need to Pressure Wash before Exterior Painting?

Pressure Washing

Do I need to Pressure Wash before Exterior Painting?

One of the most critical steps to exterior painting is preparation. For exterior paint to adhere correctly – and last longer – pressure washing is crucial in the process. In almost all cases, our painting crew will need to pressure wash the exterior of your home before painting it.

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:

Professional exterior painters know how to properly pressure wash, prepare, repair the surfaces, and paint your home. This is not a DIY sort of job. Paying a professional painter is the best option.
But can you save some money by doing the pressure washing yourself before they paint? It’s tempting, but here are several reasons you should let the professional painters handle that job as well:
  • 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:

If it’s time to paint your home’s exterior, don’t compromise on the process. Our professional painting crews at Home Works Painting in Northern Virginia are trained and experienced with pressure washing to ensure a professional and long-lasting paint job. Contact us to schedule a free estimate of your project!
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