By Weinmann Painting
For the Hollywood Star News
Houses built before 1978 (like most houses in the Laurelhurst area) may contain lead paint, which can be harmful to families, yards and pets if not removed properly.
A lead test will be able to tell if lead is present in your home. Test kits are available at paint stores for about $8.
If lead is present, it is extremely important that you follow the proper procedure for safely removing it yourself or that you hire a painting contractor who is also a Certified Lead Contractor. The following steps will show you how to make sure that your home is properly taken care of.
Scrape off all loose paint
Mask off the ground around your home a minimum of 10-20 feet from the house.
Use a half-face respirator with lead filters to protect yourself from lead. These can be bought at paint stores for $80-$100.
If a window in your home does not have a good seal, tape it closed to prevent lead from entering.
Scrape off all loose and peeling paint down to a solid surface.
Use a HEPA vacuum to clean up all lead paint dust, so that it is quickly and easily contained. HEPA vacuums can be rented.
Wash the exterior of the house
To remove dirt and any leftover contaminants, power wash all areas of the house that are to be painted.
Use a mildewcide to help eliminate mildew, moss, and algae from the surface of your house. If the mildew is not properly treated, it can continue to grow under your new paint and possibly allow mildew to enter your home.
Dry. Let the house dry until the moisture content of the wood is 15 percent or less. You will need a moisture meter to test the house.
This step is optional, as it does not necessarily result in a longer-lasting paint job, but does present a more pleasing visual when finished.
Sanding is great for areas that viewed more frequently, such as around your front door.
Sanding can only be done with a HEPA sander vacuum; the best one is made by Festool. This sander vacuum can suck up 99 percent of the dust.
Fill and patch all holes around your home; this gives the house a more polished look when painted and also serves to stop water and insect intrusion.
If the paint that is currently on your home is oil-based, you will need to use an oil-based primer before applying the new paint.
If the paint is not oil-based, a new generation of 100-percent acrylic primers are great options. Test kits can be purchased at paint supply stores if you are unsure whether your current paint in oil- or water-based.
Siliconized and elastomeric caulks are both great options. Make sure the one you choose is rated for at least 50 years; these caulks may be a bit more expensive, but the longevity they provide is worth it. Caulking is one of the best ways to protect your home from water entering and causing dry rot.
Choosing the right paint
Use 100-percent acrylic paint, with a guarantee of 20 years or more.
The body of the house is usually painted with a flat or velvet sheen. The flat hides flaws better, while the velvet is better for longevity, color retention, and ease of cleanup. Put up samples of both before painting (if you are hiring a painter, ask that they do this step for you.)
The trim of the house is usually painted with a satin sheen.
Accent colors and doors are usually a high satin to a gloss finish.
All areas of the house should be painted with two full coats; paint manufacturers will not guarantee their paint unless two coats at 4 millimeters thick are applied.
The paint needs to be back brushed or back rolled into all areas that are rough or textured. This ensures that the paint is properly covering all areas of the house, which helps to protect the paint job and give it a longer life.
Tips and Tricks for a Great Paint Job
A good paint job typically lasts 10 to 15 years, when all the steps above are followed properly.
If you are hiring a painting contractor, be sure to look at the warranty listed on their contract. A good warranty will be for five years, while a poor one will be for only one or two.
It is important to check out the contractor before you hire one. Check the Oregon Construction Contractors Board to make sure your painter is licensed. This only takes a couple of minutes and could save you thousands of dollars. If your home contains lead paint, it is also important that you check to see if your contractor is certified in lead removal.
Finally, check the painting contractor’s references; it’s a good idea to make sure the painter has at least ten satisfied clients in your neighborhood.
Contact Weinmann Painting at (503) 819-7989.