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How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home:

By Stephen Kapski

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Started as a family owned and operated business in 1969. I worked as an apprentice for a local painting company part time and on weekends while attending school and full time in Summer. I found that I enjoyed the craft. Finished my apprenticeship and started on full time doing residential and light commercial painting. Was made foreman after 3 years and went out on my own in 1969. We do residential and light commercial painting, pressure washing, masonry repairs and wallcovering. We also offer carpentry, electric and plumbing along with other associated work with our long term subcontractors.

What are some signs that someone should repaint the exterior of their house even if they have not reached their year limit?

You will notice a buildup of mold, mildew, chalk, surface dirt, stains, erosion of paint film and slight, spotty paint failure. Caulk will separate and window putty will be cracked or missing.

What is the general rule of thumb for gauging gallons of paint and square footage?

A typical gallon of high quality paint will cover approximately 350 to 400 sq. ft. after proper priming.

How should someone prep their house prior to painting the exterior?

The first thing is to check for lead paint. If your house was built before 1978 it may have lead paint on it. It is critical to contain this product; not let it escape into the atmosphere, protect inhabitants, workers and pets from it. We are registered with the countries RRP program which instructs all workers on best practices. Gently pressure wash, thoroughly scrape and sand to remove loose and flaking paint. Prime, caulk and apply high quality paint. Of course contain and remove any debris daily. Post signs that say that this work is ongoing and yellow caution tape to restrict access.

What temperature range is most conducive to painting outside?

Between 40 and 90 degrees and not in direct sunlight on hot days. Not to paint if expecting rain.

What is the situation with applying oil-based paint of latex or vice versa?

Most oil paints are not VOC compliant, Some are and should be used only in certain situations. Painting over water based paint with oil based paint requires thorough sanding. Oil paint should not be applied over water based paints.

What benefits are associated with hiring a professional painter for the outside of your home than attempting to do it yourself?

Most homeowners do not have sufficient information on how to avoid the pitfalls of choosing correct paint type, how to be safe on ladders, why to only use VOC compliant paints, how and when to caulk, how to putty a window and what type of tools to use. Not having to risk injury, have the work redone if it fails and an expedient process allowing homeowner to resume normal life.

What is the best way for someone to contact your or your business?

By email at steve@kapskipainting.com or phone at 610.565.8571.

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