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  • Cleaning and Sanding Walls before Painting

    CertaPro Painters of Minneapolis South & St Louis Park, MN is here to remind you that sanding walls before painting is very important for a quality paint job.

    Sanding Walls Before PaintingThe exterior painters of CertaPro Painters of Minneapolis South & St Louis Park, MN understand that painting prep work is almost as fun as watching paint dry—not quite, but pretty close! All joking aside, painting preparation may not be the most fun thing in the world. However, it’s absolutely imperative if you wish to obtain painting results that will last for many years to come. Preparation is incredibly important to our exterior painters. As professional house painters, we can tell you that 80% of the work that we put into a painting project is in the preparation.

    When painting an outside surface, you want to ensure it is properly cleaned and sanded so that the new paint can hold on to the desired surface. Our Edina, MN house painters are here to provide tidbits of preparation steps that you should perform before painting the exterior of your home. Please carefully read through the following preparation steps if you desire long-lasting painting results:

    1. First, cover any nearby shrubbery, windows, and air conditioning units with drop cloths. Close all windows and detach any shutters or other exterior objects that you do not intend on painting.
    2. Gently clean the exterior surface with a power washer to remove any dirt particles and chipped paint fragments. For tips on power washing techniques, please refer to the Power Washing article brought to you by the expert exterior painters of CertaPro Painters of Minneapolis South & St Louis Park, MN.
    3. Use a putty knife to scrape away remaining pieces of paint until you have scrubbed off as much as possible.
    4. The next step is sanding walls before painting. Using 120-grit sandpaper, sand all wood surfaces until smooth. Make sure to sand with the grain or else you could shred the wood. For considerably sizable areas we recommend using an orbital sander which is an electric power tool that makes things a lot easier for larger sanding projects. Sanding walls before painting can be quite a time consuming process. If you don’t have the time or patience to sand the exterior of your home then there’s always the option of turning to our skilled house painters.

    Once all existing paint has been removed from the exterior of your home, you can begin priming. For more guidance with cleaning and sanding walls before painting the exterior of your home, you can turn to the house painters of CertaPro Painters of Minneapolis South & St Louis Park, MN. You can count on these exterior painters to always have your best interest in mind when it comes to the longevity of the painting on your home.


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CertaPro Painters of Minneapolis South & St. Louis Park, MN
Interior and Exterior House Painting Professionals
7333 Gallagher Drive, Suite 139
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: 800-462-3782