Need the truth on exterior home painting

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"John Leeke" <JohnLeeke*remove*this*spam*blocker*@HistoricHomeWorks. com> wrote in

ok here goes and in case your wondering 15 years of experience talking here.
1. caulk yes between board and along windows and trim boards but not not along the bottoms (this allows water to escape)
2. how long it last depends on quality of paint and application, location, local weather ect... if you want to be sure that the warranty they are telling you is accurate get a warranty in writing which will include a visit from the paint supply who will verify the paint was applied correctly.
3.spraying will get into all the little cracks and crevices on the siding but back rolling will tend to even out the texture as well as adding texture to the finished surface which helps hide defects
4.time estimates...hmmm again depends on area and local weather. heat and humidity affect curing time. number of colors roughness of surface aslo affect time. But in my experience a 2 color house (1 for base 1 for trim) shouldn't take more than 5 days unless there is an extreme amount of prep work (caulking scraping ect)
5. No putty it'll dry out and crack or fall out completely, simply have them caulk the nail heads. This seals the nail hole as well as preventing rust from bleeding through.
7. 2 coats are better than one. seals better and better chance of even color with less bleeding.
8. Yes old surface imperfections will show through, ways around this....flat paint will hide imperfections and the lighter the paint the less they'll show.
estimates...you get what you pay for but some people will try to rob you, look at the mid-low bids talk to some of the slightly higher biders and you'll be supprised when they're willing to drop a couple hundred dollars to get the job. also check the yellow pages, people who take out the nicer adds are your first choice. Questionable painters seldom have the extra cash to spend several hundred dollars on an add, This is a 100% way of telling but its a good start.
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uh i meant this ISN'T 100% way of telling but it's a good start
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