Proper preparation before any paint job is important, but when it comes to an exterior project, the necessity for such is even more heightened. Exterior surfaces receive a lot of pressure from the environment, so taking your time to do a high quality job that will last is paramount. Due to exteriors being exposed to inclimate weather, it is common to have holes, cracks, and gaps to fill before repainting. Caulking and repainting will not only enhance the aesthetic of your home, but will also help it to be more functional - caulk can serve as a barrier between the outdoor elements and the interior of your house.
Caulk is the substance for the job of filling unwanted crevaces in your exterior! Do some research ahead of time to determine which type of this gummy concoction is best for your job.
Once you've selected the ideal caulk, prepare the surface for caulking. This may involve washing, drying, and/or repairing the surface. Removing dirt and debris allows the caulk to adhere solidly to the surface, making for a seamless repair. An entire replacement of a section of the exterior may be necessary before caulking and painting if the exterior is rotting or disintegrating.
Follow the instructions on the package for applying the caulk to the damaged surface. Tips for caulking!
Wait until the caulk is dry, according to the recommended dry time on the packaging. Once the caulk is thoroughly dry, paint the surface. Most caulks allow paint to adhere to them, but read the directions and determine whether you will need to apply a primer before painting over the caulk.