The Exterior Home Painting Diaries

Painting the exterior of a 2 tale residence can be rather a daunting task. This is particularly true for those that became AARP eligible a couple of years back, are not quite as agile as they made use of to be and have aging knees and/or a fear of climbing up tall ladders.

Prepare the Surface to be Painted

The initial and essential part of exterior painting includes Subtrate or Surface Preparation. If the surface isn't really prepared the paint may not stick appropriately or there may be early peeling.

The surface we were painting was the existing alluminum siding.

We made use of an option of TSP and water applied and after that rubbed onto the siding with a car wash brush.
If there is mildew on the surface, bleach can be added to the cleaning solution in a ratio of 1 component bleach to 4 components water.
Make use of a hose pipe to rinse each section after cleaning.
The surface area needs to be completely completely dry prior to it can be painted.
Ladders Have Their Limitations
Functioning from scratch we graduated from 4 to 8 ft. ladders to finish the reduced part of the house.

We then leased a Boom Lift for the upper story. It was the most effective means to obtain at the high tops and those areas where it would certainly be hard to discuss the pitch of the roofing system.

Select Your Paint

We selected a Glidden semi-gloss latex exterior paint and had it tinted to match the exterior siding on the adjacent barn. All we needed to do was provide Home Depot a piece of the house siding and they matched the color wonderfully!

While they were blending the paint we gathered

paint brushes of differing sizes
paint trays
painter's tape
See to it you have all the materials available so you do not have to disturb your work for a buying run.

Dealing with a boom truck can be intimidating!

For starters you have to have an SUV or truck that can towing it home.
It has a control panel with great deals of switches and directions.
Prior to it will raise you there are plenty of safety and security functions that need to be used.
When you position the lift you intend to make certain the arm of the boom will certainly have clearance to steer the container around as much of the surface area you wish to repaint.
This is necessary due to the fact that when you should move the lift to a different area it is not easy.
As long as we were out an incline we can press it a very brief range.
When it needed to be positioned on a different side of the residence it was needed to raise the outriggers, safeguard the boom in a stowed setting, hitch it back up to the truck and tow it about. This is one hefty piece of equipment!

Possible Hazards

There are some possible threats you have to watch out for:

telephone cords
electric cables
where the outriggers that lift the tires off the ground and stabalize it are going to land (you do not want to crush plants and specifically feet!).
Take care not to come touching Electrical Wires.
Beware not to come in contact with Electrical Wires|Resource.
Using the Boom Lift Bucket.
Our boom had a pail that can fit 2 people approximately 500 pounds total. This function permitted us to be much more effective as we can paint the surface twice as rapid as simply one person could.

There was find this space for a paint tray and could of paint on the floor. When situated appropriately the boom might move us up, down and throughout a huge surface area.

Working with tall ladders would have been a lot more hard! Not just would it have actually been more precarious, just consider having to move them every couple of feet and afterwards climbing and down all day while carrying your can of paint and brush. Using a roller would be out of the question.

Using a Boom Truck is the Answer!

With some method the boom is simple to operate.
You can not aid however feel safe and safe when up in the container.
The self leveling outriggers boil down, lift the tires off the ground and secure it in place.
The emergency brake is employed.
The key needs to be changed to manage the bucket and it can be regulated from the ground or inside the pail.
I would certainly recommend the use of a boom lift for anyone that has to paint the outside of a 2 or more tale residence (it has a reach of 50 ft!!).

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