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How to Touch Up Your Exterior Paint This Fall

Ahhh, fall… Here in Connecticut, it’s a season that brings beauty and fresh color to the landscape, making it a perfect backdrop to your home.

As we transition into these cooler and more forgiving months, it's a good idea to touch up your exterior paint before we make the final shift to winter weather. Can that section of peeling paint or wood rot REALLY wait until spring?

In our last article, we covered why fall is actually a wonderful season for exterior painting. Today, let’s dig into what exactly should be on your fall maintenance painting list if a full repaint isn’t necessary.

Inspect Your Home’s Exterior

Before diving into any touch-up work, a thorough inspection is crucial. This ensures that you address all the areas that need attention.

Visual Inspection: Walk around your property and carefully look for signs of wear and tear. This includes peeling, bubbling, or areas where the paint has faded. Also, be on the lookout for mold, mildew, or water stains, which could indicate larger issues.

Physical Inspection: To check the paint's durability, gently press on the painted surfaces. If they feel brittle or show signs of flaking, they might need a touch-up. The "scratch test," where you try to scratch off a small area of paint, can also indicate how well the paint has held up.

Checking Woodwork and Trim: Wooden elements like window frames, shutters, and door frames often bear the brunt of weather changes. Inspect these areas closely for signs of wear, damage, or the beginning of wood rot.

4 Quick Tips for Touching Up Your Exterior Paint

Once you've identified areas that need attention, it's time to get to work.

  1. Surface Preparation: Clean the surface to rid it of dirt, grime, and any chipped paint. This ensures that the new paint adheres properly. Address any mold or mildew issues with a proper cleaner before painting.
  2. Matching the Paint Color: If you have leftover paint from your last job, that's great. If not, you may need to get a small section matched at a local store. Remember, paint can fade over time, so even if you have the original color, it might not match perfectly.
  3. Using the Right Tools: Quality brushes and rollers can make a significant difference. They allow for a smoother application and a better finish.
  4. Sealing and Protecting: After touching up, consider using sealants or treatments. This can help protect the paint from future damage and extend its life.

Or, Hire a Local Professional Painter

While DIY is a popular choice, there's undeniable value in hiring professionals. They bring expertise, have an eye for detail, and are equipped with the right tools to do the job efficiently. A professional team, especially one familiar with the specific challenges of Connecticut, can ensure that your home's exterior remains in pristine condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I check my home's exterior paint?

A: Ideally, an inspection at the change of every season is good. However, a detailed check after summer and winter is crucial.

Q: Can I touch up my home even if it's been several years since the last paint job?

A: Yes, but be aware that even if you use the original paint color, it might not match perfectly due to weathering and fading.

Q: How do I ensure that the touched-up areas blend seamlessly with the rest of the exterior?

A: Using the right tools, properly preparing the surface, and ensuring the paint matches are key steps. If in doubt, consulting a professional can help achieve the best results.

Q: Is there a specific type of paint that fares better in Central Connecticut's climate?

A: Yes, certain paints are formulated to be more resistant to UV rays, humidity, and temperature changes. Consulting with a local painting expert can provide specific recommendations tailored to our region's unique conditions and the specific surface you’re painting. When in doubt, go with higher-quality paint options, steering clear of the bargain brands.

Have More Questions?

Give us a call at Southington Painting! We’d love to put our decades of local painting experience to work for you, helping you keep your home looking its very best all year round.

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