Exterior Painting Preparation: Tips & Tricks by A Clean Look

Embarking on a Chicago-style exterior painting project? Follow these time-tested exterior painting tips from A Clean Look to ensure your house is the talk of the neighborhood for all the right reasons!

Contact us today for a free estimate on your next exterior painting job in Chicago or the north suburbs.

Phone:    (773) 419-1718

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Chicago Exterior Painting Prep Tips

  1. Weather Watch: Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress when it comes to exterior painting. Try to choose a time to paint when there is little chance of rain, high winds or extreme temperatures. If she doesn’t play nice, just remember – in Chicago, the weather can change in a heartbeat!

  2. Protect the Land: We’re painters, not gardeners! Cover your plants, flowers, and lawn with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect them from paint drips and spills. Consider it their personal invisibility cloak against unwanted paint colors!

  3. Clean the Canvas: Picture your house as an artist’s canvas – it needs to be clean for the masterpiece to come! Pressure wash the exterior to remove any dirt, grime, and loose paint. Watch out, pigeons!

  4. Smooth the Surface: Chicago homes, like Chicago hot dogs, come with a lot of extras. Repair cracks, holes, and flaky patches on the exterior surfaces. It’s like Botox for your house – smoothing out those little imperfections for a more youthful appearance.

  5. Prime Time: Using a primer will make your paint adhere better and last longer, and it’s especially important on repaired or stained surfaces. Think of it as the undergarments of the painting world – not always necessary, but when you need them, you REALLY need them.

  6. Mask the Details: Use painter’s tape to protect areas like window and door frames, light fixtures, and trim from the paint’s unintended splatters. You wouldn’t want your house to look like it was hit by a passing paintball fight!

  7. Ladder Safety: Always position your ladder on solid, level ground and don’t overreach when you’re up there. This isn’t the circus, and we don’t recommend high-wire acts!

  8. Paint Application: Paint from top to bottom, allowing gravity to help prevent drips. This isn’t just for a more uniform finish – it also stops any ambitious paint drips from staging a coup and taking over your siding.

  9. Dry and Recoat: Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before deciding if you need a second coat. We know waiting is the hardest part, but trust us, the final result is worth the patience!

That’s it, folks! With these tips in mind, you’ll be painting like a pro in no time. And remember, if you ever feel like painting is a chore, A Clean Look is here to lighten the load. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote. Let us lend a hand and give your exterior painting project the professional touch it deserves.


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Interior Painters in Chicago

We offer a variety of benefits for homeowners looking to update their living spaces.

By choosing the right painter, taking the time to prepare the surface and following best practices, you can achieve a beautiful and long-lasting finish.

Whether you’re painting a single room or the entire house, a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference in the look and feel of your home.


Let the best Chicago exterior painters in the city help you with your next painting project. Contact us today for a free estimate on your exterior painting or interior painting job in Chicago or the north suburbs.

5444 N La Crosse Ave
Chicago, Il 60630

Phone:    (773) 777-0048
Fax:        (773) 777-0048
Cell:        (773) 419-1718
Email:     sam@acleanlook.com

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Chicago Exterior Painting Services

If you need any kind of exterior paint work done, we can assist you and give you a free estimate.

We can handle all exterior painting jobs and below are some pages related to our Chicago exterior painting services.

🧑🏼‍🎨 Exterior Painting Services for Homes –  Chicago exterior house painters provide top-notch painting services for residential homes in the Chicago area.

🧑🏼‍🎨 Exterior Painting Services for Businesses – Chicago Commercial Exterior Paint Contractors. Paint services for businesses in Chicago.