Exterior Painting in Oklahoma City
There are five keys that every homeowner should know before starting any exterior painting in Oklahoma City.
If you ask someone who just hired a painting contractor in Oklahoma City if they are happy, it could be too early to tell. Yes, the contractor might have done the proper prep work and used the correct paint. The lines might be straight, and they respected your property. All that is great; however, it doesn’t tell you if the paint will last.
Five key factors cause paint to fail prematurely, and I hope you take these into account the next time you need your home painted. Honestly, I don’t think most painting contractors practice or even know what they are. But they are no less real. Klappenberger & Son has been painting exterior homes in Oklahoma City since the early 1990s, and we have had plenty of time to see what works and what doesn’t.
The 5 Principles to a 5 Year Warranty:
- Power washing properly
- Using a moisture meter
- Choosing the right primer
- The right amount of topcoats
- Working in cooperation with Mother Nature
Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company of Oklahoma City
Whether you have a rancher or a big home, consider Klappenberger & Son as your exterior painting contractor in Oklahoma City.
With our 30 years of experience, we can advise you on the best products and methods to ensure your home is protected and beautiful.
In addition to being a painting contractor, we also can do other carpentry and handyman projects around your home.
This makes us an ideal one-stop-shop to get your most prized position looking awesome!
Exterior Painting in Oklahoma City: What Do We Do Differently?
#1. Proper Power Washing Techniques
When power washing or pressure washing your exterior, we let the chemicals do the work, not high pressure. We leave the high-pressure to Time Share salespeople.
We use the least amount of chemicals that kill mildew and get rid of dirt and pollen collected on the home.
Our cleaning products will not harm your plants or flowers!
FYI – We insist that the chemical stay on for fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes is the amount of time necessary to kill the mold spores, or they will grow through the paint.
FAQ: About power washing.
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#2. The Moisture Meter
It is impossible to feel the wood and know if the moisture content is low enough to paint. And believe it or not, most painters do not own a moisture meter.
Why this isn’t as important as a paint can opener is beyond me.
FYI – The most likely cause of paint peeling is water.
Almost all paint requires the moisture content to be below 16%.
#3. Choosing the Right Primer
There is no “one size fits all” for exterior primers. Whether you are painting Georgia Pine or pine from Canada, it’s not all the same primer.
What happens if you choose the wrong primer? The paint will peel.
Because the wood, primer, and top coat of paint are not expanding and contracting at the same rate.
With the sharp changing seasons of Oklahoma City, it is important to have all 3 surfaces expanding and contracting at the same rate.
When choosing Klappenberger & Son, we can advise you on which primer will work best with your surface.
#4. Exterior Painting in Oklahoma City: One Coat or Two?
Besides applying two coats satisfies the warranty, it also extends the paint job’s life for years.
For example, the picture on the right clearly shows where someone brushed the edges and seams and then painted the exterior wall with a roller.
The areas that received two coats have significantly more paint left.
Applying a second coat of paint usually adds about 30-35% to the total cost of the job. Considering it can extend the paint job’s life by 5 years, it is a wise investment.
#5. Proper Weather Conditions
We are often asked what season is best for exterior painting. It depends on the temperature. Most manufactures like the temperature to be lower than 90 degrees and above the mid-’30s for at least 24 hours. If paint freezes before it fully dries, then it can lose its ability to cure fully.
Also, if it rains shortly after the surface is painted, the rain can seep through the paint, causing bubbles.
Therefore it is best not to paint when the chance of rain is above 30-40% for the next 24 hours.
Unfortunately, many painting contractors don’t adhere to this principle. Instead, they try to complete the job as quickly as possible and move on to the next.
Because we offer warranties for our exterior painting projects, we follow certain best practices, and one is paying attention to weather conditions.
Klappenberger & Son Is Your Exterior Painting Company in Oklahoma City
Not only do we know the ins and outs of painting, but we also have some terrific carpenters.
Whether you have rotten wood trim boards, a loose handrail, or other exterior maintenance projects, we have you covered.
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