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Preparing to Paint the Exterior of Your House: An Interview with Kyle Junick of The Junick Group Inc. fka Summit Painting

By Kyle Junick

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a locally owned and operated commercial and residential painting contractor. We have been in business for over 20 years and offer high quality interior and exterior painting. We can do anything from drywall repair, epoxy floors, stain work, and general interior and exterior painting. Our motto is "Quality & Integrity Assured" and our ownership team and employees stand by that motto.

What is the first step that homeowners in New Mexico should take before starting to paint the exterior of their house?

They should examine the substrate they are wanting to paint or stain (i.e., stucco, wood beams, soffit, fascia, etc.) and make sure there isn't any rotting wood or major stucco cracks they should have repaired or replaced. We have a harsh sun in New Mexico and it can take a toll on the exterior of our houses, especially on exterior wood.

What are the basic options that people have when it comes to the paint and materials?

There are a few options for exterior finishes depending on the substrate. If someone wants to repaint their exterior stucco, soffit, fascia, wood paneling, etc., they are going to want to use a high-quality 100% acrylic exterior paint. A really good option for stucco is elastomeric paint. It has a rubbery finish to it and does a good job flexing with the house as it settles during the different seasons. For the southwest style houses that have a lot of stained wood I recommend re-staining the wood annually or every other year with a high-quality exterior stain.

Can you briefly describe the main steps involved in the process of painting the exterior of a home? How long does everything typically take?

The first thing you want to do is scrape off any loose or peeling paint so the new product you apply has a good surface to adhere to. After the loose paint is removed I recommend using an exterior wood primer on any raw wood spots. The next step would be to fill any holes or cracks with a latex, paintable caulking. Once the house is properly prepped you're ready to start painting! The amount of time it's going to take to prep and paint the outside depends on how weathered the surface is and how much prep work is involved.

How should the siding of a home be prepared before painting?

If any of the siding is peeling I recommend scraping off the loose paint and priming it with an exterior wood primer. Also, if there are any areas that are cracking or weathered I recommend caulking them with a latex, paintable caulking or filling holes with a wood filler.

Do you have any tips for people in the New Mexico area when it comes to exterior house painting?

Don't let your wood siding, garage door frames or wood beams get too weathered. The longer they are left to weather the more prep work is involved and the more expensive the project will be. Like I mentioned earlier, I recommend re-staining your exterior wood once a year or every other year so it doesn't dry out or weather too much. If you are painting your exterior soffit, fascia, wood siding, etc., I recommend using a high-quality exterior paint and applying two heavy coats.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

They can call our office at (505) 856-7088 or email me directly at kyle@summitpainting505.com.

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