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Surface Preparation Services

Comparing painters in Nashville? You’re probably looking at services offered, reviews, photos, and that all-important price tag, right? There’s one more thing you really need to add to the list: surface preparation.

Believe it or not, surface preparation literally makes or breaks your painting project. It’s not glamorous, so a lot of painters skim right over it focusing on the more fun aspects of the painting process and the immediate wow factor.

Benefits of Surface Preparation Before Painting

Here’s a practical example: when you’re getting an exterior repaint, your painter will likely talk about how they offer a beautiful, sprayed finish. It sounds like you’re getting the top-shelf treatment, right? Spray finishes are beautiful, and we offer them too, but we start with a back rolling/brushing technique (depending on the type of siding you have) to really work the paint into the substrate. Otherwise you’re just spraying a topcoat that sits on the surface and doesn’t bond nearly as well. That’s a 4-6 year paint job as opposed to our work that routinely lasts 10 years and longer.

Does our way involve more time? Yes, but it’s the right way to do it.

Whether it’s indoors or out, surface preparation sets the stage for a successful painting project. Let’s put it in a better way: it builds a strong foundation. You need to create the right profile for your paint to grip as well as possible, in turn lasting as long as possible.

Surface Preparation for Exterior Painting

Please note that every project is unique, and different types of siding call for a slightly different approach. This summary will help you understand our process in broad terms, but we’ll clearly lay out our recommended approach for your own property in your estimate.

  • Pressure wash to remove mold, mildew, algae, pollen, etc. Even newer siding needs to be washed.

  • Loose, failing caulking is scraped or cut out.

  • We replace the caulk we had to remove, plus caulk air gaps, and use only premium products that are rated for 12+ years.

  • Failing paint is razor scraped to remove it fully. We never simply paint over these sections, otherwise your new paint is gripping onto a surface that’s pulling away from your siding.

  • Rotten wood is addressed and preferably upgraded with PVC.

  • We only use a few select primers for exterior painting. The products we use bond to the surface exceptionally well, and offer superior stain blocking and “hide” qualities. This eliminates discoloration and bleed-through.

  • As we mentioned above, we back roll/ brush at least one coat so that the paint really saturates (depending on your type of siding). Otherwise your paint will lie on top and fail in 4-6 years.

  • Finally, we spray the topcoat for an even finish.

Surface Preparation for Interior Painting

Many of the principles of exterior painting prep apply to interior painting as well: cleaning and preparing the surface is so important. Here’s what that looks like in most cases:

  • We cover your floor in paper, with perimeter paper for all hard floors, and perimeter paper and drop cloths for carpeted areas.

  • We patch any holes using a specialized patching product that minimizes dust during the sanding process.

  • Next, we pole sand your walls to remove old roller fibers, irregularities, drips from past paint jobs, etc.

  • We’ll spot prep the trim as needed.

  • Finally, we’re on to priming and painting!

Why Choose Nash Painting?

Well, because every detail matters. If you want an exceptional paint job that looks fantastic and lasts, you need a Nashville painting company that takes every step seriously. Even the ones that you might not see or fully appreciate until you experience the long-term value.

Surface Painting FAQ

What surface preparation services do you offer?

Cleaning, sanding, caulking, wood repair/replacement, patching, and priming are all essential parts of our process. Even before that, we focus on protecting your home and property overall by carefully masking and covering surfaces. From your hardwood floors to your prized landscaping, we want to make sure your property is protected.

What is surface preparation?

It can look a little different for different types of surfaces (drywall vs. stucco, wood siding vs. brick, etc.), but it can be summed up as the necessary steps for ensuring the very best outcome.

Is surface preparation really necessary?

It absolutely is. If you skip these early precautions you will see unavoidable issues down the road. Our warranties are way beyond industry standards, and that’s only possible because we know from experience what an impact our meticulous approach makes.

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Nash Painting specializes in meeting all your painting and maintenance needs, including: interior and exterior painting, light carpentry, staining, pressure washing, wallpaper removal, and drywall repairs. If you’re looking for a top-quality exterior paint job completed with extensive preparation and premium products, you’ve found it. Nash Painting has built our reputation on excellence, attention to detail, and results that perform. We offer a 10-year warranty, but many of our projects last 12-18 years before it’s time to paint again!

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Nash Painting has a history of outstanding customer service delivered at the highest standard of quality. We are proud to be A+ Rated by the Better Business Bureau and are committed to doing every job with integrity. We have service awards from top contractor websites, including Houzz, Angie's List, and Home Advisor. We’ve been Angie’s List Super Service Award winners since 2010: proof customers value our work. Find out what one of Nashville's favorite painting companies can do for you. Call us to discuss your project today.

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About Nash Painting

At Nash Painting, our business is built on trust: trust in our faith, trust in our team members, and trust in the quality of our work. You don’t want to get a cheap bid, only to be left with shoddy workmanship and greater expenses.

Whether it’s an investment in your home that improves your quality of life or an investment in your business that has a direct impact on your bottom line, every painting or maintenance service you need is valuable. There’s a lot at stake when you hire a painter. So be sure your painting company has your best interest at heart.

When you contact us for an estimate, you receive a comprehensive, transparent quote that accounts for the full value of our services and expertise. We will never take shortcuts or cut corners just to get it done fast. We will do whatever it takes to get your painting and maintenance job done right.

Our painters are licensed, bonded, and insured, and our work speaks for itself. Working with Nash Painting means choosing a trusted, professional painters based in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. We take quality, craftsmanship, and service seriously. And we look forward to putting our painting expertise to work for you.


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Meet Your Painting Project Team

  • Bill Nishanian
    Bill Nishanian
    Servant Leader
  • Anthony Lembo
    Anthony Lembo
    Field Director
  • Linda Nishanian
    Linda Nishanian
    Office Manager
  • Jeff Milam
    Jeff Milam
    Field Supervisor
  • Larry Morrison
    Larry Morrison
    Sales Consultant
  • Rebecca Milam
    Rebecca Milam
    Client Relations