The best way to insure a long-lasting paint job is to remove the paint down to bare wood. That way you might get a job that lasts 15, even 20 years. But this can be a hard sell, as this sort of prep takes more time. In fact, standard paint pricing has been set by contractors who remove only the most obviously loose and peeling paint. In fact, this has created a race to the bottom. Given the pricing, everyone is motivated to do as little paint prep within that range as possible. That’s why too many people think that paint jobs can only last 5 years. If you want to learn about our way of doing paint prep, please let us know. We’ll put your paint job on the top!