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Exterior Paint Preparation Instructions

  • Exterior Paint Preparation

    A fresh coat of exterior paint is a terrific way to give your home a “face lift.” It repels weather, protects the investment you’ve made in your property, and adds curb appeal if you’ve decided to sell. Painting is a relatively simple do-it-yourself project the whole family can help with. And by inviting friends over, it becomes a social get-together that can be fun. But before you get out the brushes and paint, there are some steps you should take to prepare your house for painting. Following these easy “prep steps” will help make sure you wind up with beautiful results that also last a long time.

  • Overview

    Your first step in preparing to paint your house is to actually wash your house. You will then have to repair any damaged areas such as damaged siding. You should remove any loose paint so that your new paint job adheres to a solid base. Finally, you need to caulk seams and tape and cover your windows to protect them from paint splashes and drips.

  • Clean the Exterior

    Start by thoroughly cleaning the outside of your home, as paint won’t stick to dirt, grease, grime or dust. The best way to get great results is to use a brush attachment for your hose, which often come with a reservoir for liquid soap. If you don’t have access to an extended brush, you can also carefully climb a ladder and wash the siding by hand with rags or sponges. Be sure that you rinse the house from top to bottom if you use a soap solution. Start at the top and work your way down the sides of the house. If your siding has areas of mold, mildew or discoloration, wash it with an anti-fungal cleaner, which is available in most hardware and home center stores.

  • Repair Damaged Siding

    On wood siding, you should fill in any gouges or holes with an exterior-grade patching compound, or "plastic wood". This works well for smaller gouges, but larger damaged areas should really be replaced with a new piece of siding.

  • Remove Blistering Paint

    If the damage is not very extensive, you can remove the blistered paint with a paint scraper, putty knife and wire brush. For more extensive problems, you can remove the paint with a power washer, but you should be careful, as misusing the washer can create devastating results to your insulation and interior walls. The key is to not point the washer upwards and under shingled siding.

  • Use a Heat Gun

    To remove larger areas of damaged paint, or multiple layers, you can use a heat gun. Aim it at an area to soften the paint, and then scrape away the paint with a putty knife as soon as it begins to blister. If the paint begins to smoke, you are holding the heat gun in one spot for too long. After you have removed blistered paint, sand the edges of the area to help the new paint cover and hide the edge.

  • Use a Rotary Paint Remover

    You can also use a rotary paint remover that you attach to an electric drill. Its stiff wire tines quickly remove large areas of paint. Take care not to press too hard on the siding, as it could gouge the wood.

  • Caulk the Seams

    Caulk all cracks, seams and gaps with a top-quality, paintable exterior caulk. This includes areas like the perimeter where siding meets windows and doors, corners and the edges of exterior trim. Cracks and seams leave edges where fresh paint can quickly begin to deteriorate.

  • Mask off Windows & Trim

    Next, mask off areas that you are not going to paint. You might want to place masking tape along the edge of house trim, and around window and door frames and trim if you plan on painting these in a different color or different type of paint. You can also tape newspaper or plastic drop cloth material over windows and doors, including sliding glass doors, to protect them from drips.

  • Cover Sensitive Areas

    Place plastic drop cloths over plants and shrubs, or where paint may drip on porches, roof sections, sidewalks, driveways or other surfaces. Now you’re ready to go on to paint!


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