Complete External Repairs to Home Siding
By Mark J. Donovan
||Putty any dings in the siding, or if the area has significant damage you may want to literally reside the area. Make sure all nails are properly sunk into the wood. You may even want to putty in the nail holes for a really finished look.
Apply Primer to Siding
Prior to applying exterior paint to your new home, a primer should first be applied if the siding is not already pre-primed. The primer helps the paint adhere to the wood siding and provides a more uniform look.
If it is an existing home and you are re-painting, use a power washer to remove dirt and grime from the siding. Priming is probably not necessary if the paint color is to remain the same or stay similar.
Check the Weather Report
Make sure the weather will be dry and sunny long enough for you to complete the painting task scheduled for the day and to allow time for it to dry. Typically most paints require the temperature to be at least 50 degrees for proper application and drying.
Paint the Windows and Doors, and associated Trim First
Paint the doors, windows and associated trim first, as this will prevent ladder marks on the otherwise newly painted siding. Make sure you leave the windows open a little so that the window paint has time to dry, thus alleviating stuck windows.
|Paint the Siding Last
Start the siding painting at the top and work left to right and down, moving the ladder frequently to prevent lap marks.
Exterior painting is a big undertaking for a homeowner. Prior to starting this job, develop a reasonable schedule and staffing needs (spouse, friends, and children help). If it looks like you will lack the time or help, then consider employing a painting contractor rather than waiting on painting the house.
The longer you wait on applying the exterior paint, the higher risk the home will have to weather damage.
See the Installing Interior Window Ebook from HomeAdditionPlus.com. The Installing Interior Window Trim Ebook provides easy to understand, step-by-step instructions, on how to install interior window trim around a window. Pictures are included for every key step in the process.
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