Power Wash, Scrape and Complete External Repairs of House Siding
By Mark J. Donovan
||Check for Lead Based Paint First
If your house was built prior to 1978 then you should have your house inspected for lead based paint. Lead based paint is hazardous to your family’s health and should be professionally removed before beginning any work on repainting the exterior of your old house.
Power Wash, Scrape and Complete External Repairs
If the exterior paint used on your old house is free from lead paint then begin the process of painting your home by first pressure washing and scraping the entire house.
Make sure you allow sufficient time for the house siding to completely dry after power washing.
In addition, putty any dings in the siding, or if the area has significant water damage you may want to literally reside the affected area. Also, 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.
Also avoid painting directly in the sun, so plan your painting accordingly, e.g. paint the west facing side in the morning and the east facing side in the afternoon.
Assemble the right Equipment
You will probably need ladders as well as paint buckets, brushes and potentially paint sprayers. You should also have rags, twine and drop clothes at hand.
|Cover the surrounding Area
Cover the surrounding shrubs and flowerbeds with drop clothes. You may want to use twine to tie up the shrubs so that they don’t rub up against the house.
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 a badly needed exterior paint job, the higher the risk the home will suffer significantly from 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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