Prep & Exterior Painting


1. Wash you’re siding with an inexpensive hose- mounted brush, such as a car-washing brush. Work from the top of the wall to the bottom. Use household detergent on tough spots and rinse all soapy areas thoroughly.


2. Scrape away peeling paint with a paint scraper. Don’t gouge the wood, and be sure to change (or sharpen) the scraper blade frequently to make the work go faster.


3. Use 100-grit sandpaper over a sanding block to smooth the scraped areas. Feather the edges so they match the surrounding surface.


4. Use a flap sander mounted in an electric l (or a cordless drill for very quick jobs) to remove peeling paint from curved surfaces. This tool works on both concave and convex boards.


5. On larger scraped areas, use an electric sander to smooth the surface. U e 100-grit sandpaper and be sure to brush the sanding dust off he siding or trim when you’re done.


6. Fill any cracks between the siding and the door and window trim using a caulk gun and paintable, exterior caulk. Fill deep cracks in a couple of passes to keep the caulk from smearing on the siding.


7. Prime and then paint all sanded areas. And, try not to over-brush. Because paint tends to fade over time, your touch-ups will look brighter than the original paint covering. Keeping their size as small as possible will make them less noticeable.


8. Try to remove any paint splatters from window glass before they dry. Once the paint hardens ifs much harder to remove.