How To Prepare And Paint Your Home's Wood Exterior

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When it is time to repaint the wood exterior of your home, the right preparations and steps can help your new layer of paint look nice and last many years. Here are some steps you can take to help you repaint your home's exterior.

Wash

Your home's exterior can become dirty from weather, mildew, and bird droppings. To wash it clean, use a power washer with a yellow-colored, 15-degree nozzle tip.

Begin washing your home's exterior from the top to the bottom, sweeping back and forth across its surface. Be careful to only spray directly at the exterior of your home and not at an angle, so you don't accidentally force any water underneath any panels of your home's exterior.

Sand

It is important to remove any flaking and peeling paint from the exterior of your home so your new layer of paint can adhere properly to your home's exterior. Otherwise, the new paint will peel off with the old. Fortunately, you only need to remove any areas of old paint that are peeling away from the exterior.

Use a paint scraper to scrape the peeling paint by hand, then use a coarse-grit sanding block to smooth the rough edges. If you have larger areas of peeling paint, an electric hand sander can make it easier for you to remove the old paint and smooth the surface, all in one step. 

Repair

Wood on your home's exterior can dry out and break apart when it is exposed to the elements for too long after the paint has flaked off. For this reason, it is important to keep up on your home's exterior and repaint when necessary. If wood rot has already occurred on your home, it is recommended that you sand it off or cut it out to remove the dried, rotted section of wood, then patch it with an epoxy patching compound, which you can find in the paint section of most home improvement stores. 

Paint

Before painting, it is important to cover any fixtures and mask around windows on your home. Cover any areas you don't want painted. This can include any bushes or vegetation sitting close around the foundation of your home, which you can cover with a painting tarp.

If any areas of your home's exterior have been stripped to the bare wood or treated with any repair epoxy, it is important to prime the area before you apply the paint. Choose a primer tinted a different color than the paint color to help you in applying your paint evenly. Use a brush, roller, or paint sprayer to apply your primer and paint.

Apply your paint in two even coats to avoid drips and runs from occurring in the paint. Applying the paint too thickly can cause the paint to drip down your home's exterior, leaving permanent drip markings on your home.

Use this information to prepare and repaint your home's exterior successfully. If you would prefer to have professional assistance with painting the exterior of your home, contact a company like AAA Action Painting.

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