6 steps for painting your home's exterior

6 steps for painting your home's exterior

The exterior of your home is exposed to many elements, which lead to chipping, cracking and general wear. Below are some tips to help your next exterior paint job hold up to the heavy task at hand.

1.  Powerwash

Powerwashing your home’s exterior will help remove a lot of the paint before scraping and will also help remove dirt and oxidation from the siding. Make sure you are thorough and hit every spot so that you won’t be painting over contaminates.

2. Let it dry 

Let the house dry for a couple of days to ensure that your siding is dry. Any moisture you attempt to paint over will pop off within time because you are trapping moisture under the finish. Moisture will also push off your coating.

3. Scrape

You won’t have to scrape like crazy if your powerwashing job was done correctly. Take a fairly sharp scraper and peel and scrape the siding until you have a good, solid edge. Don’t assume that the new paint will cover up or hold down any loose ends or gaps you leave behind – the paint will not act as a glue.

4. Caulk

Caulk any gaps at the corners where the siding meets corner edge boards and around window and door frames. Also caulk at any ledge where the siding meets brick or concrete below along with where the soffit meets the siding. Finally, caulk the siding around any spigot or pipe that extrudes through your siding.

5. Primer

Have the primer tinted to the finish color, which will stop you from having to paint areas that have been primed twice. Add primer to all bare wood surfaces and paint peels. Any new wood replacements should be primed painted on all six sides before installation. 

Do not apply the primer in direct sunlight, which will make the primer dry too fast and not perform the way it should. Try to move around the house to remain in the shaded areas and let the caulking and primer dry for 24 hours before applying your finishing coat of paint.

6. Paint

You are now ready to apply your paint. Cover all bushes, plants and sidewalks before you begin. Paint the soffit, fascia and eves first. This keeps you from dripping any paint onto the siding below. 

Choose a good quality roller cover and brush to help the paint cover better and stay where it should with little splatter. Make sure as you are painting the siding that you do not build up paint in the gaps between the siding overlap, as these boards expand and contract at different rates and may bubble or cause peeling. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Tim Touhey is the owner of TNT Dynamite Decorators, providing exterior painting services in Chicago. Since 1987, TNT Dynamite Deocrators has specialized in interior and exterior painting, drywall repair, faux finishing, staining, wallpapering and power washing. 

As of July 15, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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Subject: Caulk doesn't stick to bare

Caulk doesn't stick to bare wood. After scraping do all priming and then do your caulking. Paint is designed to adhere to both caulk and primer so you don't need to go back and apply primer over the caulk.

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