How to Paint a House

How to Paint a House - Exterior Paint Preparation - Step 1


  1. Mix up 1 cup of Trisodium Phosphate, 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of bleach. Spray on siding using a pressure washer or garden hose sprayer.
  2. Strategically place drop clothes down to protect the ground from the cleaning solution.
  3. Spray the cleaning solution onto the walls with a pressure washer. Then rinse the walls down with water. Allow to completely dry for several days before painting.
  4. How to Paint a House - Exterior Paint Preparation - Step 2If your house was built before 1978, you’ll need to test the paint for lead. If you find the paint contains lead, contact a professional painter to remove the paint.
  5. Scrape off the paint using various tools such as a carbide blade scraper, a sander, chemical strippers or heat guns.
  6. Smooth edges with a random orbit sander.
  7. Remove any protruding nails and repair any cracks in the wood with exterior wood glue. Fill nail holes with wood filler and a putty knife.
  8. How to Paint a House - Exterior Paint Preparation - Step 3Smooth down patches with the sander.
  9. Watch the video “Exterior Prime, Caulk and Paint” for the next steps.

Is your home in need of some curb appeal? There’s perhaps no better and more affordable way to add interest to your home’s exterior than by giving it a fresh new coat of paint. Whether it’s time to try a new color, or apply a fresh coat of the same, an exterior painting project will help protect your home’s siding and trim from the elements. And it’s something most do-it-yourselfers can do themselves. All it takes is the right products and some advice from your local home improvement retailer.

How to Paint a House - Exterior Paint Preparation - Step 4In this first video of our two-part series on exterior painting, we’ll show you how to prepare the surface to make sure the paint properly adheres to the substrate. We’ll demonstrate the best methods for cleaning the surface and removing flaking paint. And we’ll give you the same surface preparation tips the pros use to ensure your finish will last for years to come.

So let’s get started.

The first step in any painting project, whether painting inside or out, is to make sure you have a clean surface to start with. To clean the siding of this house, we’re going to mix up a solution of one gallon of water, one cup of Tri Sodium Phosphate (TSP) and one cup of bleach into our sprayer tank. We’ll spray our cleaning and de-glossing solution onto the siding working in small areas. Then we’ll rinse with our pressure washer, making sure we use a low angle, as well as a low-pressure tip designed for washing siding, like the one I’m holding here. As you’ll notice I’m fully protected during this process, wearing a rain coat, rubber gloves and safety goggles.

I’ve also placed drop cloths and plastic sheeting on plants and anything else that might be damaged by this powerful cleaning solution. We’ll start from the top and work our way down, working from side to side.

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Dpeends on wheat you are painting

Wood? Vinyl? Aluminum? Hardiplank? Georgia pacific siding?
What type of wood? What color paint? What sides of the house are exposed to sun/heavy weather, and to what extent? How is the current paint-- peeling/blistering, or requires repair?
Sherwin and Benj Moore are making excellent paints with longterm guarantees. However, if you prep wrong, or apply it wrong, or are applying it over the wrong material, you might as well go with the cheap stuff and repaint in 3-5 years.

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  —
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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  • Avatar outbackprophet What router bit would you need to make horizontal wooden siding?
    Apr 23, 2007 by outbackprophet | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)
    • You would be better-off getting a shaper with the head shapes that were recommended. Even with a router table it is hard to control the passage of the wood past the router cutters. The shaper makes it easy and keeps you from ruining a long piece of wood.