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How-To: Prep Your Home's Exterior For Painting

How-To: Prep Your Home's Exterior For Painting

I'm sure many of you have painted a room in your home at least once. I've done it countless times. But painting our home's exterior somehow seems more daunting. Granted, there are ladders involved, but it's not really much more difficult. The main difference is that it requires a bit more prep work than painting your bedroom, since nature will take a toll on your siding. To learn how to prep your home's exterior for painting,

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  1. First off, you'll need to clean the outside of your house. A good power washing will do, and then let it dry.
  2. There may be holes in your wood siding, so you should fill them with an exterior-grade patching compound. Note: you may need to call in a professional to replace the siding if damage is more extensive.
  3. Next, scrape off loose, peeling paint with a putty knife, and then power wash it once again to get all the flaking paint off.
  4. Use sandpaper to smooth out the edges where you removed old paint.
  5. Now, use paintable exterior caulk to fill in cracks and other gaps.
  6. Like you would with the trim and floors inside your home, mask off areas that shouldn't be painted with painter's tape, and lay down tarps to protect the areas below where you'll be painting — sidewalks and driveways especially.

 

Stay tuned for the next step in the process: painting. While you wait, sign up for the Glidden National Paint Giveaway before July 2, and you'll get a free quart of Eggshell finish paint within three to four weeks! I heart freebies, don't you?

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