Maybe you’ve had some damage done to your home’s exterior, or maybe you’ve simply decided that you could do with a different look. Whatever the reason, you’re looking into repainting the outside of your home and want to make sure it gets done in the best way possible.
Repainting the wood siding of your home or condo requires, like so much regarding home decor, a careful hand and understanding of proper technique. There are certain steps and processes you’ll need to follow to ensure that your repainting job is carried out correctly, without running paint or splotches spoiling the overall effect.
Here, then, is a quick guide to help you get started when it comes to repainting wood siding outside your home or condo.
Evaluate Areas and Identify Problems
To begin with, before you even pick up a brush, you’re going to need to identify the areas of your wood siding which require a touchup. Of particular note should be areas where you see moisture, flaking, or both. Once you’ve identified these areas, you’ll want to see what practical steps (i.e., initiating plumbing repairs, should the moisture be near the bathroom) you can take to prevent this in the future.
Removing Old Paint and Preparing the Site
Now that you’ve identified the problem area, it’s time to get painting, right? Not quite. First, you’ll want to remove all the old paint from the area. You’ll want to do this for a couple reasons. For one, allowing old flakes from the old paint job to mix with your new coat can cause textural irregularities, making your overall paint job appear rougher than simply having a new paint over a fresh, exposed surface. In addition, if the colors are strikingly different, you always run the risk of the new paint chipping or flaking a bit and revealing the old color underneath. You therefore need to remove old coat with a paint scraper. After you have done this, you’ll want to wash the area to remove any dirt or debris.
Once you have done this, it’s finally time to start preparing and applying your new coat of paint. Dip your brush or roller into whatever paint you have selected and begin applying it as needed. It’s generally a good idea to go over larger surface areas such as exterior walls first before getting into the nooks and crannies of smaller areas. You also typically want to start from the top of an area and work your way down with nice, smooth, even brush or roller strokes. You want to avoid rough patches whenever possible, so it’s always a good idea to have sandpaper or other materials on hand to smooth out rough surfaces before painting. What’s more, you’ll want to make sure that you paint each exterior siding such that they dry evenly – you don’t want it to be evident that you painted different parts at different times.
Following these simple steps can help you breathe new life into your exterior decor and make your wood siding appear brighter and fresher than ever before!