Exterior Painting Tips For Wood Siding
Wooden siding is very versatile and timeless. It can easily be changed and updated with a splash of color, but it needs to be repaired before you do this, and some prep work will need to be done in order to prevent issues with the paint adhering properly. Painting wooden siding can update your home and give your home some added curb appeal, but it is a lot of work to do it on your own. If you can't handle this job yourself, you should hire a professional to do the work for you. Read on for some helpful information to help you get your wooden siding painted.
Materials For The Job:
- Exterior paint
- Long extension pole
- Wood fill
- Paintable caulk
- Pressure washer
- Sanding blocks
- To start, you're going to need to remove the exterior paint in order to see what you have to work with beneath. You need to use the pressure washer on a lower setting so as to not damage the wood below and leave indentions in the wood. You want it just strong enough to remove paint, and you want to take off as much as possible.
- Once the paint is removed, you can use sanding blocks to sand down parts of the siding that are rough or where you weren't able to remove the paint in order to blend it with the wood siding as best as you can.
- Use the caulk and wood fill to fill in gaps in the siding and to help seal your home as best as you can for a more cohesive look to your siding. Use the sanding block to sand down the wood fill.
- Once your siding is clean, the paint is removed, and all holes and gaps have been filled in, you can begin to paint your siding. Be sure you have exterior paint that is made to cover wood. Apply the paint with a paintbrush to get in the small spaces and to cut in around the edges, then use the roller to roll on the paint. Apply one coat, then apply a second if need be. You need to be sure you have a warm, sunny day to allow the paint to dry and to prevent rain or dew from ruining your paint job.
If you have wood siding, you know how versatile it is and that it can be painted in order to update it. Hire exterior home painting contractors to get this job done to ensure it is done correctly.