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Getting ready to paint the outside of your house is not a small thing. There is a lot to take care of, and more to consider before you start to paint, including taking off the older paint, sanding and sealing as well as selecting a new color.

Taking the preparation for painting the outside of your home one step at a time and doing it all well in advance will make sure that the outside of your home looks as perfect as it can, and that it will not need to be redone for many years. Exterior painting is a big job that takes many hours of work. Make sure that your work counts when you do it, so that the labor isn’t in vain.

Cleaning the surface of your exterior home must be taken care of before it can be painted.

Taking a few extra steps to make sure that you don’t leave a hundred pounds of loose paint on the ground is also important to the overall look of the house when the job is completed.

The first step is going to be that you wash down your home using a mix of TSP and chlorine bleach to make sure that the mildew or mold is killed and that all dirt is gone.
Working from bottom to top will help you to prevent the house from staining.

A high pressure washer may be useful to you in final rinsing if your home is very tall or has many stories.

Use drop cloths on the shrubbery and flowers and plants to prevent them from being hit with loose paint or damaged by the bleach spray.

Take them off as soon as you’ve completed the job so that the plants don’t die in the heat.

• Wear eye protection and gloves whenever you are working with bleach. Rinse yourself off often to prevent chemical burns.

Sand the high spots, seal cracks with wood filler and sand off any loose paint that you may find remaining.

• Sink and countersink the nails and fill all holes or cracks with wool filler.

• Apply at least one coat of primer so that the exterior paint has something to stick to.
Primer gives you a good surface for the paint, and will in most cases prevent it from peeling.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS:

  • Sander or Sanding Blocks
  • High pressure washer (rentable from any equipment site)
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Large sponges
  • Crack filler and wood putty
  • putty knives
  • exterior primer

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