Painting your siding isn’t a task that you should take lightly, especially if you’re conducting a DIY. You’ll not only have to choose the right quality of paint but there are also various steps to take to make sure the repainting project goes as planned. With that in mind, it’s important that you know what these steps are. That way, you’re fully prepared to tackle the task of painting your siding.
In this post, siding replacement experts from A Cut Above Exteriors discusses the four steps you should always follow when preparing your siding for painting.
Protect Your Landscaping – Your landscaping may be affected by the painting project so it’s best that you cover your shrubs and flower beds with tarps before continuing. That way, your plants and flowers won’t be affected by the paint and other debris that may come from preparing your siding.
Clean The Surface – The smallest amount of dirt on your siding can greatly affect your siding’s paint job. Therefore, you should take the time to clean the siding before you actually paint it. You can wash it down with a garden hose, a nylon brush and mild detergent if it’s only lightly soiled. Mold and mildew, on the other hand, can be cleaned off with a diluted bleach solution or white vinegar and water. Alternatively, you can also use a pressure washer so long as you take care not to damage the siding.
Prime Bare Wood – On the other hand, if you have wood siding, you’ll likely have to apply exterior primer first before you can start painting it. A siding contractor may recommend oil-based primers to hide imperfections in the wood but you should only use acrylic or latex paint if you use this.
Remove Loose Paint – Peels and blisters from damaged paint need to be removed before you can apply paint to your siding. This is because these are caused by moisture problems, which have to be corrected before repainting your siding. Otherwise, it may result in a bad paint job for your home.
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