Painting the outside of your house can be overwhelming so let’s break it into manageable pieces. The first thing you need to do is clean the surface. Use 3 parts water & 1 part bleach in a pump up sprayer. Make sure to completely wet the surface, apply the bleach solution a couple times just to make sure the bleach has time to kill any mildew. Keep it wet about 10 to 15 minutes. If you have areas that are badly mildewed or areas that mildew frequently use Jomax House Cleaner and follow the directions on the label. You may need to scrub with a brush to remove dirt. Rinse with a strong stream of water and let it dry. Wash only the amount of area you can paint in two weeks. Doing one section of the house at a time makes the project manageable and give you place to take a break if you need it.
Second you will need to remove all loose paint. This is done with a paint scraper followed by sanding. Use 100 Grit sandpaper to smooth the edges of the paint. Spot prime any bare wood. Our Fresh Start Acrylic Primer works great.
The next thing to do is to caulk open joints and spackle nail holes. We carry the AllPro 40yr & 50yr caulk. If you have an older home with horizontal lap wood siding, that does not have insulation, do not caulk every seam in the siding, as this just locks moisture in the wall. Spot prime the spackled areas. If the existing paint is badly worn you will want to prime everything, otherwise you are ready to paint
Use our Moorgard House Paint, it will go on easier and last longer. Two coats ensure you don’t have any thin spots and will provide better protection. Take the time to do it right and you will have a long lasting, beautiful, paint job.