Many people are intimidated by the thought of painting their homeâ€™s exterior, and choose to hire a third-party to handle the work. But, you can do it yourself, with these easy steps.
First, before starting, youâ€™ll want to inspect your home. Examine all walls, look under the eaves, and pay attention to door frames and windows. Â Be on the lookout for peeling paint, mildew and rough surfaces and make a note of them.
Next, gather the tools youâ€™ll need to do the job. These include :
Then, to create a clean surface on which to paint, power-wash the walls with plain water. Detergents are not needed, and may not work as well as plain water, anyway.
Follow-up your wash with the putty knife and wire brush to remove the remaining paint. Note where paint has peeled, blistered or wrinkled. Avoid gouging the surface by holding the putty knife perpendicular to the wall, and by using moderate force.
For areas that wonâ€™t easily clean, use your pull scraper. Itâ€™s used the same way as the putty knife, but it has a sharp blade attached that quickly works through old paint.
Next, sand your homeâ€™s exterior smooth using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. An electric sander may be more effective for large areas; itâ€™ll save you time and energy.
If during the cleaning process, you find mildew, be sure to remove it. A simple mix of chlorine bleach will do the job. Mildew will show through the new coat(s) of paint, so be sure to be rid of it before beginning.
Lastly, with your home cleaned and primed for paint, wait for â€œgood painting weatherâ€ and get started. Soon youâ€™ll be ready to list your Parkland or Coral Springs home for sale.
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