How to Refinish Wood Siding

What You'll Need
Garden hose
Paint stripper
Trisodium phosphate solution

Wood siding is a popular choice since it not only provides protection to the walls, but also gives an appealing, rustic look to the house. In time though, wood siding may need to be refinished so as to give it a fresh look. It will also help a great deal to maintain it and help it last longer. Try to choose a sunny day to carry out this work. Rain and wind would end up ruining most of your work. Let us describe in further detail how to best go about refinishing wood siding.

Step 1: Analyze the Wood Siding

Start off by taking the time to analyze the wood siding so as to evaluate its condition and any need for further repair in particular areas.

Step 2: Cleaning the Siding and Removing the Old Paint

Next you have to clean the siding well. Being exposed to weather conditions, the siding will have dust, dirt and other residuals which you will need to remove as best as possible. Start to rinse the siding thoroughly by spraying it with plenty of water using a garden hose. This will help to remove any loose dirt more easily and effortlessly. Then, for the more persistent dirt, it is best to use a solution of trisodium phosphate. This will not only clean the wood well, but also prepare its surface for the subsequent refinishing steps. Use a brush or scrubber to apply the solution onto the wood and scrub well. In the process you have to peel away any remnants from the old paintwork. You may need to sand such areas to remove the paint successfully, or else you could apply paint stripper with a paintbrush. Removing the dust and other grime well is very important, as otherwise the refinishing job will not prove to be successful. This is mainly due to the fact that the debris will end up being trapped between the siding and the paint, resulting in untidy results.

Step 3: Rinsing

Once you have finished scrubbing the siding, use a garden hose to spray it with plenty of clear water so as to rinse it well. Keep spraying water until you can see that it is coming off quite clear, meaning that the siding is clean. Then, allow plenty of time for the wood to dry well before proceeding any further.

Step 4: Painting

Once it has dried well you can start painting the siding. Make sure to use paint which is of high quality, and ideal for outdoor conditions, so as to improve the wood's resistance and prolong its life. Start from the top part of the siding, and move your way down. Try to apply even strokes along the grain of the wood, so as to achieve a neat result. When the first coating is ready allow it to dry well, and then apply a second coating.

Step 5: Staining

Finally apply a coating of clear stain so as to provide additional protection to the paint underneath. It is best to wear gloves and safety goggles throughout the job, especially when sanding the siding.