How to Re-Paint Wood Siding

What You'll Need
Paint colors
Paint sprayer
Paint brush
Paint roller and pan
Power washer

It's time to re-paint your wood siding! Re-painting your house is a great option when wanting to change the scenery of things.

Follow the steps below to create not only a new color, but help in protecting your wood siding as well.

Step 1 - Power of Water

Before you apply any new paint to your wood siding, it is necessary to remove any existing paint that is chipped, cracking, or bubbling. You can start by power washing the surface. This will blast off any paint that is loose, and needs to be removed.

Be careful when using a power washer, as it is very powerful, and creates a lot of pressure. Make sure you are familiar with how one works, before using it with your house.

Step 2 - Scrape the Rest

After you have used your power washer to get rid of most of the loose paint, you will want to finish it up by using a scraper. Scrape any remaining chipped, cracked, or bubbling paint.

If you skip out on removing the old paint, the new paint will chip off right away, leaving your nice paint job not so nice anymore.

Step 3 - Make Sure it's Dry

Before applying your primer and then paint, you will want to make sure you allow your siding to completely dry. If the primer you are going to apply is latex, then a bit of moisture is alright, however, if you plan on using oil based primer, make sure the entire area is completely dry before trying to apply the primer.

Step 4 - Apply the Primer

After you have allowed your siding to dry completely you can get out your primer. You will want to use a roller or a brush to apply your primer. Make sure you apply primer to all spots of bare wood. If the majority of your siding is bare, or at least close to half, then you will want to apply primer to the entire area.

Generally applying one coat of primer is sufficient. Remember that covering all bare spots is vital.

Step 5 - New Paint

Now that you have gotten rid of the old, and applied the primer, it is time for the grand finale. You will first want to choose whether you want to brush, roll, or spray your paint on. Either one is a good choice, it's all based on your preference.

You will want to apply the first coat of paint to the entire surface. After the first coat is dry, you will want to go over the entire surface with another coat of paint. Sometimes even a third coat is necessary depending on the second coat outcome. If it looks like the whole surface is covered well, it may not be necessary to apply a third coat.

All that is left now is the clean up, and the time you'll take sitting and enjoying your beautiful house. Job well done.