How to Restore Exterior Wood Siding

What You'll Need
Heat Gun
Putty Knife
Hand Planer
Wood filler
Primer paint
High quality exterior paint

Do you think that your exterior wood siding requires restoration? If your siding is not well finished, nature will take its action and will eventually ruin the wood beyond repair. Therefore, removing thold paint and starting from scratch may be the best way to preserve your siding.

Step 1-Removing Old Paint

The first thing to do when restoring wood sidings, is to ascertain the extent of damage. For this job, a heat gun and a putty knife are the most essential tools to start your restoration. Do not be tempted to use a gun that emits fire, as this will damage your wood. The best choice would be an electric heat gun, since it emits very hot air, which only cracks the paint.  The old paint can be safely removed with a putty knife. Select the highest setting on the gun. Direct the gun towards the wood, maintaining a distance of approximately 4 inches. After a few seconds you will notice the paint starting to crack and shape up abnormally. Using the knife, scrape off the loose paint. It might be the case that not all the paint will be removed. Do not panic. Resume from the beginning, applying more heat. Continue stripping the paint from all parts that need repairs. Using a hand planer, strip the wood, until you are satisfied that no paint is left on the siding.

Step 2-Using Filler and Sanding

Once all paint has been removed, repair any damaged parts of the wood. Use a professional wood filler to fill any gaps you might encounter. Fill loose gaps in the seams or corners with caulk. Using an electric hand sander, smooth down any residue, to provide a good adhesion your primer. It might be the case that the previous paint might have stained the wood. There is no need to remove these stains, as the fresh paint will cover up any imperfections. Once done, use a solvent or a garden hose to clean off the dust. If this is not done, dust will make it difficult for the new paint to adhere correctly.

Step 3-Applying Primer

The wood siding should now look clean and smooth. Prior to applying paint, ensure that all wood is dry and free from any impurities. It is now time to begin applying the primer. Considering that this is time consuming, apply a high quality exterior primer, preferably one that is very near in color to the finishing paint. Start off from the top working down. Make certain to paint into the seams, to provide a good moisture barrier. If the first coat doesn't fully saturate the wood, you need a second coat. Ensure the wood is given enough time to dry between each coat.

Step 4-Applying Finishing Paint

Lightly abrade the primer for a sound adhesion of the finishing coat. This will give the desired result and your efforts will be rewarded following completion. Again, choose a high quality exterior paint. Always go for paint that has  UV protection, so that the paint will last longer. Using the same technique, start from top to bottom to avoid drips and running of the paint. Take your time, and do not rush the job. Apply 2 coats for a perfect finish.

Once done, enjoy the new look, and appreciate the amount of money you have saved.