How To Paint Exterior Wood Siding In 7 Steps Anyone Can Follow

You Can Make Your Ann Arbor Home Look Like New Again With A Fresh Paint Job
How to paint exterior wood siding

You can learn how to paint exterior wood siding and follow along with a project a client around Ann Arbor had us do for their wood home.

Find the steps and see what it can do for your home in the post below-

It’s Time To Start Again

“Erika! We need to refresh the paint on our exterior again.”

Erika’s husband stares at the fading, dull paint on his home. He wouldn’t be surprised to find a few woodpecker holes in there either. Their wood siding isn’t looking too good anymore.

Erika walks out to join him. “Ugh, you’re right, it does. I’ll give our painting contractor a call and see what he can do for us.” She goes inside to get her phone. It’s a good thing they at least know about how much the cost to paint a house exterior will be.

“I wonder what the steps are to paint wood siding like this?” her husband wonders aloud. He gets out his phone and searches ‘how to paint exterior wood siding’ on Google.

Here is the 7-step process he finds-

Painting Exterior Wood Siding In 7 Steps

Painting a wood exterior
  1. Carefully clean your exterior wood siding with a pressure washer and TSP
  2. Repair any damages and caulk if needed
  3. Put down drop cloths
  4. Remove loose paint
  5. Sand
  6. Prime areas that need it
  7. Paint

It’s best to find a run of days without rain. Partly cloudy days are best because the paint has less of a chance of drying too quickly.

Pressure wash from bottom to top to avoid staining. Let it completely dry for a few days. TSP (trisodium phosphate) is great for removing mold and mildew. Make sure to follow safety instructions on the package.

You can use a 2-part polyester resin filler to repair damages to your wood exterior. You’ll want to sand it after it cures.

Painting exterior trim on a home

Areas like trim and around windows and doors are caulked to keep water out. Caulk does fail eventually, so this is the perfect time to check. If it has, scrape it out, clean it, let the area dry, then re-caulk it.

Sand areas you’ve repaired and that don’t have paint on it, as well as the areas around them. Then paint with 2 coats of premium quality paint for wood exteriors.

Painting Tips You Won’t Want To Miss

Start by painting about 1-and-a-half inches around the border. Paint from the top of the wall down. Use even strokes so it isn’t thicker in one area than another.

Work in smaller sections, about as far as your arm can reach. Use the back brushing technique. This means brushing back into the area you just painted so it comes out looking more uniform.

Prepping a wood exterior for painting

If you are using a ladder, you can tie a rope to a 5-gallon bucket that holds your supplies. Climb the ladder with the rope and then pull your materials up.

If using a roller, a paint grid in your bucket can help load the right amount of paint onto your roller, making for a more even paint job.

How This Process Works For Painting Erika’s Wood Exterior

The paint on Erika’s wood home is actually worse for wear.

Before painting exterior siding with fading and uneven paint

The wood siding was once beautiful, but now it’s age is showing. The paint is dry and uneven. It’s once dark luster is leaching out into a pale wooden color. Erika can also see the caulk peeling from between the panels.

She worries she’ll have to replace the siding if this keeps up. That’s a huge hassle she wants to avoid.

Erika finds out about Tribble Painting through her daughter’s school and a few postcards she’s seen with our work on them. She decides to contact us about painting her exterior wood siding.

Talking To Tribble Painting

Erika talks to Tribble’s administrative assistant about her project. They discuss some of the details and Erika schedules an estimate. The estimator arrives at the agreed-upon time and takes a look at her wood siding.

The estimator gives Erika an estimate and they work out the terms of the agreement. She writes a deposit check and calls Tribble Painting back to get on the schedule.

Wood exterior before painting

Soon after, she receives an email from the Tribble team.

It contains the dates of the week the project is to start. As the project moves closer, she receives yet another email from the Tribble team. This one includes her exact start date. It also has who her project manager will be.

There’s just one holdup- Erika doesn’t know what kind of paint she wants for her home.

Helping Erika Find Her Ideal Paint

Erika isn’t sure if she wants an acrylic semi-transparent or an oil semi-transparent paint.

Tribble’s office manager helps her with her choices. Each comes with its pros and cons but Erika can only use one for her wood siding painting project. Oil is harder to maintain and more expensive but it looks amazing. Acrylic is cheaper but works better and smells less.

She needs to see them in action.

Tribble Painting shows her samples of each. Erika decides to go with the oil semi-transparent stain because it looks better than the acrylic.

The Project Process

The Tribble Painting team shows up right on schedule.

Rob the project manager

Rob goes with Erika on a pre-job walk through to make sure he knows everything he is supposed to do. He answers her questions and accommodates any requests she has. Then they begin the painting.

The only thing Tribble’s painting crew leaves behind is a beautiful paint job and a happy family:

Before painting exterior wood
After painting wood siding

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“Now our home is beautiful and safe again,” says Erika happily. Her husband nods and smiles back. “It’s a good thing we checked out more posts on Tribble’s blog. We really learned a lot and saw more of their work!”