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 refresh the look of your home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint. Learn how to paint exterior wood siding the same way we do for our clients.

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

It’s Time To Start Again

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

Jason 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.

Wood exterior before painting

Sarah 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?” Jason 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

  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

See a wood exterior painting project a client had us do >>

Painting a wood exterior

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.

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.

Painting exterior trim on a home

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 a preferably premium quality paint for wood exteriors.

“Sweet, there’s some painting tips on here too!” Jason says as he scrolls down.

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.

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“Jason! I got the painting contractor on the phone, come talk with us.” Jason puts his phone away, thinking about how he wants to look into house painting more later.