A primer on exterior paint prep

Sanding, safety, application tips

If you’ve let those exterior painting chores go all summer, now’s the time to get to them. You don’t want to leave any bare wood showing through fall and winter, where harsh weather can take their toll on siding and trim. Luckily this isn’t too tough of a project, and if you get after it on Saturday morning, you’ll be all wrapped up before the games start on Sunday.

Prep work is key

The real key to getting that paint to blend in and stick is to prepare the surfaces correctly. That’s going to take a little elbow grease and the right materials. But it’ll keep you from having to do it again for several years.

First of all, you need to be sure that you’ve removed all of the old, peeling paint. It’s obvious that since that layer of paint isn’t stuck to the siding now, anything you put over it won’t be stuck to the siding either.