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How to: Scraping And Repainting Wood Exterior

Scraping and repainting a house with a wood exterior can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be done successfully. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to scrape and repaint a wood exterior.

  1. Prepare the Surface: Before you begin scraping, it is important to make sure the surface is clean and free of any dirt or debris. Use a pressure washer to clean the wood and remove any loose paint. If there are any areas that are particularly dirty or stained, use a deck cleaner to remove them.

  2. Scrape the Surface: Once the surface is clean, use a paint scraper to remove any loose or peeling paint. Hold the scraper at a slight angle and use a light touch to avoid damaging the wood. Be sure to remove all loose paint, as it will not adhere to the surface properly.

  3. Sand the Surface: After the loose paint is removed, use a fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas or uneven surfaces. This will help ensure a smooth and even finish when you repaint.

  4. Fill in any Cracks or Holes: Use a wood filler to fill in any cracks or holes in the wood. Be sure to allow the filler to dry completely before sanding it smooth.

  5. Prime the Surface: Before you begin painting, it is important to apply a primer to the wood. This will help seal the wood and provide a surface for the paint to adhere to. Use a paint brush or roller to apply the primer evenly.

  6. Paint the Surface: Once the primer is dry, you can begin painting the wood. Use a paint brush or roller to apply the paint evenly, making sure to cover all areas of the wood. Be sure to use paint that is appropriate for wood exteriors, and use at least two coats for best results.

  7. Clean Up: After you finish painting, be sure to clean up your tools and equipment properly. This will help them last longer and be ready for your next project.

By following these steps, you can successfully scrape and repaint a wood exterior. It is a time-consuming task, but with patience and attention to detail, the end result will be a beautifully repainted wood exterior.


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