Once the peaks were done, we could really start seeing the house take shape. The warm cedar just popped and brought to life a part of the house that usually would go unnoticed. Next up prep. Our house is 90% wood siding and 10% vinyl. The front peak of our house and a section in the back are not wood. Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t going for perfect here, we know that our house is 130 years old and it’s going to have its flaws, but we wanted to prepare for a paint job that would last a long time (with the exception of inevitable touch ups). The prep for the wood was a lot. The paint had been chipping and bubbling from all of the moisture and direct sunlight and needed a lot of cleaning up if we wanted our paint to stick.
First up we scraped
the really bad parts (especially the front where you would notice it the most). It helped that there was two of them, because while Dave was working on the peaks Mike was assisting and prepping at the same time. In the front Mike used a belt sander
over the scraped areas to smooth out the siding and minimize the lines from the previous layers of paint. When all the bubbling and flaking areas were scraped, the house was pressure washed
! Again, having the skyjack here was so handy, getting to those hard to reach areas and avoiding ladders. All in all, prep took a full two days. It’s important not to skip any of the steps, even if it may seem tedious, because this is not a job you want to have to do it all over again. This is a biggie, so do it right so you only have to do it once!
Next up paint! This is the part where I tell you that if you are going to paint your house I 1000000000% recommend spending the money and buying or renting a paint sprayer
. Let me put it to you this way, it took Mike one 12-hour day to prime the entire exterior of our 3000 sqft home. We used the Wagner Control Pro 150
with the pressure adjustment. It comes with a 25-foot hose which was perfect because the paint could stay on the ground and the hose could reach up on the skyjack with Mike. You don’t need to water down the paint at all, it goes directly into the gallon! Note that you do use more paint when you use a sprayer as there is more waste, but it saves you so much time, and the paint goes on so beautifully! Again, it was helpful having two people because while Mike was painting, Dave was topping up the paint (it goes fast!) and helping with clogs (inevitable).