couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my
last paint job — done in the summer and fall of 2003
— has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of
freshening up, though, so it’s time.
however, will be my final painting effort on the
exterior of this house.
neither expect to be living in the house 13 years from
now, nor do I entertain the thought of spending several
hours a day on a ladder at age 79.
hope, instead, to be playing tennis and golf and playing
with my grandchildren by then.
napping, don’t forget napping.
those of you who plan to embark on an exterior-painting
project this spring, I offer some suggestions from my
go-to source for advice, the Paint Quality Institute in
Spring House, Pa.
the paint on my cedar-sided house is "sound and
continuous," for the most part, and lead-free, with
minimal sanding, scraping, caulking and filling, I’ll
give you the PQI basics:
any mildew with a 3:1 mixture of water to household
bleach, leaving it on for 20 minutes and adding more as
it dries. Wear eye and skin protection. Rinse
any glossy paint by sanding with fine-grit (No. 220)
garnet paper. Wear eye protection, dust mask, and work
dirt, chalk, etc. by scrubbing with detergent and water
(rinse thoroughly) or by careful power washing using
plain water. Note: Woods that tend to be very soft, such
as old and weathered cedar and redwood, can easily be
damaged by the high-pressure jet of power washing.
is helpful but not necessary. Some latex paints,
however, may specify use of a primer if used over
a high-quality exterior latex or oil-based primer that
is recommended for repainting wood surfaces.
not leave a primer unpainted.
top-of-the-line exterior, 100 percent acrylic latex
house paint in flat, satin, semigloss or gloss finish.
high-quality oil-based paint if there is surface
build-up of old oil-based paint.
not apply oil-based paint over latex paint.
more tips: www.paintquality.com.