How To: Paint the Exterior Of Your Home

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Step By Step

  • Step 1:

    Mix together 1 cup of Trisodium Phosphate, 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of bleach. Next, spray on siding using a pressure washer or garden hose sprayer.

    Next: Step 2

  • Step 2:

    Tactically place drop clothes down to shield the ground from the cleaning solution.

    Next: Step 3

  • Step 3:

    With a pressure washer, spray the cleaning solution onto the walls. Now  rinse the walls down with water. Allow to completely dry for several days before painting.

    Next: Step 4

  • Step 4:

    If your house was built before 1978, you will need to test the paint for lead. If you find the paint contains lead, contact a professional painter to remove the paint as soon as possible.

    Next: Step 5

  • Step 5:

    Scrape off the paint using a variety of tools such as a carbide blade scraper, a sander,chemical strippers or heat guns.

    Next: Step 6

  • Step 6:

    Smooth edges with a random orbit sander

    Next: Step 7

  • Step 7:

    Remove any bulging nails and repair any cracks in the wood with exterior wood glue. Fill nail holes with wood filler and a putty knife.

    Next: Step 8

  • Step 8:

    Smooth down patches with the sander.

    Next: Step 9

  • Step 9:

    Watch the video “Exterior Prime, Caulk and Paint” for the next steps. All of the materials discussed in this video can be found at your local Friedman's Home Improvement.

    Next: Step 1

Tools & Tips


  • Extension Ladder
  • Bucket
  • Measuring Cup
  • Trisodium Phosphate
  • Bleach
  • Pressure Washer
  • Garden Hose
  • Rain Coat
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Safety Goggles
  • Drop Cloth
  • Lead Paint Test Kit
  • Paint Scrapers
  • Dust Mask
  • Exterior Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Power Sander
  • Sanding Block
  • Sandpaper
  • Putty Knife


All tools and materials can be found at your local Friedman's Home Improvement!

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