Do you have an exterior painting project that needs to be done? The following article will show you the basic steps on how to prepare an exterior surface to be repainted. The tools you might need for this project include paint scraper, random orbit sander, 40 grit sanding disc, detail sander, wood filler, putty knife, paintbrush, exterior primer, and exterior paint. Start your project by using a scraper to loosen and remove the old paint from the exterior surfaces. This will provide a more stable surface for the new primer and paint to adhere to.
Once you have removed as much loose paint as possible, begin sanding with a random orbit disc sander. Use an extra course grit to continue to smooth any remaining old paint. It is not necessary to remove all of the old paint. Your goal is to remove as much paint as possible and to leave the surface as smooth as possible prior to painting. (more…)