House painting tips for old
San Francisco style homes.
Examine all new wood surfaces to make
sure they are in good condition for painting. Apply a coat of
shellac to all sap streaks and knots; then check nail heads to
be certain they are countersunk. Fill nail holes with putty
after the first or priming coat has been applied to the entire
Exterior paint should be well brushed
with long, firm strokes. It should never be applied in damp
weather or in temperatures below 50°. Always paint on the shady
side of the house preferably just after the sun has done a good
drying job. You will need a good 3" or 4" brush for siding and
shingles and a 1" or 1 1/2" brush for sash and other narrow
surfaces. Allow plenty of drying time between coats at least,
three or four days of clear, sunny whether.
EXTERIOR REPAINTING, Repaint work usually
requires more surface preparation, but the results are well
worth the effort. This is the best time to check the entire
house for minor repairs. Make sure there are no leaks in the
roof. Replace any loose or warped siding, repair caves and
downspouts, and caulk all window and door joints. The latter
will help protect your interior paint job and keep your home
safe and whether tight.
The first step in the actual painting is
to scrape off all loose or scaling paint, then sand smooth and
spot prime with a good Primer. As you go along, be sure the
surface is perfectly dry and as clean as wire brushing can make
it. Paint trim and shutters first; then start at the top and
work down as you finish the body of the house. Always use the
right paint product for the surface.
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