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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 house.

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.

About The Author: James York is a painting and remodeling enthusiast. His website at offers simple yet practical ideas to help you with your redecorating and painting projects.

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