How to Paint Your House

Learn how to paint your house with this helpful guide. To maximize the life of your outdoor painting projects, follow these expert steps for prep work, application and choosing the right paint for the job.



Learn how to paint your house. A well painted house adds value to any neighborhood.
Learn how to paint your house. A well painted house adds value to any neighborhood.
Photo by Istockphoto/Michael Shake
You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
For best exterior painting results, use acrylic latex paint and synthetic bristle brushes.
For best exterior painting results, use acrylic latex paint and synthetic bristle brushes.
Photo by Istockphoto/Nicolette Neish
You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
You can use a wire wheel attached to an angle grinder to remove loose paint.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
Use chemical paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
Use chemical paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
Use infrared paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
Use infrared paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
Dispose of lead paint scrapings as toxic waste.
Dispose of lead paint scrapings as toxic waste.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
A high-volume, low-pressure sprayer will make painting your house easier and quicker.
A high-volume, low-pressure sprayer will make painting your house easier and quicker.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
For less work, why not leave wood siding unpainted, allowing it to age naturally to a soft gray? Add a little white trim and your low-maintenance barn or home will look terrific.
For less work, why not leave wood siding unpainted, allowing it to age naturally to a soft gray? Add a little white trim and your low-maintenance barn or home will look terrific. 
Photo by Fotosearch/IMS Communications
Use infrared paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
Use infrared paint strippers to soften old paint, then remove it with a scraper. Keep a dropcloth on the ground to prevent paint from getting into the soil. Dispose of latex paint scrapings in the trash. Lead paint requires disposal as toxic waste.
Photo by Steve Maxwell
Lifetime Wood Treatment comes as a powder. You mix it with water and then apply. www.valhalco.com
Lifetime Wood Treatment comes as a powder. You mix it with water and then apply. www.valhalco.com 
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