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.

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.
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