Painting over old exterior wood siding.

Old 07-01-14, 04:57 PM
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Painting over old exterior wood siding.

This is an old Cape Cod home with wood siding. The owner only wants one coat of paint, and to knock off any loose paint chips. Problem is that the loose paint chips are attached to a much larger sections of loose paint. With little trouble, I have unintentionally exposed large sections of bare wood siding. What's more, the bare wood is wet from previous rain seeping through the paint cracks.

1. Is power washing the siding before painting a good idea in this case? With all the bare wood, it make take forever for it to dry.

2. What would be the best paint to use. I had planned on Glidden Exterior semi-gloss. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Best regards, Tee
Old 07-02-14, 08:34 AM
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I wouldn't continue without consulting the home owner - I think all that bare wood warrants primer and the combination of bare wood and existing paint may warrant considerable sanding.
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I agree! Prep plays a big part in how well a paint job will perform. It's best to have a clean substrate with all the loose paint removed with raw wood primed before the finish coat is applied. Personally I'd either do the job right or not at a all. Sometimes it's better to turn a job down than be roped into doing a shoddy job that will harm your reputation.

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