Tips for Painting Clapboard Siding


If you are a homeowner, there is an excellent chance that you are constantly trying to figure out ways to increase the value of your home. This is due to the fact that you want your home to be worth the time and money that you have invested into it. One way to help your home gain value is to improve how it looks from the outside.

You might have stable clapboard siding, but you might not like the way that it looks after it has been weathered for five years by the wind and the rain. One way to deal with this problem is to replace the siding. Another is to simply paint the clapboard siding that you already have.

If you decide to go with the second option, here are some tips for painting your clapboard siding so that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

1. Dust the Siding First

Before you do anything, be sure that you take the time to remove the dust from your siding. This dust builds up naturally over time. It is going to cause the paint to not adhere as well as you need it to if you don't remove it. You should dust first before you sand the wooden clapboard, and then after to remove any of the wooden dust that the sanding process might have produced. 

2. Work Across the House

You are going to get the best looking, most natural look for your siding if you start at one end of the house and then move across it smoothly until you reach a corner or a window. Try to focus on three or four slats of siding at a time in order to make sure that the paint doesn't dry too fast without you being able to smooth it. Use a paint roller for the initial layer of paint and then use a brush for the smaller areas. When you start getting higher up on your house, consider setting up several ladders that are roughly the same height every few feet down the length of your house. This will allow you to easily move from ladder to ladder and keep the flow of the paint line continuous.

3. Get the Right Roller Nap

Finally, be sure that you are getting the right roller nap that will apply paint at a thickness that makes sense for your siding. Getting a nap that is between 1/4 inch thick and 1/2 inch thick is best.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in siding.


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