Exterior Prep Work
Good Afternoon Everyone,
I am trying to prep my exterior stucco and trim. I just spent a good 10 hours on the garage face and have not even caulked yet...just scraping and sanding. I know prep is important and decided to start early so as not to be rushed. I would like to paint in March or April, but at this rate, it might be 2014....LOL. I've painted before, but never anything in what I would consider, bad shape....I don't think it's been painted in 15 years and it was a sloppy job.
I have a few questions, I am hoping someone can help me with...
My fascia is 2 x 10 rough cut lumber. The protective coating has obviously failed and the paint is chalking and coming off (not flaking or peeling). I have been trying to scrape then sand but it seems like this is not the greatest because of all the hills and valleys in the wood. The garage fascia is almost smooth now from sanding the heck out of it. There is still a lot of paint on it, but it appear to be adhering pretty well.
1) Would it be okay to use a good scrub brush and some liquid TSP and just scrub all the "dead chalky" paint off rather than try to sand it down?
2) In the areas where I didn't get down to the bare wood is it going to show through? I've tried to get it smooth. I am using 60 grit paper.
I plan on using Valspar Duramax for the trim and the stucco.
3) I have noticed some hairline cracks that would be next to impossible to fill with patch or even caulk. The paint (Duramax) is supposed to fill these...is that realistic?
Thanks for your help. I don't want to rush the project and do a slop job, but I think I am overkilling. Obviously I need to get rid of flaking paint, but those areas are few and far between. The chalky power is pretty consistent on the trim. Fortunately, the stucco is in really good shape and not chalky, so I think it just needs a good power washing.
Enjoy the game!