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Doc Holliday 11-21-2011 09:43 PM

Painting the Exterior Wood
The white existing paint is chipping and looks all kinds of ugly on the trim where the roof line is. I know I should scrape as much off as possible but the thing is I'm renting this home and I do not really want or care to help the landlord in any way. I just want the home to look good for the Christmas and New Year season without much cost or effort.

Any ideas on a decent quality cheap exterior paint and the best way to make it look good? I'm going to have to scrape the old stuff away for best results, aren't I?


DrHicks 11-21-2011 09:46 PM

You can get a quart of RustOleum for about $9. Basic oil-based white should be okay.

Gymschu 11-21-2011 10:08 PM

There's really no such thing as cheap, good paint, but, if you need something decent try Sears WeatherBeater..........or, SW's A-100, about the same in quality at a reasonable price.

Doc Holliday 11-22-2011 01:19 PM

Here are some pictures. What's the best plan of action? Thanks.

Gymschu 11-22-2011 02:34 PM

Doc, my diagnosis is that wood is beyond salvaging with a paint would almost be cheaper to replace the facia board with something other than wood, but, knowing you want to paint it, scrape as much off as you can, prime with a decent latex primer, and, topcoat with Satin or Semi-gloss paint. Pretty straightforward.

Doc Holliday 11-22-2011 03:05 PM

What I want to do is buy this house, tear it down and build it up from the ground up but since the asking price is almost three times that of the exact same home across the street that recently sold it's not going to happen. My dumb ass landlord think's he's special.

I'll scrape what I can off and just paint it. Thanks.

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