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Old 03-12-2014, 09:54 AM   #1
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When you're painting the outside of the house, what do you do to prepare the surface? I noticed my house has a lot of dirt and dust on the wood parts. Its a brick house so the actual wood and siding is somewhat minimal, but what is there is kind of dirty.

So what is the standard procedure for painting the outside of a house? Do most people just take a powerwasher to it, and call it good? Or do you get in there and scrub with a brush and dish soap first? Something tells me you don't want to just paint over all that surface dust and dirt.

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Pressure wash and see how it looks.
It's useless trying to paint over the dirt.

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The first thing I do is apply a bleach/water solution to kill any mildew then pressure wash.
Scrubbing is only necessary in certain situations such as oxidized paint or very heavy mildew.
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If you have a lot of mildew, there is a product called Jomax that you can mix in your pump sprayer with your bleach water to activate it. It cleans like crazy. Just make sure you hose down your shrubs and plants before and after.
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Be careful when washing your trim on a brick house. Sometimes certain cleaners can stain/discolor the brick if not thoroughly rinsed off the wood AND the brick. Usually not a problem but sometimes it comes back to bite you.

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