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Tools and Prep Needed for Painting Exterior Surfaces

Before you start paining, learn what tools you'll need and how to prep outside surfaces like masonry, wood and metal.

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Top 25 Exterior Painting Projects

  1. 1. Clean and Prep (02:27)

    Sand, wash and scrape your home's exterior before applying the primer.

  2. 2. Racing the Snow (00:03:15)

    Erin and Toby finish their remodel just ahead of the biggest snow in years.

  3. 3. Box Before You Paint (01:30)

    For uniform paint color, mix several cans together before you paint.

  4. 4. Primer (01:55)

    Without primer, there's no way paint is going to stick to your house.

  5. 5. Exterior Painting Preparation

    When painting the exterior of a house, learn these valuable tips that can save you time by preparing properly for the project, from DIY...

  6. 6. Wizard Secure Paint Tray (01:24)

    With this locking-lid tray, it's okay to stop in the middle of painting.

  7. 7. Siding Wedges (01:12)

    Slip these wedges under siding before you paint to help prevent rotting.

  8. 8. Painting Vinyl Siding (03:20)

    Can vinyl siding be painted? Find out from a painting expert.

  9. 9. Renovation Begins Outside (00:03:28)

    Nicole begins renovating a century-old house by focusing on the exterior.

  10. 10. Sealing Paint Cans (01:31)

    Follow these steps to keep a can of leftover paint fresh and read to use.

  11. 11. Consider the Weather (01:34)

    Take the weather into account before painting your home's exterior.

  12. 12. Paint From the Top Down (01:20)

    Find out how to avoid unsightly drips when you're painting.

  13. 13. Exterior Paint Selection

    Painting the exterior of your house may seem like a job for professionals, but with some basic knowledge of paints and motivation, doin...

  14. 14. Don't Skimp on Paint (01:39)

    With paint, you get what you pay for: cheaper paints are lower in quality.

  15. 15. Masonry Paint (00:60)

    Here's an Indoors Out quick tip on using masonry paint.

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