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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. 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...

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

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

  3. 3. 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...

  4. 4. Siding Wedges (01:12)

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

  5. 5. Roll N Release (00:00:44)

    With this painting tool, you are sure to get less paint on your hands.

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

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

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

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

  8. 8. ComfortGlide (00:01:05)

    Check out this ergonomic paintbrush that makes clean-up a "click."

  9. 9. Paint Prep Primer (02:01)

    Learn the basics for prepping the exterior of your home before you paint.

  10. 10. Primer (01:55)

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

  11. 11. Painting the Exterior of a Home

    Painting the exterior of your home can make a big impact on its value. It can prolong the life of the exterior and protect your home fr...

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $500 - $1,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  12. 12. Wizard Secure Paint Tray (01:24)

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

  13. 13. Masonry Paint (00:60)

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

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

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

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

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

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