Get­ting the Job Done

PAINT­ING THE OUT­SIDE OF YOUR HOME IS QUITE AN UN­DER­TAK­ING. MAKE SURE YOU’RE PROP­ERLY PRE­PARED.

Victorian Homes - - Color by Number -

Prepar­ing an older home—like a Vic­to­rian—for new paint re­quires a lit­tle ex­tra main­te­nance than new homes.

Be­fore you do any­thing, be sure to get the cur­rent paint tested for lead. If your home does have lead paint, you’ll have to get an Epa-cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional to deal with it be­fore you can pro­ceed to re­paint­ing.

Once you’re ready, be sure to test your cho­sen col­ors on a few parts of your house.

Pay at­ten­tion to how the color looks at dif­fer­ent times of the day; if it’s to your lik­ing, pro­ceed with prepa­ra­tion. Here are a few of our tips:

Give your house a good wash­ing. By clean­ing off the dirt and then wait­ing for the ex­te­rior to dry com­pletely, you will keep your new paint look­ing fresh longer. • Re­move loose paint. Like wash­ing off dirt, scrap­ing off old, loose paint will help the new paint stay bet­ter. Caulk any gaps. Do this be­tween sid­ing and trim, then prime, and you’re ready to paint.

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