Essential Tools and Materials
Here's everything you'll need to get it right the first time.
  • Replacement wood
  • Paintable caulk

There are several common problems that tend to arise when painting exteriors, which will need to be corrected before you apply more paint.
Look around the house for any soft or rotting wood, especially around windows and doors. You will need to replace it with new wood prior to painting.
Fill cracks and holes. Paintable caulk can be your best friend on exterior painting projects, but you don’t want to overuse it. For instance, caulk is not suitable for repairing large holes; rather, it is best used for sealing the spaces between window frames and siding. Follow all manufacturer directions.
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