The secret to a successful paint job is in the prep. If you take your time to do all the essential steps, the results will be a spectacular paint job that will last for years. Here’s what you’ll need for a quality paint job: exterior flat or eggshell paint; exterior semigloss paint; a pressure washer; a paint sprayer; a paintbrush; painter’s tape; drop cloths; a ladder; a paint scraper; stain-blocking primer; epoxy filler; a medium-grit sanding block; a putty knife; exterior caulk and a caulk gun; and plastic sheeting.
To ensure best coverage, use a pressure washer to remove dirt and dust buildup from the house. Work your way from the top to bottom of the house in a smooth, controlled manner, overlapping each stroke by 8 inches.
Walk around the perimeter of the house and look for damaged surfaces on wood, masonry, metal, siding or stucco. Use a putty knife to apply epoxy filler to cracks or holes. Once dry, lightly sand the repaired areas using a medium-grit sanding block.