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Painting house exterior, confused about prep advice!

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by robodelfy, 19 Jun 2020.

  1. robodelfy

    robodelfy

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    Hi, I'm planning to paint my house outside with masonry paint. It's a Victorian terraced house.

    I've read so much different information about how to prepare the outside and I'm not sure what's necessary in my situation.

    If you look at the photo you'll see it all looks in good condition, apart from a few little flakes at the very bottom.

    The guy at the paint store said wash the whole thing with fungicidal wash, do I need to do that? I don't see any fungus.

    Can anyone advise on what to do before starting to paint it? Brushing, washing etc. If that's even needed

    Thanks
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    Given that it's a small area, what harm is there in giving it a wash?

    That said - my 3 bed semi is rendered on the front and side to first floor level.
    The building that I work in is a 40's single story rendered building..
    Both painted white

    When I have painted mine, I have hosed it down a day or two before hand. The paint was in good condition
    All I did was wait for a dry day and got going

    The work building was repainted a few years ago by a pro(?) he spent a while with a scraper as the paint was flaking off in big chunks. All he did was remove any loose stuff and possibly soften the edges. When painted, you can see where the old paint has been covered.
    It's good from far but far from good.

    I'd scrape your missing paint and sand the missing area to hide the joins. Wash it down anyway. Fungicidal might as well be used. Then paint

    You have some moss/ green stuff on the path so it's possible that a fungicidal is worth it
     
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  4. robodelfy

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    Thanks, so what would you suggest to clean the house? Just hosing it down, or scrubbing it with something, or pressure washer?
     
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    If you have a pressure washer, and don't go nuts, it should be ok.
    My first time with an industrial pressure washer, some sand had blasted from a patio to a wooden sill. I pointed the water at it and removed a load of varnish.

    A bucket of hot water and scrubbing brush is probably fine
     
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    Yeah I dont have a pressure washer, would have to rent one. So I'll go with the bucket and scrubbing brush! Thanks
     
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