Painting a whole house is a huge task, but the work isn’t hard. Anyone can paint. That’s why I don’t hire it out. Instead, I tackle it one wall at a time every summer. Depending on the size of the wall, you can complete the painting in two or three days. As long as you’re not changing colors, this is a great option.

If you’re changing paint colors, you’ll have to be OK with your house being different colors until all the walls are done, four years down the road. My wall took a little extra time because of my cedar shakes. To make the job easier, I invested in an airless paint gun. Here’s how I went about it.

Scrape loose paint

After pressure washing all the surfaces, I let everything dry for 24 hours. Then I scraped all the peeling paint off the flat surfaces using a carbide scraper. If you don’t remove all loose paint, your new paint won’t adhere well and will peel off much sooner. I didn’t bother scraping the cedar shakes.

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