Asked on Apr 18, 2019

To scrape or power wash the chips away?

SueModredLori Haught Harper


About to start painting the outside of my house which has a lot of scraping to be done, would using a power washer be efficient enough or am I looking at putting some old fashion elbow grease?

q to scrape or power wash the chips away

The ceiling over my porch the whole house has areas I’ve done most with elbow grease now the hard part....the eves TIA for any advice

6 answers
  • Mogie
    on Apr 18, 2019

    You should power wash it anyway so do that and see what it looks like afterwards. But you will most likely have to do some scraping and/or sanding (at least we did).

  • William
    on Apr 18, 2019

    I agree with Mogie. Power washing will remove any real loose paint. But scraping and sanding will be needed.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Apr 18, 2019

    I would do both power wash first then when dry scrap what’s left which won’t be much

  • Lori Haught Harper
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Good tips - I need to do this as well.

  • Modred
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Be very careful though, a power washer can easily splinter wood, especially softer woods such as pine or fir. As stated by previous posters scraping and sanding will still be needed after power washing.

  • Sue
    on Apr 19, 2019

    Powerwashing wastes water. I use a hose and long-handled brush.

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