How do you know if your exterior paint needs scraped & sanded before?

Hasn't been painted in maybe 15 years minimum.

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  • ☘️ TxBella ☘️ TxBella on Jul 02, 2018
    Hi Lisa! it’s always best to get back to the original bones whenever you do a project as much as possible.
    You tend to get a smoother finish and longer Lasting results .

    There are times when you're
    able to paint over everything.
    Such may be your case if you have no peeling and where paint is rising up or has bubbled in places.

    For myself I recommend using a paint a paint w/primer already in it.
    Some even have a sealant in them.

    Check with Lowes they’ll be able to steer you in the right direction!
    Good Luck ☘️ And Have Fun!

  • Heje Heje on Jul 02, 2018
    Check the siding to see where there may be chipped or peeling paint and scrap it off and sand only where the surface is uneven. Prime the bare patches and cover with a good outdoor paint.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 02, 2018
    It's best to scrape and sand the area before painting, though you don't need to take it back to the original. Mend any spots that are peeling or chipping and then use a good primer or a paint that has primer included. As always the outcome depends on the prep work!

  • Leah Leah on Jul 02, 2018

    Is it peeling? Any place peeling must be scraped and primed.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jul 02, 2018
    Power washing may get rid of a lot of the loose stuff... and if it still looks really rough... more scraping and sanding may be needed.... if you are still not sure... use a paint sample size... and paint over the questionable area with a brush or roller... does the paint give you smooth coverage... or does the roughness still show.... if it does... you need to scrape and or sand.
    We use a paint and primer combo... and got nice coverage... be we have an exterior composite siding.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 02, 2018
    It is always best to do the proper preparation before painting.If the paint is peeling ,you must remove it, if the paint is just faded you can use a exterior paint and primer in one

  • If it hasn't been painted in 15 years, it probably is going to require some prep work, but it really depends on what it looks like. The life of an exterior paint job really depends on how it was prepped and painted, what type of paint was used, as well as things like the weather where you live. We learned a lot last year when we painted our exterior ourselves. Here's some things we learned that may help you out: