Please let the fall weather be mild
Don’t snow until December
We have so much to finish
There are a variety of outdoor projects Ryan and I are hoping to wrap up in the new house before winter. The main one – painting the house. That’s like a 15-minute project, right? 😉
We have aluminum siding on the house and it’s in ridiculously good shape. We couldn’t justify ripping it all out and installing vinyl, so we’re going to try our hand at painting it. After lots of reading and surfing the Net, along with a stop at Sherwin Williams to chat with my favorite paint consultant, I think we’re ready.
We started by cleaning the siding. It was dirty, covered in spider webs and had a chalky residue that often happens to the factory finish of aluminum siding after years in the elements. I used a bucket of bleach-soap-water and a sponge. This is old-school folks. I wiped down all the siding with a sponge and then rinsed it off completely with the hose. We could have tried to power wash the house, but I’ve read that it doesn’t always remove the chalky residue, which is imperative for a good bonding between the paint and aluminum siding.
The process worked pretty well and it took around 5 hours to do half the house. (I did most areas twice and also cleaned off the porch, which desperately needed it.)