Expert weighs in with various painting tips

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    A couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my house.

    My last paint job — done in the summer and fall of 2003 — has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of freshening up, though, so it’s time.

    This, however, will be my final painting effort on the exterior of this house.

    I neither expect to be living in the house 13 years from now, nor do I entertain the thought of spending several hours a day on a ladder at age 79.

    I hope, instead, to be playing tennis and golf and playing with my grandchildren by then.

    And napping, don’t forget napping.

    For those of you who plan to embark on an exterior-painting project this spring, I offer some suggestions from my go-to source for advice, the Paint Quality Institute in Spring House, Pa.

    Since the paint on my cedar-sided house is “sound and continuous,” for the most part, and lead-free, with minimal sanding, scraping, caulking and filling, I’ll give you the PQI basics:

    • Treat any mildew with a 3:1 mixture of water to household bleach, leaving it on for 20 minutes and adding more as it dries. Wear eye and skin protection. Rinse thoroughly.
    • Dull any glossy paint by sanding with fine-grit (No. 220) garnet paper. Wear eye protection, dust mask, and work gloves

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