Use a pressure washer to clean the surface and to wash away as much chipping and peeling exterior paint as possible. Begin the pressure washer on a low setting and stand about four to six feet away from the surface to avoid damaging the surface. Allow the surface to dry completely before proceeding.
Use a metal putty knife to lift and scrape away as much loose paint as possible. Work slowly, being especially careful not to accidentally remove chunks of wood in the process.
Use the pull scraper to remove any remaining chipping or peeling paint. Always pull the scraper toward you and never push it, because you could damage to the surface. Follow the grain of the wood as you pull the scraper along, because working against the grain could also cause damage to the wood.
Use 80- to 120-grit sandpaper to sand away any remaining spots of chipping or peeling exterior paint, and to smoothen any jagged or splintering wood uncovered during the paint removal process. Again, follow the grain of the wood as you sand.
Things You Will Need
- Pressure washer
- Metal putty knife
- Pull scraper
- 80- to 120-grit sandpaper
- When you remove chipping and peeling exterior paint, you will often expose some raw wood in the process. It's vital that you spot prime these areas to promote adhesion and block bleed-through. Paint simply won't adhere to raw wood. So always apply a coat of latex primer to these areas.