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Professional Painting Tips for Wood Siding


We are writing this article for the DIY homeowner with an upcoming wood siding painting project. Painting can beguile many homeowners by appearing simple and then taking much longer than estimated. Details get missed that compromise the quality of the finish and the movement of the ladder and application of paint can be exhausting. Peeling or fading paint tells us that the paint may not be protecting your home as designed. So if your intention is purely weather protection or if your goals are more aesthetic, proper application requires proper understanding. At Wade Paint Co., we are Charleston’s local professional painters excelling in delivering high-end painting services at great value.

Step 1: Assess the Condition of Your Siding

Your first step is to walk around your house. Assess the state of your paint and your wood. If you get to peeling paint, pick at it. Decide if it’s the paint or the wood itself that is deteriorating – that is two different projects. Take note of faded paint, peeling paint, flaking wood, wood rot, areas of dampness, cracks, termites, and other signs of disintegration. Issues not related to paint should be handled first before painting begins. If you are hiring us, this step will be our first step with you, written up in an estimate for your inspection. Noticing defects early leads to proper expectations for yourself or your paint crew later.


Wade Paint doesn’t turn down the scope. So, homeowners with siding in disrepair can hire a single contractor to handle the wood replacement and the siding painting. We have an excellent video of us doing this for a historic home on Tradd St that turned out beautifully.

Step 2: Clean and Prepare the Surface

Proper surface preparation is the key to a successful painting job. Start by thoroughly cleaning the siding to remove dirt, debris, and any mildew or mold. This can be done using a mild detergent and a soft brush or a pressure washer set at a low setting. Be careful not to apply excessive pressure, as it can damage the wood. Allow the surface to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Remove any loose or flaking paint with a scraper or 5-in-1. Old paint flakes and loose dirt will certainly lead to uneven finishes and more peeling and flaking. Scrape and sand more than you originally thought necessary, and it will add years to your project.  Our professional painters take the time to meticulously prepare the surface, ensuring optimal paint adhesion and long-lasting results. Allow the surface to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Prime for a Flawless Foundation

Priming is a critical step, especially for bare wood or unpainted surfaces. Applying a high-quality primer creates a smooth and even base for the paint to adhere to, enhancing its durability and ensuring a long-lasting finish. Choose a primer that is specifically formulated for exterior wood surfaces, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper application. Using a brush or a roller, apply an even coat of primer, covering the entire surface. Allow the primer to dry completely before moving on to the next step. (1)

Step 4: Select the Perfect Exterior Paint

Choosing the right exterior paint is crucial for achieving a beautiful and long-lasting result. Consider factors such as the climate in your area, the type of wood siding you have, and your desired aesthetic. Opt for high-quality paint brands that offer durability, UV resistance, and a wide range of colors to suit your style. Our choice is Sherwin Williams because of their very high quality as well as how well-placed their stores are all around Charleston. Consult with a professional painter to get expert advice on the best paint options for your specific project. Remember, investing in quality paint will ensure a much longer coverage time in general.

Step 5: Skillful Application

Now comes the exciting part—applying the paint! Start by carefully stirring the paint to ensure consistent color and texture. Using a brush or a roller, begin applying the paint to the wood siding, working in small sections at a time. Maintain a smooth and even application, and be mindful of any drips or runs. For larger surfaces, consider using a paint sprayer for faster and more efficient coverage. Take your time and pay attention to detail, ensuring that every nook and cranny is coated evenly. If needed, apply multiple coats for a more vibrant and long-lasting finish.

Step 6: Allow Ample Drying Time

After applying the paint, it’s essential to allow sufficient drying time before exposing the surface to the elements. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding drying times, as they may vary depending on the type of paint and environmental conditions. Be patient and avoid touching or placing objects against the freshly painted surface until it has completely dried. Rushing the drying process can lead to smudges, streaks, or damage to the finish. Remember, proper drying ensures a smooth and professional-looking result.

Step 7: Enjoy Your Home's New Look

Once the paint has dried completely, it’s time to step back and admire the transformative power of a fresh coat of paint. Your home will exude enhanced curb appeal, reflecting your personal style and making a lasting impression. Take a moment to appreciate the hard work and dedication you’ve put into revitalizing your home’s exterior. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the newfound beauty and pride that comes with a well-painted house. By diligently following each of the steps, rest assured that you will achieve a paint job that not only endures for a significant duration but also yields flawlessly impeccable results, leaving you thoroughly satisfied.

wood wall painted by Wade Paint Co


Wood siding is an approachable project. However, working on your nights and weekends is not often ideal. With Wade Paint Co. at your house, your exterior painting project will be done before you know it. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional results to our neighbors in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and West Ashley, and we pride ourselves on our reliability, punctuality, and respect for your property.

Contact us today for a free painting consultation, and let our experts guide you through the process of transforming the exterior of your home. Experience the difference that professional, honest, and reliable service can make. Elevate your home’s beauty with Wade Paint Co. 

(1) https://www.improovy.com/primer-paint/


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Wade Paint Co. proudly offers interior painting and exterior painting services to the following communities: West Ashley, Daniel Island, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palm’s, Sullivan’s Island, and North Charleston.