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I'm looking for good resources for painting a wood house. I'm looking for the proper tools and techniques.

I don't want to hire somebody to do the job, I would like to do it myself. I just need to know:

  • What kind of paint is best to use on a wood house: Oil, latex, something else?
  • What techniques are there to give the house an aged look?
  • What other important information should I know before painting a house.
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'prefab' really isn't a particular architectural style...it's a manufacturing process. Can you post a picture? –  DA01 Jun 2 '11 at 5:52
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Are you looking for somebody to paint the house for you, or somewhere you can see samples? If your looking for somebody to do the work, this is not the site for that (try Angie's List). If your looking for samples, this may not be the site for that either (try Sherwin Williams). If you have a specific question about the tools and techniques used to paint a house, you are in the right place (try rephrasing your question to ask about a specific problem you are having, or a list of tools you'll need). –  Tester101 Jun 2 '11 at 12:02
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Q. What kind of paint is best to use on a wood house: Oil, latex, something else?

A. Being taught old school by my professional painter & decorator grandfather, I should say oil based paints, but I think he might even agree that modern top-quality 100% acrylic paints are the way to go nowadays. Mind you top-quality 100% acrylic paints are not cheap.

Q. What techniques are there to give the house an aged look?

A. I think you referring to the art of "Distressed" effects. Takes some practice and skill, and will most definitely add additional time and money to the project.

Q. What other important information should I know before painting a house.

A. Preparation. Preparation & preparation is everything to achieving a high quality paint job that will last for years...

For the most professional and longest lasting paint job (but will add great cost to the project), remove all paint ie Get back to bare wood, then prepare the bare wood for painting - filling cracks, holes, sanding to a smooth finish...

To save some money on the preparation stage you can leave existing paint on (but only the paint that is still well adhered to the wood). Remove all chipped, loose paint. Fill cracks and holes. Sand to a smooth finish, including the existing painted surfaces. Paint any bare wood with wood-primer...

If you encounter any damp, rotten, etc wood during the preparation stage, I highly recommend removing it. When doing so, cut 150mm (6inch) past the last sign of damage ie Get back to good, solid wood. Preferably re-patch with the same wood species.

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@ Mike Perry Great answer thanks. What exactly is Preparation. Preparation & preparation? There are some good manual or book that should I know about? Any extra info is welcome. Really Thanks! –  B4NZ41 Jul 7 '11 at 15:51
    
@Fernando Costa, no worries. Have edited my answer, expanded a little on "preparation" section. –  Mike Perry Jul 7 '11 at 16:04
    
Preparations A through G were a complete failure... –  Doresoom Jul 7 '11 at 17:23
    
Now is better explained. :) Thanks. I'll have a lot of job for the next few months. –  B4NZ41 Jul 7 '11 at 19:26
    
@Fernando Costa thanks! I have also added an other "preparation" detail to take into account. Good luck with your paint project :) –  Mike Perry Jul 7 '11 at 21:23
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