I'm interested in the best way to prep/paint my house.
I have an older (1917) house with cedar shingles with many layers of paint on them. I've noticed that some of the houses in the neighborhood have paint jobs that look good from the road but not so good up close. Here is one example:
This was professionally done (versus a home-owner) but I don't know what they charged or the expectation.
My cedar shingles are in good shape but there are many places where the paint has partially delaminated so I worry that if I just powerwash and repaint I'll end up with what you see in the picture.
What is the minimum prep work you would do before painting? How would you prep to "do it right"? Do you need to remove all the paint down to the wood, or somehow just make it smooth? And it seems the IR heaters + scraping is the best way to remove old paint. Is this true?
I guess a side question is: I really dislike how the other paint jobs look and it bugs me whenever I see this even on other peoples' houses. But am I being too picky?