How to Prepare for House Painting

Repairing and preparing wood for longer-lasting paint.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • Cat's paw
  • Nippers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Extension ladder
  • Paint scraper
  • Painters tape
  • Pry bar
  • Putty knife
  • Rags
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Roof harness
  • Safety glasses
  • Sanding block
  • Square
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife

You'll also need these tools: an offset dovetail saw, metal reciprocating saw blade and holder, and a drop cloth.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Wood sealer
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Shims
  • Siding nails
  • Exterior wood filler
  • Wood trim
  • Siding
  • Caulk