Painting Exterior Columns
Home repair expert Henry Harrison helps a guest paint a peeling two-story exterior column.
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Home repair expert Henry Harrison helps a guest paint a peeling two-story exterior column. The column is ornamental and unable to support the weight of ladders. Harrison shows how to safely scrape, sand, caulk and paint the column using scaffolding on the upper portions. On his elbow grease scale of one to four, Harrison gives this repair a three.
Materials and Tools:
scaffolding (available for rent at home stores)
1. Erect scaffolding so you can reach the top of the pillar and have a solid base to work from.
2. Start at the top and tackle the project in thirds, moving the scaffolding down the pillar as you go. Put on a dust mask and safety glasses and start scraping away old paint. Tape a paper bag to the pillar to catch much of the paint chips.
3. Use sanding blocks and sandpaper for a smooth finish. Brush off any debris from surface using a utility brush.
4. Apply a coat of primer and let dry. Store the paintbrush in a sealed plastic bag to stay moist just in case you need to make touch-ups later.
5. After the primer's had about 2-1/2 hours to dry, come back and fill in any gaps with caulk. Go ahead and apply a second coat of primer, let dry, then finish with a good topcoat. This will ensure your efforts last a long time and you won't have to repeat the process for years.