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Spring cleaning and facelifting your exterior

Spring is such a wonderful time of year. After the cold winds of winter, the regeneration that is spring never fails to bring joy and happiness. Those first warm breezes of the year, the greening of the trees, and the music of the songbirds returning from down south, are all part of this magical world of spring. I love the sounds of birds chirping in the in the early hours of the morning, what a pleasant way to awaken.

This rebirth of the natural world is the best time for another renewal of sorts. Itís time to do some exterior painting. Things such as window sills, garage doors, patio furniture, mailboxes and little DIY projects like these. For touch up projects on anything that needs a little TLC, spring is the time to do them.

For any type of metal surface, make sure you take 400 grit sandpaper and rough up the surface a bit. Then, get some good primer, like a RustOleum brand, and cover entirely. Primer will dry rapid, particularly outside where the sun can warm it and the wind can blow over it. Use the power of nature in this way to put on 2 or 3 coats of finish paint. These coats will dry quickly outside, and youíll be able to complete a project that may have taken days inside, which will now only take hours outside. All metal painting can be done this way with superb results, just by allowing the wind and the sun of spring to lend you a helping hand.

These same natural forces will aid you with any kind of house or garage painting as well. Any latex type paint, for doors or windows, will dry in a fraction of a time, and if a second coat is needed, it can be applied almost as soon as the first coat has been painted on.

Painting posts, mailboxes, trim on fences, now is the time to do it. Get it done during the days of spring so that when summer rolls around, your handiwork can be enjoyed by you and anyone who visits. Besides, during those hot dog days of summer, itís better to be lounging in a pool somewhere, and then worrying about painting.

So, during this yearís spring renewal, think about all those little projects that need to be painted. You wonít be going at it alone either, Mother Nature will be there to help you every step of the way. Besides, there isnít a better time to be outside then when the first warm breeze tickles your ears, the scent of tulips tickles your nose, and the beauty of the spring renewal, from chirping birds to blooming flowers, causes you to step back, enjoy the sight, and smile.

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