Post by mountainsounds on Aug 15, 2015 9:25:41 GMT -8
We're following the advice to not cut out/install windows until after paint. Less masking/chance of overspray seems like a good call to me. But should we staple the siding around the future window openings? The siding is bulging a bit in those spots so we're wondering about buttoning down those areas prior to paint. This might be a little tricky to make sure the staples are correctly placed without the hole to provide a guide. What have others done about this? Just cut and mask? Leave window openings covered with aluminum/no stables, bulging not a problem?
Mark out your proposed opening in pencil or in blue masking tape. Do this two or three times, to ensure exactly where you want it to end up. I see no reason not to fasten the siding before painting. In the longest run, even if your opening is off by 1/8 inch from your "proposed" spot, your fasteners will still be sealed under paint, and likely under the window edge, and thus putty tape as well...Not to mention it gives you a great visual of the opening locations before you even paint.
I drill a small hole in each corner. Draw a line from hole to hole, that gives you a guide where the staples should be. Triple check as above to be sure the lines are correct. I agree, staple before paint. I also use a tiny dab of gutter seal on every staple before paint. Just extra insurance. Be sure the seal is wiped very flat.