Dollhouse Siding & Painting

1. If you are going to wire your house for electricity, it is easiest if you do it before any finish work is started. I recommend that you at least run tape-wire in all the rooms (even if you don’t buy the transformer and light fixtures) so it will be available at a later time when you decide you want it.

 
2. The next step is siding. Cut the sheets of siding to the appropriate length for the wall section you are going to cover. Note that I don’t cut piece(s) E for the windows. They will be cut out after the siding is applied. This is easier than trying to cut it accurately ahead of time.
3. Apply solvent based (QuickGrip) glue (do NOT use Elmer’s or Tacky glue - these will cause the siding to warp) to the back of the sheet. Starting near one corner, make a bead of glue slightly larger than a pencil lead (maybe 3/32”). Continue around the edge of the sheet trying to stay near (within 1/4”) the edge as shown.

 

4. Apply the sheet to the wall. Align it with the bottom edge. Move the sheet around in a circular motion to help spread the glue. Pull the sheet QUICKLY (to help prevent glue strings) away from the wall and lay it down to dry.

5. When the glue has set enough that you can touch it and pull your finger away without making strings, (2 - 5 minutes) reapply the sheet to the wall, as close as possible to its final position. This can be done by placing the bottom edge of the siding against the wall and then pushing the top toward the wall. Align the sheet carefully (Notice that the sheets overlap) and then run the sheet thoroughly with a soft cloth to assure good adhesion to the wall. Continue with the rest of the sheets in a similar manner.

 

6. When you come to a window or door, I find it easiest to glue the sheet on (as above) and then cut out the windows and doors. Using a razor saw, cut down both sides of the window opening. Use a sharp knife or razor blade to cut across the bottom of the opening. Snap the waste piece out . It is easier if you apply all the siding and let it cure for at least two hours before you cut out the holes.

 

7. Once all the siding has been put on the house, WAIT 24 HOURS, then paint the clapboards the desired color. When painting, apply 2 or 3 very thin coats. Thick coats will tend to accumulate in the corners and you lose the detail of the siding. Using a 1” stiff bristle brush (or an air brush) works best.

 

 
8. Most windows have removable glazing (plastic) for painting. Remember to replace glazing before permanently installing the windows. On most doors, the door may be removed from the frame by pulling a small brass nail out of the threshold (bottom). This makes it easier to paint multiple colors.

 

9. Paint the windows, doors and trim before applying it to the house. The basic trim is applied by beginning with the gables (L), continuing with the eves (M), and ending with the corners (K).  

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