Paint Pro Tip: Paint in the right order. Home with MINOR Peeling: 1. Remove the shutters and screens. 2. Wash the exterior, shutters, and screens. 3. Scrape all loose paint and glazing putty. 4. Replace any rotten wood. 5. Sand all scraped areas. 6. Spot-prime all bare wood. 7. Apply caulk and glazing putty where needed. 8. Brush all overhangs and high trim. 9. Paint all siding. 10. Paint the windows, doors, and trim. 11. Paint the porch floors. 12. Hang the shutters and screens.
After 30 seconds to a few minutes of steaming, the paint film was soft enough to remove with a stiff, slightly dull, putty knife. During removal, we shifted the steam head to the next section. The steamer left a slight paint film residue that when soft was easy to remove with a sharp pull-type paint scraper. The result was a smooth, clean surface ready to paint -- Old House Journal Online