I will be repainting my house this spring, but I would like to start
stripping it over the winter. I live in upstate New York, but winter
is not what it used to be. There are many warm days when doing this
outside is actually more pleasant than in the summer sun.
My question is whether it is ok to leave the clapboards bare for a few
months before doing a final sanding and priming/painting. My plan is
to strip the worst off over the winter and do the final sanding in the
spring to expose fresh wood before I primed painted. I would
think that they would not weather significantly over a few months. Any
thoughts? Thanks for the help.
Wood can weather severely over a few months, especially if exposed to water
or snow. You'll probably be okay to strip the paint where there is no
chance of prolonged contact with snow or rain. Also, you should do your
homework on stripping entire houses. It can be a tedious, long, long job.
Beware of shortcuts that could burn your house down.
Why not just powerwash, scrape, sand, prime, and then paint?
If it does weather a little just mix 50/50 household bleach & water in
the spring and spray it on with a bug sprayer. Let it sit for a little
while, then hose it off. It will make it look just like new.
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