Redwood paint issues

[I posted this to alt.coatings.paint with no reply so I'm reposting here]
I'm picking up the pieces of a paint job where the painting contractor attempted to strip some redwood siding with peelaway. Long story->short story he's out of here and I need to figure out what to prime it with. Normally I use two coats of an alkyd based primer over redwood (followed by two coats of latex paint) and it seems to prevent the redwood from staining through. Peelaway requires the use of a latex primer. Any suggests on what to do?
Other complicating factors: The siding had the crap beat out of it and will need extensive sanding and epoxy and some boards will be replaced out right.
The contractor planned on using "Kelly Moore 255 Stain Resistant Acrylic Primer", which I've never used. Is this any good and will it prevent staining as advertised? Is there a better product for the job? I'm not looking for a low cost solution, the house is pretty sweet and deserves the best.
Also the guy used a lot of bondo to level and even to hide where one of his guys ripped out some siding. It's failing all over the place. Is there a good way to remove the stuff?
I'm also looking for a different stripping method for areas that have been hit with the peelaway. Has anyone had experience with the "Silent Paint Remover" thing. It sounds pretty cool, but what product doesn't?
Thanks for the info.
Dave R.
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"When in doubt", I use Zissner's BIN, or KILZ. KILZ is available both in oil-based, and water-based.

Dynamite? <grin>
*I* would replace the boards. even if it is 'again'. Explaining to the owner why the cost is 'what it is'.
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I've had Zissner's stain through with redwood. I'll look into Kilz.

Turns out I own this one as my ongoing fix it up as I live in it project. I never should have farmed out the painting, but I wanted to concentrate on the interior.
I need to redo a lot of siding anyway with some up coming changes so ripping it out is not that far fetched. I mill my own stuff and have a good redwood supplier so it's not as big a deal as it could be. Finding a solvent for the stuff would be useful in the short term though.
Fortunately it's not the old part of the house which has really nice, thick vertical grain first growth redwood on it.
Dave R.
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