Is there anyway to get old paint (probably oil house paint) off pole barn
siding without removing the finish on the siding? The siding is cream
colored and the paint is dark brown and it's unknown how long it's been
I'm guessing the siding is baked enamel on steel but I don't know for sure.
It's standard pole barn construction.
Any help will greatly be appreciated. I'm sick of looking at the mess the
former owner left after painting window trim.
What sort of grit are you thinking about? And why wouldn't that remove the
cream color from the steel, too? How strong is baked enamel?
Actually, it's such a funny sized area (picture wood framed windows with
paint slopped around the outside of the wood and onto the siding) I can't
see how I could sandblast it without damaging areas that I don't want
It this old factory paint is baked on, then even paint remover isn't going
to do much good.. And you shouldn't mess with the metal primer under it.
I would recommend you prime and paint over it. It is always best to leave a
solidly adhered paint on rather than damage the primer or metal surface
Sandblasting isn't a good idea because the metal sheeting is only going to
be about 28 gage and will distort if you blast or scrap it.
The final option would be to remove it and put new metal siding on. (someone
else may like that color and pay you something for the old metal siding)
My opinion and experience, FWIW.
I think maybe I didn't make myself clear. The sheeting on the pole barn is
cream colored, factory issued.
The previous owner painted the window frames and a sloppy portion of the
siding *around* the windows with dark brown (oil?) paint. (I think he drank
as he painted. It's the only explaination I can think of to explain this
mess.) I only want to get rid of the overpainted dark brown paint on the
cream siding. Painting the whole building for a few sloppily painted
windows doesn't seem practical.
Would paint thinner remove the old paint without damaging the original
siding color if it is baked on? I'm *assuming* that it is baked enamel on
galvanized steel but I really am guessing. Before I became the owner of
this one, I never saw a pole barn before.
Take a piece of the siding to a well known paint company (such as
Sherman Williams). Have them computer match the color and make you a
quart or gallon of paint to match the siding. Then just paint the
offending areas. It may not be a perfect match, but computer matching
is pretty good these days.
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