I'm not gonna start now, but I'm just kind of planning it out for next
Anyway my house undoubtedly has about 4 too many coats of paint on the
siding. I'd like the change the color as the original owner chose some
horrid purple/brown color.
Should I remove the previous coats, and how do you do this? Do you use a
stripper first, or sandblaster or scraper. For something the size of a
house, what method is used that is reliable and condusive to a good finish
No sandblasting please. There are tools to mechanically remove it and
there is chemical methods. What is best depends on many factors including
the type and condition of the siding, type and condition of the paint etc.
I would only remove all the existing paint if it were in serious shape
with major peeling problems. Otherwise, you power wash, scrape, prime
bare spots and paint. It would be ideal in many cases to remove the
existing paint, but it's a long, expensive, time consuming job that no
one wants to go through unless absolutely necessary.
Ehhhh, vinyl siding doesn't sound attractive to me right now. Maybe after
doing all that work to paint the house it will, but for now I like wood and
the flexibility it give you.
I'll inquire about the lead stuff, I didn't think about that.
What is the condition of the existing paint? If it's not blistering or
peeling, you might want to consider leaving it alone. Gently wash to
remove dirt and chalk, let dry thoroughly, and paint over it to change
How old is the existing paint? I recommend you read the following
Thanks for the link. In this case the existing paint is about 1/4" thick.
I just don't feel comfortable painting over it as I suspect the wood may
even be pretty nice looking under all that crappy latex.
Sounds like I have a LOT of thinking to do here.
There are power tools similar to an angle grinder designed to take the
siding down to bare wood. It is extremely time consuming to do
yourself and very expensive to have done. I've yet to see one that
didn't leave gouge marks or lots of spots on the ends that have to be
taken down by hand.
The usual method to repaint your house would be to power wash first,
then sand out any rough spots with a rotary sander. Spot prime any
bare spots with a slow drying oil based primer. Apply an acrylic
primer tinted a shade lighter than the finish coat then apply the
Obviouslt the OP hasnt owned a frame house very long.
NEWW owners tend to want to make it PERFECT, after 5 or 10 paintings
they just want to get the @#%$ job done as fast and cheap as possible,
realizing no matter what its tempoorary:(
Vinly or alunimimum siding is a much better investment unless you live
in a historic home or such........
I HATE repetive jobs, want my home as maintence free as possible.
you may fnd that quarter inch of paint hides a multitude of troubles
like rotten boards held together by paint and body filler
A friend stripped all thew trim on hos old brick home and did a
beautiful job, took a whole summer.......
It got back all the detail of his trim.
Trouble is the stripper neutrailzer didnt work and much off his new
paint is constantly peeling off.
He has stripped again and sandsblasted areas that still peel. he has
spent 10 YEARS screwing around and just recently announced next summer
it all alunimum trim for him.
He tells a funny story.
One day he saw his neighbor painting and yelled over looks good.
His neigbor said its white:)
Now he understands it a enmdless project..........
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