Exterior Restoration Painting
Minneapolis and St. Paul
Guide to whole house paint removal and recoating.
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Tools and techniques for using heat to completely remove
paint from siding and trim.
1. Ground Cover
3. Face Mask and Clothing
4. Surface Preparation - Heat Guns
5. Pro-Prep Scrapers
6. Setting Nails
7. Hand Sanding
Materials and techniques for coating bare wood.
8. Soaker Coat
10. Acrylic Primer
11. Finish Coats
I've been painting old houses in Minneapolis and St. Paul since 1976,
with an interest in the longevity of the paint job. I've done 100
percent paint removal and recoating on dozens of large houses,
using heat guns, working by myself. I use only Sherwin William's
Lifetime Coating. The photo above and below is my standard fare.
1. Ground Cover
Protecting the health of your customers, their neighbors
and their pets is the motivation for containing lead paint
chips and dust.
Cover the ground with 4 or 6 mil plastic sheeting, cutting
and fitting tightly around bushes. Hang nylon tarps over
bushes, and remove these each night. Use plenty of ballast
to secure the ground cover. After paint removal, slice it
into manageable sections and roll it up.
Vacuum up any remaining chips using a wide diameter
vacuum hose with a tapered attachment. This will
prevent clogging the hose with chips and twigs.
You'll be far more productive working off a plank
than off a ladder. Every house scaffolds differently,
and a lot of thought must be given as to exactly
how to implement it. Whether you rent or own your
scaffolding, you'll find adjustable stands and sidearms
for planks to be very valuable accessories.
Scaffolding will also provide a means for hanging
tarps to help direct chips and dust downwards to the
3. Face mask and clothing
The motivation here is to protect yourself with a mask,
and to protect people and pets you come in contact with
by changing clothes at the jobsite.
I've been using charcoal canister breathing filters.
These seem to be effective, since lead has a definite
odor, and these filters block out all such odor. There
is a filter called ULPA (Ultra Low Penetration Air)
which apparently is the ultimate protection against
lead fumes, but don't look for it at your paint store.
Eyes can also absorb lead fumes, so you might want to
consider full face protection.
4. The heat gun
I've carefully measured stripping progress using single,
double and triple heat guns, and consistently find that
double heat guns strip at exactly twice the rate of single
guns, and triple heat guns strip at exactly triple the rate
of single guns.
Triple guns work well for siding. I buy the twenty dollar
guns at Menards or Home Depot, remove the plastic casing
from two of them, and through the use of electrical or
duct tape, achieve the configuration in the photo. By
doing this and by fastening the cords at your waist, you
will reduce the weight to exactly that of two heatguns.
A very important modification of the nozzle is to make about
a dozen snips and flare out the resulting sections as shown
in the photo. This will not only spread the heat out more
uniformly on the surface to be stripped, it will also allow
you to hold the nozzles right up against the surface and
keep them there. The biggest mistake workers make when
using heat guns is that they tend to keep backing the gun
away from the surface. The nozzles should rest on the
surface 100 percent of the time you are stripping.
Work in long strips. Heat spreads through the paint film
by conduction. If you work in short strips, you lose this
advantage of preheating. You also lose this advantage
every time you back the gun off the surface.
Double heat guns work well for trim and siding. Simply tape
two guns together.
Each heat gun requires a separate electrical circuit. Have
lots of cord on hand. Each 1000 watt gun costs eleven cents
per hour to run. Thus, a triple gun costs less than three
dollars per day to operate.
Heat stripping does not need to be a risky procedure. The
most important thing is to carefully caulk all cracks,
holes and gaps between boards before using heat. Carefully
inspect under each siding board as well as all other boards
for gaps, holes or cracks.
Hidden fires in walls, eaves and under shingles start
in two ways:
1. Heat flowing into cracks, holes or gaps.
There is very dry wood or even dry wood dust in
walls, eaves, and at the roof line. This can
begin to smolder without your knowledge and erupt
into flames after you've gone home.
2. Sparks emitted from heat gun nozzles drift into
cracks, holes or gaps.
Bits of paint shavings fall into the nozzles and
come out as sparks, particularly when melting on
the underside of a horizontal surface, such as a
soffit, which at any rate is generally recommended
You can virtually eliminate the risk of fire by using caulk
to fill in any cracks, holes or gaps prior to heat stripping.
This is my standard procedure. Never aim your gun at or below
any crack, hole or gap.
One place that cannot be caulked is where the roof shingles
meet the fascia board. Stay well away from the roof line
when heat stripping. Dry scrape the upper couple inches of
the fascia board.
Whenever in doubt, turn the guns down to the low heat setting
or back them well away from the surface and use a little extra
Keep a water hose with nozzle attachment and crow bar near
you on your scaffolding. The hose should be left on at the
spicket. (A small fire extinguisher is very handy.) In the
event of a fire, do not pry up any board until you have the
hose in hand. Prying up a board gives the fire a burst of
oxygen and sudden life, causing it to spread rapidly.
4.5 Infrared heat (radiant heat) for paint removal
Another possibility to consider:
A lightweight infrared heater using just one electrical
circuit strips paint nearly as fast as my triple circuit
heat guns, provided there is reasonable continuity of the
paint film to be stripped. I began using infrared heat
occasionally, beginning in 2004, after being alerted to it by
a reader of this website. It's been a nice compliment to
my old standby conventional heat guns. The drawback is that
there is a slow initial heat transfer to the substrate,
meaning it is all the more important to keep the tool on
the substrate continuously.
I haven't seen evidence of any fire hazard with it (but
still use caution), and little or no need of a face mask.
Why no one thought of this for paint removal 40 years ago is
hard to understand. The technology is at least that old.
There is a commercial model available, but I didn't want
to spend $465 on the heavy commercial model when I could
make a lightweight model for about $50 in materials and
30 minutes of my time. I converted an old infrared room heater
for which I had paid about $50 into a very lightweight paint
remover. The replacement tubes are only $10 (and I have yet to
burn out a tube).
My tool works as well as the commercial model, based on
everything I've read about the testing others have done with
the commercial model. The working parts in my tool are the
same as in the commercial model - two quartz tubes.
Go to wbmarvin.com for a listing of available infrared
heaters and the $10 replacement tubes. The model 5460
Steam 'n Heat at $79.95 looks like the current version of the
old Marvin heater I had used to make my paint remover. You
might also check at Walmart or search online for inexpensive
infrared quartz room heaters.
Make your own infrared paint remover and save the weight and
the high cost of the commercial model. The commercial model
(Silent Paint Remover) weighs 4 lb 3 oz. My infrared paint
remover weighs just 1 lb 12 oz. This includes the 12 oz
clamp being used for the handle. A lighter handle, such as
a simple L shaped piece of wood will bring the weight down
to just 1 lb 1 oz. Having stripped paint for a living for
the past 40 years using heat guns, I can assure you that
you'll appreciate this weight reduction and increased
I refolded the aluminum reflector so that the tubes would
be spaced 2 1/2 inches apart, which is the average spacing
of narrow lap siding.
I also made a single tube model for doing narrow architectural
Neither the aluminum reflector or the clamp get too warm
to cause any problem. I casually lay the tool down facing
up and running (meaning plugged in - no switch needed) when
I'm not using it. You can lay it down on any surface such
as a wood plank, the ground, or a nylon tarp.
5. Pro-Prep scrapers
These scrapers will not only greatly boost your heat stripping
output, they will be your partner in all kinds of dry scraping
endeavors, from high speed outdoor dry paint removal to fine
interior wood refinishing projects, including furniture.
Proper sharpening and use of these scrapers is at the heart
of indoor and outdoor refinishing projects. The blades shown
above will be your primary ones for outdoor work (and most
indoor work). For heat stripping, I use the small sized
handles even with the large sized blades. This gives greater
clearance for shavings.
Buy large coarse grade files by the half-dozen, or by the
dozen if you have a helper. A sharp file is the only tool
to use to sharpen your scraper. As soon as filing becomes
a bit of a struggle, throw the file away.
Place the scraper on a firm surface and file into the blade
edge. File at a 45 degree angle. Slightly round the corners
of the large flat blades as shown in the drawing, and for
dry scraping, very slightly arc the entire edge as shown.
Rounding the corners will help keep you from making gouge lines
on the surface you're scraping. Arcing an edge will give you
better bite for dry scraping.
Keep your file with you at all times. Dry scraping necessitates
resharpening as often as every half minute. Heat scraping
necessitates resharpening about every five minutes.
Use a variety of motions with your scraper - towards the guns
with the grain, away from the guns with the grain, perpendicular
to the grain, and diagonal to the grain.
Take your time and let the heat do most of the work, or
you'll end up with gouges on your wood surfaces. Clean up
all residue as you go along.
Heat assisted scraping is usually the best approach even
when just spot scraping. It's gentler on the wood and will
allow you to feather the paint as you go along.
Retire your blade as soon as it becomes a bit of a chore
to sharpen it. (You get to the thicker part of the blade
as you sharpen it.) The cost of the files and scraper
blades is small compared to the cost of struggling with
expended files and blades.
Here is a great dry scraping tip for fast paint removal,
especially when the paint is stubbornly attached: Use the
round edge of your blade to make channels in the surface.
Space these parallel channels about 1/3 of an inch apart.
Then come back over it with the flat blade. Presto - you
can strip any thick stubborn paint with very little muscle.
The only catch is that it sometimes leaves a somewhat crude
surface. Be careful of where and how you use this technique.
6. Sinking nails
Setting nails needs to be done after heat stripping and before
I found that I couldn't set nails for very long unless I used a
vicegrips to hold the nail set, as my fingers gave out. Better
yet, grind the ball of a ball-peen hammer into the shape of a nail
set. Then use another hammer to strike the ball-peen hammer. You
can really fly along with this method. It's been my method for
the past fifteen years.
The nail set holes are filled with a low shrinkage elastic
filler after the initial wood priming. A good general purpose
filler is CLEAR siliconized acrylic caulk with Durham's
water putty powder added to greatly reduce the water content,
which in turn greatly reduces shrinkage. Two applications are
typically needed. Allow some cure time before applying any
coating over it. Be sure to use the CLEAR caulk to
minimize its capacity to absorb moisture during its service
(These days, I actually just use 210 minute powder joint
compound mixed with the caulk, rather than Water Putty --
a much better buy. And as long as you keep the mixture
wrapped in plastic, it will have an indefinitely long
shelf life. This mixture can also be used to fill very
large cavities where you've carved away rotted wood,
sparing you many minor carpentry tasks.)
A less elastic filler is epoxy with Durham's water putty powder
added. Though lacking in elasticity, this filler does have the
advantage of absorbing virtually no moisture even under extreme
conditions. This means that it won't release excessive
moisture during periods of rapid moisture evaporation through
the paint film, such as when a hot afternoon sun heats up a
dark colored topcoat. If that dark colored topcoat has much of
a sheen, it could blister where excessive moisture tries to
quickly escape. However, epoxy fillers are very time consuming
and fussy to work with. I gave that method a thorough test
on three occasions, and finally said "never again" except in
such case as noted above.
Sometimes siding boards are so dense and the nail heads so
large that setting is impractical if not impossible. In
those cases the nail heads will need a very heavy spot priming
with red iron oxide rust primer prior to applying the wood
primer. They will also need a very careful finger-wipe
caulking after the wood primer is applied, or else water will
surely enter the surface here and cause premature paint
7. Hand sanding
80 grit floor sanding paper works well for all exterior hand
sanding tasks. Not only is it very long lasting, but it is
stiff and thus works very well on corners and narrow
surfaces. It can also be formed into a stiff rolled
shape for doing tight concave surfaces.
For a little more money, you can avoid getting slivers
(no small issue) by using sponge sanding blocks. They are
also long lasting and come in coarse, medium and fine grit.
If you were gentle with the scraper and let the heat do
most of the work as you heat stripped, and if you carefully
scraped off all the residue as you went along, then a good
stiff hand sanding will complete the stripping task.
Of particular importance is the rounding of the
underside of each siding board, as well as the edges of
all trim boards.
Blow dust off the wood and out of nail holes with a reversed
vacuum or leaf blower before priming.
* A conditioning soaking coat.
* Caulking and filling.
* A primer to complete the moisture seal.
* Finish coats primarily for sunlight protection.
Start with a thin product with good sealing properties,
heavily applied in the shade. Follow with another coat
with good sealing properties to make sure the wood always
stays relatively isolated from outside moisture. Finish
with a topcoat with good permeability (good breather).
The topcoat is mostly for sunlight protection.
8. The Soaker Coat
I use only a clear acrylic/urethane bonding primer as my
initial wood conditioner/sealer. Oil based primers, even
when thinned out and applied heavily for maximum soak,
are not the slightest bit elastic and cannot accomodate
substrate movement, especially when the substrate is
old dry wood, broad thin lumber, poorly cut lumber,
plywood or pine.
Acrylic/urethane bonding primer:
Pittsburg Paints Permanizer Plus is excellent for use as an
initial wood primer. It has good penetration, and has the
additional property of being able to stabilize old dry cracked
wood. It does this by sending its three dimensionally elastic
molecules into the pores of the wood and by winding its way
through every crack in the wood, forming a continuous elastic
barrier against water. This primer creates success where
oil based primers fail. The difference is dramatic.
Its urethane content also makes it surprisingly effective
against tanin bleeding from cedar.
Be absolutely certain to flood it onto the surface,
preferably in the shade. Remember, you get only one
chance to soak the wood properly.
Dry gray wood indicates surface rot. Sand it away, since
the wood fibers are very weak when gray and can fail,
taking the paint off with it of course.
If you ever need a cold weather (sub 50) version of
Permanizer Plus, try this:
3 parts XIM Peel Bond
1 part Sherwin Williams Clear Base Woodscapes (untinted)
The Peel Bond provides the appropriate amount of
acrylic resin. The Clear Base Woodscapes provides
the appropriate amount of urethane.
This blend makes a suitable replacement for Permanizer
Plus at all temperatures between 35 and 90. In fact, it
has been my first choice regardless of temperature for
the past twenty years, since it is much more readily
available. There are few places that sell Permanizer
(I can vouch for mixing Woodscapes with clear acrylic
only when the clear acrylic is XIM Peel Bond. If you
mix Woodscapes with any other clear acrylic primer, you
are on your own, and I can't guarantee you won't have
problems with the subsequent coating adhering properly
to the clear primer. In any case, it's recommended
that you apply the next coating within a day of
applying the Peel Bond/Woodscapes mixture to ensure
good adhesion. Just several hours of direct sunlight
in hot dry weather can cause too much curing and poor
adhesion of the subsequent coating. Just using
unmodified clear acrylic primer is always a safe bet
in that regard.)
For surfaces that are a complex mixture of bare wood
and existing paint, making spot priming impractical,
an alkyd primer might be okay when the existing paint is
alkyd or oil base, but an acrylic primer such as the one just
described should be used when the existing paint is latex.
It's always a risk to apply alkyd primer or alkyd paint
over latex paint. The reasons for this are not chemical
incompatiblity but rather mechanical considerations: You
don't want a coating which is a very poor breather over a
coating which is a good breather, as this can lead to
moisture buildup in the good breathing coat and ultimate
failure. You also don't want a coating with little
elasticity over a coating of high elasticity, as this can
lead to alligatoring.
9. Caulking and filling
The caulking and nail hole filling is performed next,
allowing you to apply two film forming coats over it.
My two favorite all-purpose caulks are DAP 35 year clear
siliconized acrylic and White Lightning 40 year clear sili-
conized acrylic. The DAP is lower water content, stiffer,
and can be painted over a little sooner. Caulk every little
crack, tiny hole and end joint, however tight the joint may
You should use a polyurethane caulk such as Vulkem, PL, or
Sherwin Williams for high movement "architectural joints",
such as where fascia and crown moulding meet at outside
corners. Allow plenty of drying time.
This is also the point at which filling the nail holes is
performed. See section 6 (sinking nails) above.
Another excellent use for the DAP 35 year caulk is as window
glazing. I resisted this method for years because I was
proud of my traditional glazing skills. But caulk will
outlast glazing by dozens of years, will remove far more
easily should you need to replace a window pane, will save
a considerable amount of time right up front, and will have
a nice appearance once you become proficient at
applying it. It's been a frequent method of mine for many
years -- it depends on the particular project. After
applying the caulk, run your little finger along it in a
pushing manner. Be sure to prime the mullions
prior to caulking or glazing. Also be sure to razor away
existing paint from the window glass prior to priming and
glazing. Use the DAP white caulk for glazing.
10. Second coat - The Acrylic Primer
After caulking you are ready for your second coat of
primer, as the clear sealer alone is not adequate
moisture protection for the wood.
All coatings, from the initial sealer to the finish coats,
need to be elastic.
This is especially important whenever the wood has a high
degree of unstability, such as in the case of old dry
cracked wood, plywood, poor cut wood, broad soft boards,
A pigmented acrylic primer such as 1-2-3 by Zinnser
works well over the penetrating coat. This primer
will provide pretty good film build and provide both
moisture protection and the beginning of sunlight
protection. This coating needs to be applied heavily
if it's going to do its work. Be very careful to not
brush it beyond what is necessary -- it is more sensitive
to overbrushing than other acrylic products. Window sills
need an extra coat.
If there is bleeding present after the clear sealer has
been applied, a coat of 1-2-3, or in extreme cases, multiple
light coats of 1-2-3, would handle that as well. Adding
yellow oxide to 1-2-3 makes it more effective against tannin
bleeding in cedar. (The tinting base of 1-2-3 does not
provide good protection against tanin bleeding.)
When the wood is particularly unstable, a good option for the
second coat of primer is a 1:1 blend of the clear sealer and
the finish paint in the form of Duration satin (discussed
in the next paragraph), a far more elastic coating than 1-2-3.
(Caution: Do not mix 1-2-3 and Duration paint together. You
will get clay.)
11. Finish Coats
Sherwin Williams exterior finish coats
I use Sherwin Williams Duration Lifetime Coating exclusively.
The best Sherwin Williams paints have always had the best
ingredients in the optimum percentages.
Sherwin Williams Duration Lifetime Coating is a higher build,
better bonding, more flexible coating than previous premium
acrylic coatings and is the ultimate finish coat for exterior
Duration performs well down to 35 degrees. I do not rely on it
for general bare wood priming, since most situations call for
better penetration, sealing or stabilization. Disregard any
information on the label or advice you get from the paint store
regarding the use of Duration or any other paint as a primer.
A fully pigmented product such as house paint cannot possibly
penetrate wood cells or enhance wood fibers the way a dedictated
primer can. It is no wonder that I've seen other painters'
coatings fail when they've used Duration as a wood primer.
Duration can be used as a two coat system over the clear sealer,
but using 1-2-3 as the next coat over the clear sealer will
provide better moisture protection, as well as bleeding
protection as mentioned above. (Also see the final paragraph
of section 10.)
I use eggshell finish latex for exteriors whenever I can,
as opposed to flat, semigloss or even satin finish latex.
Eggshell finishes have just the right resin/pigment ratio to
allow the paint to both breath and shed water. Ideally, the
topcoats should breath better than the primer(s) in order to
avoid moisture trapping.
Eggshell finish latex paints also tend to have more ideal
elongation (elasticity) properties.
This means that I typically mix satin Duration 1:1 or 2:1
with flat Duration to achieve an eggshell finish. The
satin finish is particularly risky when using a dark
color, as a hot afternoon sun can cause it to blister.
It's unpredictable. (2018 update: Duration now comes
in an eggshell finish. It's called low lustre.)
There is a strong tendency for people to overbrush latex
coatings and to spread the coating too far. One goal is
to apply a film of protection on the surface, not to
just color the surface. Another goal is to transfer the
acrylic substance from the can to the surface in a
uniform film with as little disturbance of the resin as
possible - this is what insures long term film service.
There should be a minimum of three coats of film forming
product everywhere (except well shaded soffits). This
might take the form of a clear sealer followed by two coats
of Duration, or a clear sealer followed by 1-2-3 acrylic
primer, then Duration.
Anything less does not adequately seal the surface.
When moisture penetrates into the wood often, the surface
wood fibers lose their integrity and the film fails at
the wood surface, ultimately as the result of hydrostatic
pressure acting on what has become a poor bond.
A four coat system is recommended: the clear sealer,
1-2-3, then two coats of Duration. Adequately sealing
the surface is important even for short term success.
Soffits require less protection. For well shaded soffits
that have only a small percentage of bare wood exposed
after scraping, you could actually get by with just a one
coat process: mix one part Penetrol or Emulsa Bond with
three parts acrylic finish coat. This gives the coating
better sealing and surface wetting properties. (Penetrol
mixes with latex paint just as well as Emulsa Bond and
provides the same long term performance. I always have
Penetrol in stock and therefore use it exclusively.)
To review: I favor the all acrylic systems even when the
existing substrate is oil based. I rely on the clear sealer
as a whole house initial primer, over bare wood of course,
but also over chalky paint (brush or back-brush) and checked
paint (if sound). It binds any residual dirt on the surface
that pressure washing leaves behind and even helps rejuvinate
the surface of an old acrylic paint film.
Encapsulation can be regarded as stabilizing a substrate,
whether the substrate is bare wood or old paint.
Boards with horizontal hairline cracks as well as larger
cracks need to have a high stretch caulk troweled into their
There can be over a hundred such areas on a house with these
types of lumber problems, and replacing all such boards can
be cost prohibitive, especially when dealing with fascia
boards and crown molding, the very boards that most frequently
have long running cracks.
Old checked paint
(This section examines the concept of layering
coatings for optimal encapsulation.)
First of all, one needs to learn to recognize the difference
between stable and unstable old paint. Generally speaking,
if the paint is not seperating from the substrate or even
hinting at it, then the paint is stable, even if heavily
But checked paint can become unstable if not encapsulated
It's desirable to use a very elastic final coat over the
checked paint, or else the checking will transmit through
it in time.
Unfortunately, a coating which is sufficiently elastic to
accomplish that might also pull the old coating loose from
the substrate through repeated expansion and contraction
with temperature changes.
Applying an oil based primer over the checked paint
prior to an elastic coating will not solve the problem,
because the elastic coating will still do work on the checked
paint by virtue of transmitting its force very effectively
through the relatively inelastic coat of new oil primer.
What to do? The secret is in using a go between coating
that is not elastic enough to flex the checked paint loose,
but elastic enough to force the elastic topcoat to do much
of its work on the go between coating. The flex force of
the elastic topcoat is largely dissipated in the go-between
I find the definition of the paint film attribute "elongation"
to be misleading: A paint film with an elongation factor
of 1 means it will stretch to 2 times its own length before
tearing. An elongation factor of 2 means it will stretch to
3 times its original length before tearing. So I use a term
called "stretch factor" to distinguish it from the industry
defined term - "elongation", even though it's the exact same
A coating with a stretch factor of 1 means that the coating
will tear upon trying to stretch it beyond its original length
of 1 unit. A coating with a stretch factor of 2 means it will
tear when stretched to double its original length.
Here are some examples among quality exterior coatings:
Sherwin Williams Superpaint flat 1.3
Benjamin Moore Moorlife flat 1.5
Benjamin Moore Moorgard eggshell 1.5
Zinsser 1-2-3 acrylic primer 1.6
Sherwin Williams Superpaint satin 2.1
Sherwin Williams Duration flat 2.5
Sherwin Williams Duration satin 3.1
These numbers are approximate values, based on averaging
my test samples using white or light colors.
I've had great success in longterm encapsulation using
paint or primer with a stretch factor of between 1.3 and
1.6 as my buffer coat, but prefer the low end of this range.
It must be applied heavily or in two coats (1.3, then 1.6)
to be most effective. Start with a light coat of the clear
sealer, especially if there is any bare wood mingled with the
checked paint. It's function is to seal the wood and bind
any dust on the surface. It's thin film will not play a role
in the stability of the checked paint one way or the other.
(It has a stretch factor of 1.5.)
Duration is of course my choice for the final coat over
the buffer coat(s).
I've yet to see failure upon returning to inspect old job
sites where this method was used.
There are also (dubious) heavy bodied encapsulation coatings
available. Take a look at their elongation properties before
committing to their use.
When paint separates from the substrate, there is always
hydrostatic pressure involved. This is the pressure of
water evaporation. To reduce the possibility of this occuring,
you must use coatings with a favorable ratio of adhesion to
permeability, you must apply them in the correct order, and
you must not overcoat a surface.
A heavy build up of coatings over the years can work against
you in two ways:
When the permeability of the overall coating system reaches
a certain low point, the film will separate at the weakest link,
usually at the surface of the wood, especially if the initial
primer did not penetrate deeply enough into the wood or did not
enhance the wood fibers.
Also, as the total thickness increases, the elasticity decreases,
leading to cracks in the film.
Which is the biggest problem is hard to say.
To review what was said earlier about primers and topcoats:
Start with a product with good sealing properties, heavily
applied in the shade. Follow with another coat with
good sealing properties to make sure the wood always stays
relatively isolated from outside moisture. Finish with a
topcoat with good permeability (good breather). The topcoat
finalizes the moisture protection and provides sunlight
When encapsulating old paint, there is risk of creating
hydrostatic pressure beyond what the old coating can resist,
but that can sometimes be a good risk management decision,
considering the cost of paint removal.
On some projects, I've removed and reinstalled all
the siding back side out, running each piece through
a table saw to remove the paint from the bottom edge.
I hand sand or power sand the face to freshen it. The
total time required is about the same as for stripping
with the triple heat gun as described above. If you are
handy with a flat pry bar, you can remove all the siding
with no damage. It's important to grind down your flat
pry bar until it is very sharp and has a very slim profile
over the first couple of inches.
Reversing the siding works only if your house has
vertical corner boards, or if you are willing to
install corner boards. Otherwise the bevels at the
corners will be backwards. I once converted a house
to vertical corner boards and it went very smoothly.
Mark the locations of each siding board on the adjacent
window frame or corner board prior to removal. Scrape
the edge of the window frame or corner board clean of
paint so that you can pry off the siding boards without
Work from the top down. Use a specialty pry bar to
extract the nails from the top two or three siding
boards. It is smooth sailing the rest of the way.
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algebraic derivations of all the kinematical effects of special
relativity. Everything is charted out in absolute terms against
a system at rest with respect to the totality of the universe
for perfect clarity as well as soundness of theoretical basis.
It is the totality of the universe that imparts the inertial
properties of clock rates and lengths which generate the effects
of relativity. This is explained in detail in Relativity Trail.
Chaos etc - equations and graphical output.
Eight equations generating exotic behavior,
along with the program code and graphical output.
RogCAD - 3D CAD software for Windows and DOS -
featuring keyboard entry of points, lines, planes, cubic
elements and curved elements. Your design elements
will fit together seamlessly. Text file data
allows for easy and robust editing of design elements.
There is automatic surface modeling with light source
direction, and an advanced customizable color palette.
RogCAD Girder and Panel Building Set
3D CAD virtual building set, modeled after the
1957 - 1962 Kenner Girder and Panel building set.
His story and music videos
The Hermit Thrush
Streaming three minute audio of the Hermit Thrush