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If you want the boards to look brand spanking new again, you will want to go with method one. I'd use a heat gun to do it, and not the harsh chemical strippers. Either method takes about as long as the other and the heat gun method is less toxic, and, you either already have a heat gun and don't need to spend money, or you'll buy one and have it for a long ...


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Sometimes new construction is easier in that you know exactly what the house is built of. If you're in an older house there may be more and more surprises which make the project harder and harder. The time estimate would vary depending on this contractor's crew size. It sounds like he has a very small crew (maybe of 1 or 2) and that is reflected in his ...


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TSP last. If you use TSP first you'll be wasting your time cleaning paint that you're just going to scrape off anyway, and the old primer/paint/wood beneath what you scrape off will remain uncleaned. If you use TSP first, that also means the chips and dust from your scraping and sanding won't be washed off. So TSP should always be your last step.


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I would re-prime. 3 years is a long time, and your expectation is that this paint job will last even longer. It's possible that it would be fine without, but if it's not, you'll regret the decision. You could always use a primer + paint combo as long as you're not switching between oil and latex.


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All wood coatings are essentially decorations. The only thing that keeps wood from rotting outside is proper drainage of it and airflow around it. Wood can get wet every time it rains and snows as long as it is permitted to shed water effectively and dry out quickly. When it stays wet even through days of sunshine and wind is when wood will begin to foster ...


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1965 - test the paint for lead. If you have lead paint, you'll need to take appropriate precautions. As for painting preparation, the usual - remove all flaking and peeling paint (scrape, sand, whatever it takes) back to sound substrate - if the substrate is not sound, replace it. That would be firmly attached paint, or the surface of the plaster or ...



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