House paint stripping

From a distance, the house in Winchester, Mass., site of the 2002 This Old House TV project, was a picture of yellow siding and white trim. Closer inspection revealed a craggy clapboard landscape of cracks, chips, and flakes where 10 coats of paint, applied during the 80-year life of the house, were failing by degrees.

"The clapboards are cypress, I think—a full 10 inches wide and 7/8 inches thick at the butt, " said TOH general contractor Tom Silva. "Beautiful wood in great condition, except that it won't hold any more paint."

Painting contractor Jim Clark concurred: "We could feather out the failed areas with scrapers and sandpaper before priming and top coating, but a year after we finish, the flaking and chipping could start again. So all the paint has to go. That means a lot of work, but when we're finished, we'll have a baby-smooth surface that will hold nice, even coats of paint for a long time to come."

Dealing With Lead
Stripping paint from any house built before 1978 raises the question of lead. Given the number of coats on the Winchester house, Clark had no doubt about the presence of the heavy metal. In the past, getting rid of lead required hiring a licensed—and costly—abatement contractor to remove and dispose of the lead-laced paint. But changed in Massachusetts in 2001, according to Jim Roberts, an environmental analyst with the state's Department of Environmental Protection: "Massachusetts adopted federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines that reclassify lead paint residue from a residence as household waste. The idea is that if it is easier for homeowners to dispose of lead, they will be more likely to remove it from their homes." For Clark and crew, it meant that they could do the work—if they took the mandated safety precautions—and that all the paint they removed from the house could simply be bagged up and chucked into the trash.

St. Gobain Abrasives Norton Non-Woven Depressed Center Rapid Strip Wheel, 4-1/2" Diameter, 5/8"-11 Arbor Hub, Grit Coarse (Pack of 1)
BISS (St. Gobain Abrasives)
  • Wheel mounts on random orbit and rotary sanders to remove paint, rust, coatings, light edge burrs, parting lines, and flashing
  • Semi-flexible open web design resists loading, and conforms to edges, contours, and uneven surfaces without gouging
  • Coarse abrasive is uniformly distributed and bonded throughout the wheel for consistent performance
  • Aggressive free-cutting action helps avoid workpiece smearing
  • Mounts using the depressed center with 5/8 -11 threaded arbor hub

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Sunnyside Corporation Sunnyside 66432 32-Ounce Ready-Strip Paint Remover Clean-Up Wash
Home Improvement (Sunnyside Corporation)
  • Safely removes paint residue or stain remaining after stripping process
  • Contains no methylene chloride or harsh chemicals
  • Environmentally safe
  • Biodegradable and non-flammable
  • Made in USA
3M 3M Indoor Window Insulator Kit, 5-Window
Home Improvement (3M)
  • Included: (1) 5.16 x 17.5 film sheet, (2) rolls of tape, 1/2 x 27.7 yd
  • Insulates five 3 x 5 windows
  • Lowers heating costs and saves energy
  • Applies easily, shrinking tight, wrinkle-free and clear on glass
  • Increasing the R-value of single pane window by 90%
3M 3M Interior Transparent Weather Sealing Tape, 1.5-Inch by 10-Yard
Home Improvement (3M)
  • Weather tape is flexible ? conforms to angles and curves
  • Seals cracks to reduce energy loss
  • Decreases heating costs
  • Shrinks tight for wrinkle-free, clear-as-glass results
  • Increases R-value by 90% over an average single pane window.
Wagner Wagner 0503008 HT 1000 1,200-watt Heat Gun
Home Improvement (Wagner)
  • 1,200-watt heat gun
  • General purpose gun for stripping paint, thawing pipes, loosening floor tiles
  • 2 temperature settings (750 and 1, degrees F) for defrosting freezers or loosening rusted bolts
  • 4,100 Btu output for removing multiple layers of paint
  • Measures 16.5 by 9.8 by 17 inches; Weighs 1.9 pounds; two-year warranty
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